Hey guys! Remember my legging pattern from a few weeks back? (The pattern was a shorts/capri/full length legging in sizes 3 to 8.)
I’ve got a cute pattern hack to share with you today! The original pattern included a flounced ruffle with the capri legging, but I wanted to create a looser fitting knit pant with a double ruffle hem. (Not too loose of course, because my daughter reminds me constantly that she likes her pants “tight”.)
I see these little pants all over the place The style is so cute on little girls, especially in a stripe or chevron pattern. I knew they would be fairly easy to make, since I already had the pattern. I just needed to take the time to figure out how exactly I wanted to add the ruffle…
To get started, print the pattern. (Find the pattern and tutorial here.) Cut out the pieces and tape together. Cut out size needed
Fold fabric in half and lay the pattern out on the fabric. Cut the top half out as indicated by the pattern, but when cutting out the legs, widen them as shown below (the blue lines.)
Follow the pattern instructions for assembling the pants. (Don’t hem the pants or add the flounce.)
The ruffle is 1/2 inch longer than the original pattern’s flounce, so you may want to shorten the length of the pant just a bit. (I actually wanted mine even shorter and cut off about 2 inches.)
Measure the bottom of the pant and multiply that measurement x 4 (measurement A.)
Cut 4 fabric strips 3.25 inches tall by measurement A (width.)
Line the side edges of these strips up, right sides together, and sew, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Do this with all 4 strips. (you will have 4 fabric circles.)
Sew a gathering stitch along the tops of the four circles and pull on the bobbin thread to create 4 gathered circles. (Tighten the gathers to the width of the pants.)
Line up one of the ruffles to the bottom of the pant, right sides together and pin in place. Sew along the raw edges with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Do this on both legs.
Use a ruler and mark 1/4th down from the top of the ruffle .
Cut along this line.
Slip the bottom pant piece into the pant leg, right sides together and lining up the raw edges. Pin in place.
Sew right below the gathering basting stitches.
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.