Beach to School Knit Bottoms by The Plucky Butterfly Designs


Everyone loves a pattern that has lots of options. Multiple lengths, widths, and accents make it possible to sew one pattern in many different ways, making more bang for your buck! Today, Crystal and Rebecca are bringing you their review of the Beach to School Bottoms from The Plucky Butterfly Designs. Read on to see how many variations you can make!

Hello hello! It’s Crystal, from Stitched by Crystal. I got the chance to sew up the Beach to School Bottoms by Plucky Butterfly Designs and am here today to share my review of the pattern with you! This was my first time sewing up a pattern from Plucky Butterfly Designs.  This pants pattern has TONS of options! I went with a simple legging option in a fun aztec print, but the pattern has 3 different leg widths all with 5 different lengths and options for ruffles or flounces!  Some of the length names had me giggling, like the shorty shorterton and daddy approverton :)  With this one pattern, you can make everything from short, tight gymnastics shorts to long, loose ruffle pants! The leggings have a yoga waistband which I love!

I made the size 2 for my petite girl, she was a bit smaller than the size chart but the pattern gives instructions for altering the yoga band to fit your child.  Overall I found the fit was great, the leggings are a bit looser through the thighs and snug on the lower leg. This pattern would be really great someone new to sewing knits.  The pattern really breaks down each step.  More experienced sewers may find the pattern a bit wordy, but they can probably just skim through the instructions and have no trouble sewing these up. The pattern is not nested, so you only print the size you need, which is great with all the cut lines and widths this pattern has!

So let me give you all the details on the Beach to School Bottoms...

  • Sizes 2-12 and doll size
  • Really basic instructions that I think even the most beginner of sewers could follow!
  • options, options, options!  5 lengths, 3 leg widths, and options for flounces or ruffles!
  • A super quick sew.
  • Easy to print and assemble pattern pieces and you only print the size you need.
  • There is a print guide so no guessing on which pages to print.
  • A size chart to help you choose which size to make.  And the size chart includes measurements for waist, hips, thighs, and inseam to help you get a really custom fit.
  • Tons of great tips throughout
  • Tons of photos of finished pants for inspiration!

This pattern is a great basic pant that would make a great addition to your pattern collection.  I know this one will get used over and over again!  You can pick the pattern up for under $5 right now HERE!

The best kind of patterns that are available are the ones that you can use over and over and over again. The ones that have many different options and styles. The ones that are your go to patterns. The staples to your little's wardrobe. And the Beach to School Bottoms by The Plucky Butterfly Designs.

For my review I chose to do the relaxed pant length with the flounce. I wanted something a little different than the ruffles for this pair, but the next pair I make, which there will be MANY more in our future, we are going to add ruffles!!! 

This pattern can be used year round, hence the name Beach to School Bottoms. You can make these in shorty short length, short length, capri length and pant length. See, it really is year round!!!! They also go from a doll size all the way up to a size 12, so not only can this pattern be used year round, it can be used year after year after year!

The pattern has a wonderful fit overall: great length, great waist, great room in the bum. Just perfect fit all the way around!

The pattern is very well written and includes lots of information from tips and tricks to techniques to a little silliness.... There are tables for the child's measurements, fabric requirements for each of the different styles and a table for cutting ruffles for each size. Everything in this pattern is easy to find and logically placed within the pattern.

Another must have, especially for patterns with lots of sizes, is a table that tells you which pages to print for the size you are needing and this pattern includes that! Yay for saving my paper and my ink!!

The instructions have great detailed pictures that will help guide you to make the perfect bottoms. I find this to be very helpful for new sewists, or even for those experienced sewists that look at the pictures as opposed to reading through all of the instructions. I know I am not the ONLY one that does that!!!!

This was my first pattern that I have used by The Plucky Butterfly Designs and I really enjoyed it! The fit was wonderful, the size options vast so it can be used for many years (because lets face it, the styles in this pattern are not going to be going out of style anytime soon), the instructions are great for a beginner who has never sewn with knits or to the experienced sewist, and these things can literally be made in 30 minutes tops! I was able to tape up the pattern, get my fabric cut, and get them sewn together in less than 30 minutes! Hands down that is just one of my favorite things about this know you love those quick sews just as much as I do!!!

So with that, I have no idea what you are waiting for to go grab this pattern! You can sew up some shorts for the beach, the gym, for under skirts and dresses. Sew up some longer shorts and pair them up with some tights and boots for the winter. Make some capris and then go ahead and make a few pair of pant length for the heck of it!!!

Happy Sunday!!!