my favorite pattern: cindy from siestas & sewing

Cindy is back with us for a visit. Previously she has shared how she customized the 2+2 Blouse and how she made a spaghetti straps top out of the Class Picnic Blouse. Also, last year her family hosted Flat S (and taught her how to surf!). Now she is stopping by to tell us about her favorite pattern. Thanks so much for being here Cindy!

Hi, I’m Cindy from Siestas & Sewing and I’m a long time Oliver + S fan. It’s hard to pick a favorite pattern as all of them are pretty terrific. But if I had to choose one, I’d say it’s the Sandbox Pants.


Customized Oliver + S Sandbox Pants

The Sandbox Pants are a great basic pull on pants pattern. The fit is perfect, neither too slim nor too relaxed and has a nifty elastic/drawstring combo waistband. I’ve sewn it at least 10 times over the years for both my son and my two younger daughters.


Oliver + S Sandbox Pants


A little scary, huh? One thing is for sure, my son has grown a lot in the past five years and my photography skills have improved!


Oliver + S Sandbox Pants


Before Patrick outgrew the pattern, the Sandbox was my go-to pattern for boy pants. They are an easy sew, fit well, and most of all (to him!) they are comfortable to wear.


Oliver + S Sandbox Pants


I’ve played around with the pattern over the years, changing out pockets and adding knee patches.


Oliver + S Sandbox Pants


Oliver + S Sandbox Pants + Starfish Stencil


I’ve also lined the pants to make cozy winter pants for my nephews. And used the starfish stencil to make appliqués.


Customized Oliver + S Sandbox Pants


The Sandbox pants make great shorts too! My little girls wore this pair for three summers before they finally outgrew them. So, when Brenna Kate needed some new shorts to wear to school, I pulled out my trusty Sandbox pattern and went to work.


Customized Oliver + S Sandbox Pants


I used a rib knit fabric for the waistband, rounded the front patch pockets, and went to town with the topstitching. BK likes them or at least I assume she does as she wore them for 24 hours straight before I finally convinced her to change so I could wash them!

Not convinced yet that you need your own copy of the Sandbox pattern? Check out some of my favorites from the Oliver + S Flickr group and see if that changes your mind:




  1. I couldn’t agree more with Cindy!
    The sandbox pattern is my go-to pattern when I need to sew shorts (and pants) for my kids. Totally suitable for boys and girls 🙂
    The top-stitching in the last version is amazing. Love it 🙂

  2. Great post Cindy. I totally agree, they’re an excellent fit and so versatile for both boys and girls. Think I need to go and make a pair right now.

  3. You are the shorts queen Cindy. Thank you featuring my version.

  4. I delayed buying this pattern for so long, thinking it was a “bit basic” compared to other Oliver + S patterns. I was so wrong and now I love them too. Great post Cindy, and your latest topstitched ones are awesome!

  5. Deb

    Great post Cindy. This pattern has been a good investment to use for all your children.

  6. Sarvi

    Those heart knee patches are the greatest!

  7. Thank you! I’m so sad that BK is in the size 8 already. My hope is that as she grows taller she thins out like her older siblings so that I can get a few more years out of the Sandbox pattern.;)

  8. This is a pattern we haven’t purchased yet…but now want to, given your write-up! Thanks for showing us the possibilities for a girl…. What a great resource for seeing the many looks of the Sandbox Shorts!!

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