Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Upcycled Ruffle Pants {With a Half-Baked Tutorial}

These were so simple.

Crazy. Easy.
(Don't believe me? Just you watch. No one ever believes me when I say things are easy....)

Unbelievably Un-hard!

I've been wanting to make some ruffled pants for awhile now. I mean, they are the cutest things on girls, right? Oy. I love ruffles.

And my cute friend, Sundi, has made loads of them. And she posted a fun tutorial for them a few months ago. It reminded me yet again, how I want to make some.

Then I was at the thrift store and I found this dress...

Wet Seal - Ruffle Trim...
Ok. This isn't the actual dress. I can't find the before picture I took. But this is close to
what it looked like. 

Mmmm, not something I would normally pull of the rack. I would feel a bit too....exposed. BUT (through the magic of my blog) I turned it into these...

Yes! Perfect ruffled pants for my Zoe. I LOVE them. And she does, too. She wore them for three days straight.

And these are my kind of project.  Because, see, I like to make stuff (shocking, right?)

However, I'm trying to a be a writer (minus the tweed elbow patches) and it's hard to find time for sewing or crafting. But I get this itch (and pinterest is not helping). And I want to, no I need to make something. So, I love it when I can find things that don't take too long to whip up and also gives me that creative fix.

So, anyhoodles, are you ready for the half-baked tutorial. Let's roll...

Step #1: Figure out how long you want your ruffle pants. Capris? Or longer? Now get yourself a pattern. Trace your girl's pants. Google a pattern. Check out some tutorials.

Step #2: Cut your pattern out with the hem of it lined up with the ruffles of the dress.

Step #3: Sew up your pants like you would any pajama pants pattern. And Voila! You have yourself a pair of  cute ruffled boutique pants for your beautiful girl.

I told you it was easy. So. There.

Need some ruffled pants inspiration? Check these out....

Girls Pink Ruffle Pants or Capris with pocket sizes 12 months through 3T
Pink Ruffled Pants by A Joyful Vision

Indigo Denim Ruffled Pants By Sew In Fashion....Size 6 12 18 24 month 2T 3T 4T 5T 6yr 7yr
Denim Ruffled Pants by Sew In Fashion

Large Dot Orange Ruffle Pants.................the PERFECT addition to any wardrobe
Orange Polka Dot Ruffle Pants by The Trendy Baby
Good Day.. Denim Ruffle Pant Capri pM Fall 2010 12m 18m 2t 3t 4t 5 6
More cute denim ruffled pants by Pretty Me (I love that flower.)

Tree Top Stripe Ruffle Pants
Striped Ruffle Pants by Isadora Kids

Now if you're like me and you've been wanting to make these darling pants....race to the thrift store and hope they have some cute sundresses in stock!

I mean it.

Go now.

Or else I'm going to beat you to them....


  1. These are too cute! I would love to make this for my daughter! I can totally understand the Pinterest itch!

    If you're interested, we're hosting our first ever link up party. Please stop by and link up! http://www.waywardgirlscrafts.com/2012/01/wayward-weekend-week-1.html

    1. Thanks for the invite, Brooke! I'm sorry I missed the link up party.