22 September 2009

tutorial: knit ruffle pants.

ruffle pants are uber cute and comfy, and best of all, they stitch up easily in an hour or two. i relish projects like this one on a rainy afternoon, or late at night, when the littles are slumbering and my house has found its quiet.

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materials: you'll need a couple yards of knit fabric (depending on the size of your pants), a sewing machine, thread, scissors, and pins. a serger is preferred but optional. (crybaby's boutique is an excellent source of fun, affordable knits.)


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step one: i used a basic self-drafted pants pattern for the body of the pants, but if you don't have one handy you can also draft a loose pattern on lightweight paper, using a pair of yoga pants as a guide. (you can also use jeans, but you may want to extend the crotch just a bit.) i included the measurements of my pieces above, but yours, of course, will be different.

**if anyone's interested, i'll sketch out a basic pattern and tack it on here, but keep in mind that it will need to be graded if you'd like to make a size other than little girls' 4.** eta (5/2012): in the past couple months, i've gotten a few requests for a pattern--i sincerely apologize, but life has shifted a bit for us since i posted this, and  i'm now in the middle of coursework and photography and five kids. my four year old is now seven, so that size four pattern is long gone. if i find a couple hours to spare at some point, i will work on a new pattern for y'all, but in the meantime please forgive me and go with the instructions above. thank you, friends!


step two: cut out your pieces and pin them to your fabric. cut two of the main pieces, reversing one of them. cut one waistband piece (this should be an inch or two narrower than your child's waist). cut two long rectangular pieces for the ruffles; they should measure about twice the length of the bottom of your main pieces to achieve a full ruffle. (please note that although the ruffle pieces are pictured with a long vertical edge, i cut them horizontally.)


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step three: pin the top curves of the main pieces, right sides together. sew and finish your seams (serge or zigzag stitch). **do not sew together the bottom curves of either side or the top straight edge.**


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step four: rotate the fold of the sewn piece so that the seams are in the center (it should now resemble pants). pin the insides of the legs; sew and serge in one continuous line up from one ankle, across the crotch, and down to the other ankle.


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step five: press your waistband piece in half the long way, wrong sides together. open it and sew the short ends together, right sides together. fold it back in half so that you now have a double-sided waistband.


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step six: turn the main body of your pants (sewn in steps three and four) right side out. position the waistband upside down around the outside of top of the body piece so that the raw edges line up. (make sure the seam of the waistband matches up with the back seam of the main body.) pin through all three layers of fabric; sew and serge.


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step seven: fold each ruffle piece in half so that the short edges match up, right sides together. pin, sew, and serge. finish the bottom edge of each piece with either a rolled or a double-turned hem.


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step eight: set your machine on its widest setting and sew a gathering stitch along the top of each ruffle piece. gather and pin each piece to the bottom of the main body's legs, right sides together (the ruffle piece will be upside down and circling the outside of the leg). sew and serge.


step nine: give it to your little one and revel in her appreciative crooning.

:)

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note: the waistband is meant to be folded over, but you can easily have your child wear it unfolded if you prefer a higher waist.

happy sewing!

23 comments:

CurlyGirlD said...

Nic,

These pants are absolutely adorable! Thank you so much for the fun tutorial.

What is the name of the fabric that you used for Elle's? It's so, so pretty!

Polka Dot Moon said...

Those are the cutest!! I want a pair.......maybe just to wear around the house :)
Denise

Anonymous said...

These are SOOOO cute! A silly question for you - the web site you recommended offers both cotton interlock and jersey knit... which one do I get? Thank you so much for sharing :)
Morgan

deconstructing jen said...

Ah how I wish I could sew. this is so cute and Evey would adore it but alas I am all thumbs with a sewing machine. Maybe that MIL of mine will be game...

Kimberly said...

Too, too cute!

nic said...

CurlyGirlD: i just knew someone was going to ask! :) i am thinking the selvedge doesn't say, and silly me, i didn't have the foresight to write down the name while it was still in stock. i shall scour the fabric again though, just in case.

Morgan: i shall have to go with jersey knit, as i haven't worked with interlock before. :) i have tried a few of the other options (ribbed, cotton-lycra, and they sew up nicely as well).

~love said...

why did i never learn to sew?

please come live next door and teach me.

Francis Bell said...

WOW-Great blogsite!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really enjoyed the pictures! Thank you for brightening my day- Francishttp://www.geothermalquestions.net

Jessica said...

So cute! Love the print too!

The Nifty Nest said...

Those are adorable! I love that fabric too, nice choice!

Gotta go try to make a pair or TEN of these. :)

Thank you!!!

Liz

The Nifty Nest

Kirsten Smith said...

These are adorable! I completely stumbled upon your blog while scouring Google for a "ruffle knit pants tutorial" and Voila-- there you go! I made these for my daughter so I'm going to link back to your tutorial. Precious little pants! ;)

Kaitlyn said...

Your tutorial saved me from having a serious breakdown! This was exactly what I was looking for. I was ready to throw in the towel. They turned out cute for my first pair! Will definitely link your tutorial when I get my pics taken. Thanks!

Kaitlyn said...

http://wearethebrights.blogspot.com/2011/02/its-pant-week.html

Here are my finished ones. Too big for my girl right now but she will grow into them! Thanks again.

Kaitlyn said...

http://wearethebrights.blogspot.com/2011/02/its-pant-week.html

Here are my finished ones. Too big for my girl right now but she will grow into them! Thanks again.

Kirsten Smith said...

These are adorable! I completely stumbled upon your blog while scouring Google for a "ruffle knit pants tutorial" and Voila-- there you go! I made these for my daughter so I'm going to link back to your tutorial. Precious little pants! ;)

Francis Bell said...

WOW-Great blogsite!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really enjoyed the pictures! Thank you for brightening my day- Francishttp://www.geothermalquestions.net

Polka Dot Moon said...

Those are the cutest!! I want a pair.......maybe just to wear around the house :)
Denise

Heather said...

Love it! Making a pair right now for my daughter's birthday outfit. :) Minnie Mouse is the theme, so it calls for ruffled, polka dot pants and a appliqued Minnie shirt. :D (Shirt is already done, I just hopped online to find a pant tutorial.)

Andréa said...

I would love to do these in a 7...any advise on how to adjust?

nic said...

andrea,

the best thing i can recommend is to measure the child--the waistband should be a couple inches smaller than your child's waist measurement, and the length will vary greatly depending on the length of your child's legs and where you'd like the hemline to fall.

i hope that helps a bit! if you'd like, send me a link when you're done--i'd love to see your finished pair!

Anonymous said...

Could you post a pattern sketch please?
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

any way of making these in adult/plus sizes, they are super cute

Aubrey Rose said...

LOVE these sweet little pants! Thank you for sharing your tutorial on them. My 4 year old is begging me to make her a pair, I can't find your size 4 pattern, have you posted it and I am not finding it?