Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Reversible Cheeky Trousers Tutorial- Alida of I Make Stuff

Hi! I am Alida from I Make Stuff and I am SUPER honored to be here today! I am a crafty mama of 4 kiddos, including our newest addition born 1/05/11!

Isn't she precious?
I love crafting of all kinds but my true love is sewing. I am also falling in love with photography. I am just beginning to use my camera on the manual setting and it's so much fun! But I digress...
I present to you the Reversible Cheeky Trousers Tutorial!

Last year I whipped up these Tiny Heiny Valentiney Reversible Baby Britches and the tutorial has the second-most hits on my blog!
Well I have revamped that tutorial for my 5-year-old's more sophisticated taste and come up with a tutorial for some 70s inspired reversible trousers. You can use the same basic tutorial with these adjustments:

For the extras:
Originally I started with 2 belt loops (the 2 X 3 strips) but quickly discovered that the sash rides up like crazy without a belt loop in the back!
Also, did you notice how the hearts on the back pockets are sideways? Yeah, I didn't either until they were done...oops.

Here is the pocket construction:

I strongly recommend sewing the pockets to the pants BEFORE sewing the pants together. Otherwise you'll have a time trying to maneuver me :-) Since every size will have different pocket placement you'll just have to eyeball it. Make sure you account for seam allowances when you're placing the pockets!

Sash construction:
Follow the same pants construction instructions as on the original tutorial, but instead of using those waist instructions use these: (You will be making 3 rows of stitches instead of 2.)
For some reason I didn't take any pictures of the belt loop construction but it's super easy, you just fold the 2 X 3 strips lengthwise right sides together and sew down the long side. Turn it, fold in the two short sides and press. Position on your pants like so:
As my sweet model pointed out to me, you can use the sash that isn't on your pants in your hair like a headband! I love that kid.
I hope you enjoyed this quick picture tutorial. I tried to simplify it as much as possible, but if I've made it too simple or you have any questions feel free to contact me at I Make Stuff! Have a beautiful day!

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  1. Very cute! I love the folded up hem, in fact just this morning I realized I was 1.5" short on the pants I was making for my son. I was thinking about added a contrasting fabric to the bottom but wasn't sure how it would look. Now I know it will be cute!

  2. very cute - the rolled up hem and waistband make the pants!

  3. Cute! I made your first V-day version last year, but love the big-girl version even more :)


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