A few months back, I tested the Pleated Penny top for Shauna of Shwin & Shwin, and as compensation, I was allowed to pick one pattern for free from her shop. I chose the Lovely Rita's slim fit pant for girls.
I picked this particular pattern out of all the wonderful, unique designs she has to offer because most little girl's pants patterns are for wide legged, ruffle bottom, elastic waist pants that aren't fitted at all. This design is such a nice departure from that norm and is a lot of fun when you add contrasting fabrics to the pockets and pants cuff.
I made Ella's pants using size 5T and with stretch denim fabric as recommended in the pattern. Shauna's pattern was filled with easy to follow instructions and helpful photographs which made constructing these jeans a cinch. I did change one thing though. I lined the rear pockets with the floral fabric. This was easier to me than ironing and hemming the edges of the pocket. Plus it added another cute detail.
The only problem that I had with the pattern was with the front pocket pattern pieces. I cut them out according to the pattern, but the side seam edge curved inward and did not extend out far enough to match up with the pants leg side seam. The only solution was to recut the pocket pieces. I made a note on my pattern to be sure to extend those edges the next time I make a pair.
I thought the jeans were going to be too big for Ella, but in fact, they fit her quite nicely. The Lovely Rita's slim jeans are great for running around, climbing, and playing in general. And they are very stylish!
I bought more stretch denim the other day to make her a second pair. The next time though, I think I'll make them without the lined cuff and buttons. Now I just need to find the time to sew them together!
Not sure what Ella is doing in all these pictures, but I see that she's having fun poking her lips out!
To go with these cool pair of jeans, I appliqued a double flower design with the letter "E" onto a t-shirt using my new embroidery machine. I think I am finally getting the hang of machine embroidery! Check out some of my embroidery/applique work here.
Ella has loved wearing this outfit so much that she has worn it at least three times this past week! Guess I better get busy making that second pair! Now if I could only figure out how to make these in my size...
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