Small Fry Skinny Jeans Pattern Tour

Small Fry Skinny Jeans Collage

Guess what??!!  I made jeans!  I. ACTUALLY. MADE. JEANS.  And I really really love them!

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So how did this foray into denim territory begin?  Blame it on Laura of Craftstorming.  She’s the genius behind the Small Fry Skinny Jeans pattern.  I say “genius” because I just can’t even begin to imagine how complicated putting a jeans pattern together must have been.   I also say “genius” because she managed to draft a detailed, perfectly sized, easy to follow PDF pattern for a really cool pair of kids jeans.  Tips and tricks abound in her comprehensive instructions; Laura does not just tell you to 1. Cut pieces. 2. Sew together.  She will hold your hand all the way friends!

Oh, don’t get me wrong… there were some frustrating bumps along the way.  Like button holes, like topstitching, like the ever changing seam allowances, like figuring out the right leg from the left leg. In fact, I could be found banging that size 5 pair with a hammer just this past Friday!!!  Yep, they were misbehaving and had to be taught a lesson yo!

Be warned… sewing jeans is not a naptime endeavour! You will be sweating it out in your sewing room/closet/corner for a while on these babies.   And if you’re new to sewing, you might want to hold off a bit before cutting your sewing machine’s teeth on this pattern.  Oh, it’s not that it’s hard…  but there are many steps to be carefully followed.  Laura qualifies it as an “intermediate” pattern and rightfully so.

But if you feel you’re up for the challenge of attempting a pair of jeans, this is the pattern to try!    It comes in sizes 0 to 12 years, and up until the end of the pattern tour (March 15), you’ll get a 20% discount (use the discount code TOUR20).

CLICK HERE for the REALLY AWESOME AND ÜBER COOL SMALL FRY SKINNY JEANS PATTERN

First up, let’s take a peek at Alix’s jeans…

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This is a size 5, with contrasting topstitching thread, inset pocket and half fly zip.

Locally, the denim selection was limited and insanely expensive.  But I am so happy with the options found at Fabric.com (affiliate link).  Search for “stretch twill” and you’ll be impressed!  Alix’s jeans fabric is Stretch Cotton Twill in Bubblegum Pink and is $9.98 per yard.  Not bad right?

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I added a tiny row of silver metallic ric rac on the jeans pocket just to bling it up a bit.  I’ll be frank… I’m not big on ric rac… but if I was going to spend all this time on making a perfect pair of jeans for Alix, she better love them.  That tiny row of sparkly trim sealed the deal!!!

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For Alix’s top, I straight up channeled fellow blogger Trine from Groovybaby… and Mama.  This talented Dane has been known to add pieces of leather to her creations and I’ve been quite envious of the amazing results.  Check out this latest beauty! (Oh, and word of warning… don’t be surprised if you see me making more Trine-inspired garments in the future… what can I say.. I dig what she does!)

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The pattern is Japanese, from the book Girls Style Book that I’ve used in the past HERE and HERE.  This one is pattern “B”, Smock Like Blouse.

The fabric is a navy waffle stretch woven from the discount pile at my local Fabricland.  No clue what it is but it has a bit of stretch and is quite soft and cozy.   The leather comes from a sad little skirt found hiding at the bottom of my stash.  I think she’s in a better place now…

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And now for Gaëlle’s turn…

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The fabric for Gaëlle’s little jeans also comes from Fabric.com.  It is called Stretch Satin Twill Floral White/Pink and is $7.98 a yard.  Even though it’s satiny in texture, it was actually a dream to work with as it had thickness to it but was still thinner than the dark pink twill.

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Baby toes!!!

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Sewing 101: Measure your kid and compare that to the Finished Garment Measurements so graciously provided by the pattern maker.  Don’t just eye ball it.  Actually measure.

I made Gaëlle a size 2 but as she is quite tall for her age, I used size 3 for length.  As you can see, that wasn’t necessary at all as the pattern already has built-in slouch around the ankles.  Sigh.

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The fabric being busy enough, I chose to topstitch with regular white thread.  This, also meant I didn’t have to constantly switch my thread, unlike Alix’s jeans.

Notice the really bad buttonhole job?  Grrr.  I never realized that my buttonhole foot was a capricious little bugger.  Apparently, any bumps or odd thickness in the fabric and Mr. Buttonhole either thinks he’s all done, or refuses to go any further.  Stubborn!  I unpicked buttonholes over and over again for these two pairs of jeans (each pair has three buttonholes!).  Finally, I started hammering away at the seams in order to flatten them.  Helped a bit.  The damage was already done on this pair though, and I ended up finishing it by hand (well, by machine to be precise, but without the help of Mr. Buttonhole… so sort of by hand).

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I learned so many cool techniques making these jeans: how to sew flat felled seams, topstitching using top stitching thread, making an adjustable waistband,  putting together a half-fly zip, inserting inset pockets…

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Gaëlle’s top is the Girly Little Blouse Pattern by Heidi and Finn.  I modified the collar slightly in order to be able to add the accent fabric.  All things considered, I’m doubting I made the right choice of fabric for this blouse.  It would have look much cooler had I chosen a darker fabric.  Or a white one.  A white little t-shirt would have been so cool!  As is, the beige corduroy drowns her out and doesn’t showcase the amazingly cute jeans.  Live and learn.  These two pieces are awesome on their own but won’t be worn together anymore.

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So that was my take on the Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy Threads.  Let me know what you think!  And then make sure to go check out what If Only They Would Nap and Mingo & Grace came up with. I am heading over there right now actually… wanna race?  Hehehe…

Paisley Roots RebekahSews Handmade by Brienne If Only They Would Nap Mingo & Grace La gang à Nat Lexi Made Sutures & Sandpaper Elsie Marley Probably Actually Groovybaby and mama 2 Little Hooligans Sew Jereli Kitschy Coo Sew a Straight Line A Jennuine Life Lauren Dahl Miss Matatabi Welcome to the Mouse House Things for Boys Skirt As Top sewpony Charming Doodle EmmylouBeeDoo Caila Made Heidi and Finn Max California Petit à Petit and Family Sewing Like Mad I Seam Stressed
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42 thoughts on “Small Fry Skinny Jeans Pattern Tour

    1. Oh Renee, you must try it!!! It was really a ton of fun and such a learning opportunity They take time to make but so wort it. Do it do it!!! 🙂

      Natalie
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    1. Olga, notice I only took pictures of the straight topstitching. I conveniently omitted the wonky bits, hahaha! Thanks for your sweet compliments my friend!

      Natalie
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    1. Thank you so much Celina! What a fun pattern!!! Never thought I would make jeans but I just love them… my mind is swirling with fabric possibilities for other pairs… Hope your PRAP prep is coming alone well… and your STYLO prep too you busy girl… 🙂

      Natalie
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  1. Wow, Natalie…..You have been busy!!! And I agree….the pattern is not easy…..but Laura explains it as good as it gets….and the result is so worth ‘the trouble’.
    Great job!

    1. Hi Mie!
      You’re absolutely right… I couldn’t image better instructions. Laura has taught me so much with this pattern… and most importantly, she’s given me a ton of confidence in my sewing abilities. Now how many patterns do that???!!!!

      Natalie
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  2. These outfits are amazing Natalie! Your jeans look amazing and so do those tops. You have gorgeous girls to model your amazing creations too. Thank you for joining the tour today.

    1. Laura,thank you so much for inviting me on your pattern tour. This pattern is an enormous accomplishment on your part… you should be very very proud my friend!!! I had a blast making these and you’ve taught me so much! I am looking forward to making my next pair (for Maian!) and many more in the future!

      Thank you again for asking me to be part of this amazing week!

      Natalie
      XX

    1. Hi Thea! Thanks for your sweet message.. with comments like that, you can bet this will be more creations to come! 🙂

      Natalie
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    1. Oh Nienke, I am so happy to hear that you got a kick out of my crazy post. I always wonder if people actually read what I write… I am THRILLED that you did!!! Than you my friend!!

      Natalie
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  3. Super funky, and super awesome jeans and tops. You have joined a group of people I practically worship because THEY HAVE MADE JEANS! Now, when you first said you had to use a hammer to teach the jeans a lesson I thought it was a figure of speech… Ha Goodness I was laughing my head off imagining one frustrated Nat banging tiny little jeans with a hammer 🙂 Listen, whatever it takes girl! The result is fabulous!

    1. Hahaha Jenya! Thank you so much for reading the text!!! I always wonder if people actually read all my silliness, tihihi!!! But yes, I did beat them up, as per Laura’s instructions actually (well, she doesn’t say as much in the pattern, but I emailed her for help and she told me to take a hammer them…) And I totally know what you mean about this exclusive club for jean makers… crazy that I am now part of it!!!! 🙂 Ok, you’re next Jenya!

      Natalie
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    1. Abby, actually it’s a Janome and it’s never given me any trouble before… but I think the thickness was playing tricks on the button hole foot… it was making it think it was done. Ugh. But I’m happy too with the final outcome. Crazy, never thought I would make jeans and have them turn out like… well… jeans!

      Natalie
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    1. Wow Karly, that is so sweet of you to say!! Thank you thank you so much! And welcome to my blog, haha! (By the way, you have been here before silly goose… I remember being totally thrilled that a PRAP contestant (and now winner HELLO!!!) was visiting and commenting on my Dowton Alley dress. I mean, you must have been so insane busy during that time too, haha!!!)

      Natalie
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    1. Justine, thank you so much. I’m kind of happy with how the black/navy top turned out… would be cool adult size too! Hummm… I might have to look into that! 🙂

      Nat
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  4. Awr, you sweet thing!! Thanks for the love :-). And not only did you make one pair – but two perfect pair of jeans!!! You are so talented, do you know that?! Love these outfits, Nat!

    1. Well Trine, if you were to look up close, you might not call them perfect, haha! But for a first attempt, I’ll take the compliment!!! So… did you like the leather sleeves??? Do you think that is the type of thing you would do?? I was totally picturing beautiful Wilma wearing that shirt… 🙂

      Natalie
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    1. You’re funny Suz… I totally love saying “amaze balls” and my husband just looks at me like I’m a freak when I do, haha!!!

      Nat
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  5. They are both so awesome!! Love both fabric choices, lovely, lovely! And the shirts too, you were seriously sweating it out in that sewing room 😉 I have GOT to get on board with this pattern, I love the outcome so much!

    1. Heidi, you do have to try this pattern. I am now dying to try another pair with crazy neon topstitching. Wouldn’t that be totally cool? But yes, I was totally working my butt off in my sewing room, haha!

      Natalie
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