One thing I most look for in a pattern is versatility. I love when a pattern will last through a good range of sizes, and when I can make a variety of garments from it, without having to do too much redrafting on my own. When Chrissy of Muse of the Morning invited me to review one of her patterns, I was most drawn to the Almost One-Size Truly Scrumptious Pants pattern. Partly, because I grew up watching Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang and immediately started singing Truly Scrumptious, but mostly because I was curious about the claim to be “Almost One-Size” for kids sized 12m-7. I mean, how?
The printed pattern really is what it claims, one size. The only grading is in the length, with suggestions for pant length by size or baby bloomers. The idea is that you want baggier pants on babies and toddlers, accommodating diapers (especially cloth-yay! for patterns that work well with cloth diapers!) and those chubby toddler thighs. Kids tend to grow taller more than they grow wider, so the Truly Scrumptious Pants go from baggy toddler to trim-fitting with older kids. All three of my younger kids have very similar waist measurements, all within three inches of each other, but their ages vary from two years up to eight, and their heights are very different.
To test out the one-sizedness of the Truly Scrumptious, I made pants for my two year old and my five year old. The two year old wears a 12-18 month, and my five year old a 6. And, well, the one-size totally worked!
I will say, my five year old is quite trim, and I feel like his pants fit just about perfect. I’d be wary making these pants in the bigger sizes without paying close attention to your child’s hip and waist measurements. Thankfully, the finished sizes are included in the pattern, so you can double check things before committing.
So that covers the one-size claim. The pattern also comes with a variety of options to mix things up. Shorts, bloomers, ruffles, and side panels are all covered in the pattern. For Ivy’s, I went with the optional ruffle-bottomed bloomers And Jonas got the side-stripped pants. The only thing I did differently than the pattern, was adding long pockets into the side-strips of Jonas’.
The pattern pieces printed and came together easily, with very few pages needing to be taped together (always appreciated in a PDF). Things sewed up quick and without a hitch, with simple, clear instructions.
I do feel like the length on the pants is a bit short on Jonas, and will cut my legs longer than the pattern indicates next time. And the older sizes’ fit is pretty trim. That’s great for my slim kids, but be aware if you are sewing for kids with more girth.
All in all, the Truly Scrumptious is a great staple pattern. Perfect for play wear, sleep wear, and just any time you want a simple kids’ bottom pattern. Oh! And the pattern points out that if you make the bloomers or pants in the baby sizes, as your child grows, they become shorts for an older kid. So not only is the pattern versatile, but your finished garments will get longer use. Which means Ivy will be rockin’ her bright blue dotted ruffly bum for a long, long time.
The entire Muse of the Morning pattern line is on sale through the 17th of May, 2014 using code BLOG TOUR30 for 30% off HERE.
And be sure to enter the giveaway HERE Jonas:
Shirt: Old Navy
Pants: Muse of the Morning Almost One Size Truly Scrumptious Pant, fabric is stretch poplin from Jo-Ann Stores and cotton ripstop from Fabric.com
Shirt: Old Navy
Bloomers: Muse of the Morning Almost One Size Truly Scrumptious Pant, fabric is knit from Jo-Ann Stores
Sandals: Balleto I was given a pattern of my choice from Muse of the Morning to review for the tour.