This is my second review for a pattern from the Sewing for Boys book, which comes with 24 patterns with actual pattern pages, so I figure this qualifies as a pattern. Many of the reviews I saw on Amazon were for people just excited that there was a boys sewing book (totally get that) but it seemed like they hadn't actually tried the patterns. So I figured reviewing the ones I tried would help other moms of boys out there. Anyway, this review is for the Kickin' Back Sweats pattern and I would consider my clothing making abilities more on the advanced side.
These shorts were made in a size 2/3. My son is just moving into a size 3 on bottoms (he has short legs so he is more like a size 2 in terms of length).
This review will be much kinder than the Raw Edged Raglan tee one
These shorts are 2 pieces & elastic waist - a piece of cake! The only thing I would have added was a little better markings on the pattern piece or a diagram when the directions start with sewing the inner legs together. If you were a beginning sewer, I could see how this might be a little confusing. But really, that is the only complaint I had about the entire pattern. Really, once the pieces are cut, you could have these done in an hour easily. And if you weren't matching plaids on a persnickity fabric like I was, that would probably include cutting out the pieces as well.
This pattern was modeled in the book as pants, made with a knit of some sort. I opted to make shorts out of a woven fabric. The pattern pieces are shared with the Bobby's Bathers (swimsuit), so the shorts line was marked. The authors only allowed 1/2" for a hem allowance (with wovens - they tell people not to bother hemming knits) and the pattern looked short, so I did add about an inch and a half on the bottom. When I make these again, I would just stick to the pattern length because my son has short legs. In terms of fit, they are on the roomy side & I would say the fit is more in line with a size 3 than a 2. They allow for active toddler type movement.
If you are looking for something special, than these shorts probably aren't it because there are no details like pockets or anything. But in terms of a basic shorts pattern (I didn't have one), I would recommend these. And quick & easy is always a bonus for moms of small kids. Plus, since we are potty training, the elastic waist is a plus to me right now. I plan to try these in a pants form & I'll update my review when I do.