If you haven’t bought your pattern yet hurry and go get the Skinny Jeans and let’s get started!
Today we’re going to do all our prep. work and tomorrow we’ll start sewing 🙂
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Choosing Your Fabric
The Skinny Jeans are designed for stretch bottomweights which includes stretch denim, stretch twill and stretch corduroy. Generally you are looking for something a bit thicker than quilting cottons that also has a bit of stretch to it for comfort. Make sure you prewash. Stretch fabrics will shrink and dark denim can bleed
Let’s talk notions for just a minute. I just recently discovered topstitching thread! It’s the magical secret for getting that authentic denim look. It comes in all sorts of colors and it’s super easy to use. I find using a denim needle is helpful and I like to lengthen my stitches a bit for a bolder look. I found it at my local Joanns right by the stretch denim fabrics and it’s also in the thread section
They also had zippers made just for jeans in more fun colors so I grabbed one of those too for my zip fly. Remember the zip fly is optional and we’ll discuss how to add it tomorrow. And back to the fabric…
If you want to use something other than a stretch bottomweight you can but it takes some tweaking 🙂
For extra stretchy fabrics such as as jeggings material you’ll want to take them in along each side seam for a snugger fit. Personally I like to leave them as-is and then try them on after step 19 and adjust from there.
For fabrics with little to no stretch you need to do just the opposite and add some room. I made Will a pair from some of my old jeans and added 1/2″ to each side seam. If I did it again I’d definitely also include a zip fly (which will discuss tomorrow) for easier dressing.
If you are up-cycling you can save yourself a little work by re-using the front pockets. Just remove the original waistband and then position your pattern piece right over the original pocket and cut straight up instead of including the little pocket cut-out in your front piece. For bigger kids you’ll probably start running into the fly area and it may not work but it’s always worth checking. Go ahead and save those belt loops too! I also saved the waistband and then just took it in at the back so I could keep the original button in front when I reattached it.
And most definitely save the little patch on back for a little extra embellishing at the end. More details on Will’s up-cycled Lucky jeans here
Choosing Your Size
The Skinny Jeans have a slim fit but they are definitely not skin tight skinnies 🙂 They are designed to be fitted but are still completely gender neutral and have room for active play
Keeping that in mind measure your child’s hips, waist and inseam and take a look at the size chart. The hip measurement is more important than the waist since you need room for the bum. If your child has a smaller waist than hip size you can just take in the elastic. Lengthwise if your child is a little taller or shorter than average you can just add a little or take a little away from the side seams. However some kids require a little more alterations like this darling lady and her runway ready legs 🙂 Head over to Sprouting Jube Jube for an awesome tutorial on altering the skinny jeans for extra tall and skinny kids
Thank you Tanya Zaleski Photocreations for the gorgeous photos
Cutting Your Fabric
Now let’s get that fabric cut out 🙂 Make sure you pay attention to the stretch arrows on your pattern pieces. You want the fabric to stretch around your child’s body not up and down 🙂
One trick I’ve learned to speed things along is lately I’ve been cutting my belt loop pieces out as one big strip…
So instead of 5 pieces I have one long one which I sew up as usual (step 31) and then chop into 5 equal pieces. It saves me a bit of time so maybe it will save you some time too 🙂
If you want to include a zip fly you also need to cut out 2 fly shield pieces. I trimmed fly portion of my front piece down just a tad since it does run a little wide (doesn’t really matter but I found it easier to just trim a bit off width-wise). Cut the fly piece off your pattern piece (not your pants, just the paper pattern) and use that to cut out 2 fly shields (1 left and 1 right) adding a 1/2″ seam allowance around the curved edge.
Come back tomorrow to start sewing!