Fall has made an appearance and there is a definite chill in the air. Too cold for Miss Wigglyhead to be running around naked showing off her tattoos but being who she is, a simple pair of sensible undies would not do. Insead she requested a pair of Sassy Pants. Debbie is about 10 inches tall with an 8 inch waist.
I used a small scrap of 100% cotton broadcloth, a small piece of Cotton Broderie Anglaise trim that was slightly ruffled, and a small bit of white foldover elastic. The pattern for Debbie’s sassy pants can be found here >>> Sassy Pants Pattern.
Here is how I made Miss Wigglyhead’s Sassy Pants:
Print out the pattern and cut 2 Front and 2 back pieces. I used 100% cotton broadcloth which I folded in half with the right sides together.
I marked each front piece on the wrong side with a pencil. The front and back pieces in this pattern look very much alike. Marking them helped me tell them apart. Next, I used a zig zag stitch to finish the edges and to prevent them from unravelling.
Take one front piece and one back piece and with right sides together, sew a seam along the inside leg as shown. I used a ¼ inch seam allowance. Repeat using the remaining front and back pieces.
Make a ¼ fold on the bottom of the piece. Press well.
Pin a piece of the Broderie Anglaise trim to the bottom of the leg piece on the right side. Sew along the top of the trim being sure to also catch the folded hem on the wrong side. I used a zig zag stitch but a straight stitch could also be used as could a fancy embroidery stitch.
You should now have two separate leg pieces consisting of a front and back piece with trim along the hem of each piece.
With right sides together, sew a ¼ inch seam along the curved inside leg. Turn so that the right sides are facing out and both back pieces are facing you. Unfold the pants so that the front is no longer under the back. You don’t want both the front and back to get stitched together when you are adding the ruffles.
The next steps add the ruffles to the back of these pants.
Measure ¾ inch from the top and make a mark. Sew a piece of trim along this mark. This is the first, or bottom ruffle.
Add the second ruffle by measuring down ½ of an inch from the top and sew another piece of trim along this line. You want the second piece of trim to cover the top of the first piece of trim.
To add the third and last ruffle, make a mark ¼ inch from the top and stitch down another piece of trim ensuring that the top of the second piece of trim is covered by the third piece of trim. You should have about a ¼ of fabric left at the top which will be covered with the foldover elastic.
Arrange the pieces so that the right sides are facing and sew along the outside edges using a ¼ seam allowance. Turn the pants right side out.
Cut a piece of fold-over elastic to fit around the waist band with enough tension that it will fit snuggly. Debbie has been snacking on berries and cherry tomatoes all summer so her pants were fitting pretty snuggly but I added the elastic so that they wouldn’t fall off unintentionally. Pin and stitch the elastic to the top of the pants. Unfortunately, I failed to take any pictures of this part but Angry Chicken has an excellent tutorial on how to sew foldover elastic, which can be found here.
Once the elastic is added, the Sassy Pants are finished. Here is what they look like hung out on the clothesline after washing:
If you make a pair, let me know. Also let me know if you have any questions.
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