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Pattern Review: Simplicity 5284

2011 May 21
by elizabeth_admin

Et voilá!  Here is the pattern review for Simplicity 5284.  Just in time for the Rapture.




Pattern Description: Child’s pants, jacket, jumper, knit top and back-pack.  I made the child’s pants.

Pattern Sizing: Sizes 3-8.  I made sz 4.  I think the sizing runs rather large and long, but more on that later.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes and no. The basic shape is the same as the pattern photo, but I changed the waist.


Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very concise and clear. A beginner would be able to follow them no problem.  I only read the instructions for the pants and that pattern is pretty simple, so it would be pretty hard to screw up those instructions.  Generally though, I find Simplicity’s instructions to be pretty good.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LIKES: I loved the how fast and easy this pattern was but still had the cool pockets.  Make it up in a nice fabric and you can dress these pants right up.  I also loved the pocket placement.  So cute.


DISLIKES: The sizing seems to run large.   Definitely fit as you go.  Not sure I would make this as a gift for a kid without being able to try it on them as you sew.  Luckily, I had Jack and could check the fit as I went.  And I may have to hem them shorter for Thor.

Fabric Used: A blue/white cotton seersucker that I think I bought at Metro Textiles.  At first I thought I had picked a knits only pattern because of the instructions talking about serging instead of using a regular machine, but when I looked at the pattern envelope, knits were suggested for the jacket only.  I loved the finished pants in this fabric.  So summery!!!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I was really excited to try out Dana from Made’s flat front pants tutorial to make these pants look a little more grown up than an all elastic waist.  It’s really rather simple.  You just add elastic to the back of the waist and sew it into the seam allowances to keep in place.  It looks great!  Again, it’s really important to fit as you go.  I had to shorten the elastic to get a better fit on Jack’s waist so that I would be confident it would fit Thor.

flat front waist

inside back waist

back waist


Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely sew this again! I am looking for some appropriate fabric in the stash for Jack!  I would recommend this to anyone, no matter their sewing ability, it’s really that easy.  Just have to add one more time though, check your fit!

inside finish

inside finish of pant leg


Conclusion: This is a great pants pattern for kids.  Super simple to sew. Super fast.  And you can add details to take it to the next level.  I haven’t tried any of the other wardrobe options in this envelope yet, but I look forward to it!


Here’s Jack modeling Thor’s pants (yes, the hem needs to be shortened but I am waiting to see them on Thor first) with a crazy face while he says Cheese!

Jack modeling Thor's pants



Bonus pic of my cute little boy.  Just because.


Next up: Bibs!!!

6 Responses leave one →
  1. May 21, 2011

    Cute! I love a quickie pair of kid pants. The sizing is crazy though. Logan (who turns 5 in August) wears a size 3. Oh, Simplicity…

  2. May 21, 2011

    Well done! I’m really enjoying your pattern reviews. The last time I sewed any article of clothing was due to poorly written instructions, and it’s refreshing to read your thoughts on the ease or difficulty of following these patterns. You’re making me rediscover my love of sewing!

  3. Hatty permalink
    May 21, 2011

    You will sew it again? But HOW before the rapture?

  4. May 21, 2011

    E – I got nuthin to say about the pants…however, I do need to gush all over about how handsome Mr. Jack is becoming! Gurl you better watch out! Before you know it, you are going to have a gorgeous young man living with you and you know what happens after that! *LOL*

  5. Carolyn permalink
    May 23, 2011

    I have looked in vain for you flannel baby gown/sleep sack blog and I am wondering where I could get a beginner pattern for one. Hopefully my daughter will be starting her family soon and I would like to learn how to sew these little flannel nighties as you can’t seem to be able to buy them anymore! I would really appreciate some help! Thanks

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