A long long time ago I talked here about sharing a free pattern for some skinny jeans in size 2T only. Well it is finally ready and here are the Small Fry Skinny Jeans. I’ve included photos of a few of the different versions I’ve made. I love the fit of these trousers – they’re skinny but not so skinny they’re uncomfortable – and depending on the fabric you choose, they can be dressed down for casual wear or dressed up for a wedding.
These star ones are my favourite so far – I’d quite like a pair for myself and I love them with this T-shirt. I used silver topstitching thread for the jeans and that inspired me to finally finished off Rowan’s Nani Iro T-shirt, also with silver topstitching thread. I made Casper one several months ago and cut Rowan’s at the same time but got a bit side tracked so I’m glad it still fits.
- Front patch pockets
- Back yoke and back patch pockets
- Half fly (seen in a lot of RTW clothing)
- Separate waistband and facing
- Flat front with going round from the front belt loops
- Adjustable waistband with buttonhole elastic
- Belt loops
- Skinny fit (you can use some non-stretch fabrics that have a little give in them, such as quilting cotton but for denim and twill I’d recommend stretch versions)
Due to all of the different stages I have decided it would be better to spread the tutorial over a few posts and will be running my first sew along, starting next Monday, the 19th of August. None of the stages are particularly difficult and as we work through each one I will be happy to answer any of your questions. I have created a button for those of you who would like to join in and add this to your blog posts or sidebars. I’d love it if lots of you join in – leave a comment at the bottom to let me know if you will and please feel free to share.
I’ve got the supplies you’ll need listed towards the bottom of the post. The pattern will be available from next Monday and the Sew Along will be split up as follows;
I will update the links here as these posts become available. Even if you are not using the free pattern I’ve provided a lot of the techniques in these tutorials could be applied to other trousers patterns, especially the adjustable waistband that I add into almost all trousers and shorts that I sew. The half fly is also very handy for slim fitting trousers where they would be difficult to wriggle over hips but you don’t want to add a full zip fly.
The 2T is designed to fit a child with a 51cm waist (20″), 54cm (21.25″) hips and an inside leg of 38cm (15″). They have enough ease in the back rise to accommodate a disposable nappy but I haven’t tested for a cloth nappy. It is just possible to manoeuvre them over a child of this size using a faux fly instead of the half fly option (I have done it with earlier versions) but is much easier with the half fly.
I am in the process of grading this pattern and the ‘Small Fry Skinny Jeans’ will be my next paid release. It will include a few more options that those included in the free Sew Along pattern, such as classic inset front jeans pockets, a second waistband option and a zip fly option in addition to the half fly. I will be putting a call out for testers for the pattern on my Titchy Threads Facebook page in the next few weeks. If you’d like to know when the pattern is available you can sign up for the Titchy Threads mailing list by creating an account here.
OK, if you’re interested in joining the Sew Along you probably want to know what you’ll need so here is the full list of supplies…
- Pattern pieces – size 2T will be available
to download for free next MondayNOW – details here
- Fabric – 0.8m (0.9 yards) for main fabric (at least 112cm ( wide). Suitable fabrics include corduroy, poplin, linen, quilting cotton, stretch denim, stretch twill.
- If using contrast lining – 0.2 (0.25 yards) for pocket lining and waistband facing
- Co-ordinating thread
- Topstitching thread (optional)
- 50cm (19.75“)of 18-20mm (3/4“) buttonhole elastic
- 3 buttons – 1 for the main front button – approx. 20mm (3/4″), 2 smaller flat buttons for the adjustable waistband – approx. 12mm (1/2″)
- Interfacing – you will need a small amount of medium weight iron on interfacing for the waistband facing, the fly guard and the fly facings.
- A fabric marker – a water soluble pen or tailor’s chalk. Always test on a scrap before using on your pattern pieces.
- Wondertape, a water soluble double sided adhesive tape (recommended)
Hopefully I’ll see you for the sew along next Monday! Also, voting for the last space in the next season of Project Run & Play is open from today until Wednesday. I am really happy to have made it to the last five and you can vote for me – or one of the other ladies – over here.