The Sand and Sidewalk Boardshorts and Skate Pants by Fishsticks Designs

Today we take a look at the Sand and Sidewalk Boardshorts and Skate Pants by Fishsticks Designs.  This is a great pattern with tons of options and plenty of versatility.  Here is Jessica to give you a full review and tell you all about it.


Hi!  It's Jessica again, from Snickerdoodle Stew.  Lately I've been doing a little more sewing for the boys in my life.  Partly because every time we get a fluffy mail delivery, my six year old pouts because it's not for him!  He wears uniforms to school and I don't have many chances to sew for him, so when this review came up, I knew exactly what I wanted to do for my big guy!

If you're looking for a great boy's pattern that has several options, lots of great detail, and multi-season versatility, you need look no further than the Sand and SIdewalk Boardshorts and Skate Pants pattern from Fishsticks Designs.  This was my first pattern from Bonnie, and I was really, really pleased with the final result.  As was my son!  I chose the boardshort version and I I used these great Avengers and polka dot prints from JoAnn.  I paired it with the Patrick Curved Raglan, also from Fishsticks Designs, made with knits from The Purple Seamstress.

Lots of great details here!

Lots of great details here!

Here's a brief breakdown of this wardrobe staple:

  • Spans sizes 12M to 12
  • Has options for pants or shorts
  • Details include flat front, elastic back, 2 front pockets, 2 cargo pockets, optional belt loops, and optional drawstring
  • PDF includes nested AND separated sizes for printing

There are 2 things that I REALLY want to tell you about this pattern.  The first is that I LOVE all the attention to detail.  I mentioned the pockets and belt loops, but if you like the look of topstitching on boy's items, this pattern is totally for you!  A lot of the seams have double topstitching and I really think it takes these seemingly simplistic pants up a notch and makes them look more like something from ready-to-wear.  Your friends will all wonder where you got these awesome shorts!  I will say that the details do add to the sewing time on these, so if your naptime gives you 2-3 hours, you're good to go. 

The second thing is that all of the steps give you a great walk-through and clear pictures.  This is especially helpful if you're newer to sewing for boys and all of these non-ruffly details.  There are even diagrams for printing and page breakdowns for each size.  The only thing I really missed was a breakdown of fabric requirements for main and contrasting fabrics, but this is nowhere near a deal breaker in my book. 

If you're looking to round out your boy's back-to-school wardrobe, both of these patterns from Fishsticks Designs are sure to be winners!