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03-02-2009, 02:36 PM
Items needed:
-pattern- My base pattern is otto 3/06 #23. If you don't have otto 3/06, you can order it from sewzannes (http://www.sewzannesfabrics .com/ottobre.html).
-fabric- I used 1 yd of main and 1 yd of contrast for size 86 (2T) pants. Expect to use about a yard of contrast. Refer to your pattern for the amount of main fabric needed.
-serger- All directions are given for a serger. There are ways to do this on a sewing machine, but they are not all explained in great detail.
-1/2" elastic
-tracing paper- I use Easy Pattern.
-other sewing supplies- I always find that a seam ripper is a good thing to have on hand.

Step 1: Cut out all pieces. For the pants, you will need 2 fronts and 2 backs cut from your main fabric. Also cut 5 rectangles the same length as your frills by the full width of the fabric. I cut 5 rectangles at 3.75" by 44 inches and my 4 frills from the contrast fabric.

Step 2a: Sew up the center seam of the two front pieces right sides together. Put aside for now.
Step 2b: Sew up the center seam of the two back pieces (RST).

Step 3: Spread out your sewn BACK, and copy the general shape onto tracing paper.

Step 4: Bump out the sides of the pattern keeping the waistline the same, and smooth the curve on the bottom of the skirt. Cut the pattern out on a fold to make sure the skirt is the same on both sides. Cut out skirt piece from main fabric.

Step 5: Spend some quality time with your serger doing rolled hems on the bottom of all ruffles and frills. You could also do a narrow hem on all pieces if you do not have a serger or if you don't know how to do rolled hems on a sewing machine.

Step 6: Ruffle the tops of all frills and ruffles. I did this on my serger by setting my stitch length at 5.0 and Diff at 2.0 (on my Husky 936). You could also baste and hand gather all ruffles.


03-02-2009, 02:36 PM
Step 7: Attach frills to the bottom of pant fronts and backs.

Getting there....

Step 8: Draw out ruffle lines on your skirt pattern. I put the first ruffle line 1 inch down. The rest were 2.75" down from the first. Cheat the last one to match the curve of the bottom. See picture. Please remember that these measurements are for a size 2T. You will have to do some adjusting for a larger size.

Step 9: Mark ruffle lines on fabric with washable fabric marker.

Step 10: Pin ruffles right sides together and upside down along each marked ruffle line. Top of skirt is at the bottom of picture.

Step 11: Serge/sew bottom frill to the bottom of skirt panel.

Step 12: Attach ruffles to skirt with 1/4" seam allowance.

Step 13: Iron down ruffles on front and back (optional)
If you don't iron back, at least check it to make sure it isn't bunched up in the back.

Step 14: Topstitch top 4 ruffles using 1/4" seam allowance. Don't topstitch bottom skirt frill.

Step 15: Pin and baste side ruffles in place. Add a little extra fullness rather than pulling them tight.

Step 16: Trim BASTED ruffles to be even with skirt sides.

Getting closer!

03-02-2009, 02:36 PM
Step 17: Pin layers together in the following order.
Pants front right side up, skirt panel right side down, pants back right side down

All pinned

Step 18: Sew sides using 3/8" SA, check seams, then serge edges.

Step 19: Carefully pull the skirt out of the way, and pin the inseam of the pants together.

Step 20: Sew inseam (watch that skirt again).

Step 21: Baste or sew skirt to back of pants with a 1/4" seam allowance.

Step 22: Make elastic circle, mark center points, and attach to pants at center points.

Step 23: Serge or zig-zag elastic to waist.

Step 24: Topstitch elastic down at 3/8". If you lined everything up correctly, you should be able to sew over top ruffle stitching when using a 3/8" seam. Don't forget to add a tag and size tag to mark the back. My dh would put it on the baby backwards otherwise!

You are finished! :cheerful:

03-02-2009, 02:46 PM
ahh need the tute already, lol

03-02-2009, 06:01 PM
Ohhhhhh so that's how you did it! Fabulously ingenious and wonderful tute. Thanks so very much for this. Hoping to make one this afternoon.

03-02-2009, 06:28 PM
AWesome job on the tutorial! TFS :)

03-02-2009, 07:04 PM
Those are excellent - and a great tute. Now I just need to find a little girl to make them for!

03-02-2009, 07:34 PM
Awesome, Mel! Thanks! I've started mine already and have started a different way but now I know how to finish them!

03-02-2009, 07:58 PM
Cute! Too bad I didn't have it about five years ago... I don't know that my seven year old would wear it..... I do have a friend that's got a baby turning a year old in May...

03-02-2009, 08:23 PM
Have mercy woman! You are so patient to have made directions for this! Awesome job!

03-02-2009, 08:39 PM
those are so cute! I love the fabric!

03-02-2009, 09:13 PM
Thank you so much for this! I can't wait to give it a try!!

03-07-2009, 09:13 PM
So cute-- thanks for sharing! :)

03-08-2009, 07:42 PM
Great job with the tute. Thank you for sharing your pattern. I think my 2yo will look adorable in these.

03-20-2009, 07:59 PM
They are SO cute and what an awesome tutorial !!
Sadly, I don't think my 3 year old, going on 17 will appreciate the ruffles :(

Mary Beth
03-26-2009, 08:17 AM
Gorgeous! I think I'll have to make a pair of these for my dd for her 1st birthday next month!

03-29-2009, 03:50 PM
I love this!!! I have to make them for my girls!!! Cant wait! Thank you so much for this tute!!!

04-13-2009, 04:05 PM
I have seen these is clothing mail order cateloques for $150+. . .thanks for all the info. . .planned on making some and now you have saved me some time and some fabric! Thanks again for the wonderful post!!

04-13-2009, 09:40 PM
great job, thanks for the tutorial

04-14-2009, 11:36 PM
These are so cute, I love the tute, I am going to try making a pair for one of my nieces.

03-08-2010, 11:39 AM
I love these and am going to make them this spring so thought I'd give this the bump up!!! TFS Mel!

03-08-2010, 12:13 PM
WOW~that was so awesome!! Thank you!

03-08-2010, 04:16 PM
So- if I have a shorts pattern that fits my child, I can use the rest of the tute to alter it? My dd is a bit larger than the Otto pattern.

03-08-2010, 04:39 PM
So- if I have a shorts pattern that fits my child, I can use the rest of the tute to alter it? My dd is a bit larger than the Otto pattern.

As long as it is a pants/shorts pattern that has a front and back (not a single pattern piece with front and back in one piece), then you can use it. If your pattern does not have a frill or flounce, you can either guesstimate a curved piece, or you can use a rectangle for the bottom ruffle.

I can't wait to see how people use this tutorial! :cheerful:

03-15-2010, 12:09 AM
Beautiful and great tutorial :yes:

04-26-2010, 03:14 PM
Very fun and cute. Although, I'm a bit itimidated. Maybe not for my 1st project.