March 5th, 2014
Today the Small Fry Skinny Jean pattern tour is stopping here at elsie marley. I didn’t make hot pink pants or harlequin pants or floral skinnies for the tour. I just made plain old gray pants. Well they might look like plain old gray pants, but to me they are a bit of a masterpiece.
I think I’ve made my fair share of pants at this point, but I learned so many new things making these pants! I sewed belt loops for the first time, I made a little coin pocket (you know that little tiny pocket on your jeans), and a full on half fly.
Somehow I made the half fly completely backwards and inside out, but still. It works! And I think a half fly is perfect compromise for a 7 year old who only wants to wear track pants and a mother who refuses to sew track pants.
And would you look at the insides?! I think the longer you sew the more you think about the insides of a garment. Laura has written a pattern that makes your pants look pretty on the inside and out! Can I get a little happy dance for that:
I measured my son and really, I should have made a long size six, but this one is like a weed. These pants? They are already 2 inches too short. So I made a size 7. Looking at this picture, I should maybe even lengthened it a bit. Still, I think they are just the right amount of slouchy and skinny.
This pattern is a lesson in pants making. Really all you need to know about making pants is in there: patch pockets, set-in pockets, full fly, half fly, faux fly, flat felled seams. Even if you don’t know what any of this means now, you will after reading and making these pants!
Lucky for you Laura is offering a 20% discount on the Small Fry Skinny Jeans pattern from now until the end of the tour (March 15, 2014). Just enter TOUR20 when you check out. And check out all the tour while you’re at it!