My kids LOVE handmade clothes. The sweaters and jackets that have been knit for them by my mom and I are prized possessions, and recently they have been begging for “mama clothes”. Easter weekend seemed like the perfect moment to present them with their first pair of linen pants.
Last week was pretty filled with sewing projects, and I had allotted time to finish a skirt for a 5 year old friend and the boys pants all on Friday and Saturday. I had chosen a very simple skirt pattern, but what looked like it would take me no time at all, well it took quite a bit to complete. That left me little time to construct the pants, but my sons had already been promised so I had to find a way.
I didn’t have a pattern that I wanted to use, only the vision of what I wanted the completed pant to look like. I love cropped pants on kids, and I think that a 5 and 3 year old can pull off yellow linen and a fun cuff like no one else :). There are literally thousands of tutorials out there for making children’s clothing, so I am not reinventing the wheel here. I simply made the pants from my basic sewing knowledge and what I knew I wanted them to look like. The pants can be adapted in many ways, and many looks, and I fully plan to make a wide range of these in the coming weeks. Enjoy
3. Decide how large you would like your cuff to be (I used a 3″ cuff here. Measure from the bottom of the pattern piece to the desired length, and mark it across your pattern. Cut. You now have two pieces; the main body of the leg, and the cuff.
5. Open one main leg piece, and one cuff piece, and with right sides together, sew them together using a 1/4″ seam allownace. Press towards the cuff. Repeat with the other main leg and cuff pieces.
Finish and Enjoy!
These pants each took me about 90 minutes, and they got easier with each pair. They can be done in just about any fabric, and for any season.
If you do not want these pants to be cropped, and would rather have standard length, then simply add the 1/2 to all sides in step 1.