April 16, 2015

Small Fry Skinny Jeans Revisited

Fabulous girl's red skinny jeans! | Small Fry Skinny Jeans sewn by The Inspired Wren

Since I made the first pair of Small Fry Skinny Jeans last year, I have been itching to make another pair. I finally found the perfect project for them and I can't wait to share it with you *squee!*...

...but that will have to wait until Monday. It's so hard for me not to share all that I've made the very second it's complete. But I must. So for today, let's just focus on the jeans. The fabulous, red, skinny jeans!

Fabulous girl's red skinny jeans with mock front pockets! | Small Fry Skinny Jeans sewn by The Inspired Wren

This pattern still rocks my world! The final product is custom and unique, tailored to fit, and yet does not look at all handmade. Unless of course you completely forget to adjust the tension on your machine and can't figure out why the top stitching is giving you so much trouble this time when last time it was a breeze. And then you remember the tension when there are exactly two seams left to sew and you've already struggled past all the decorative top-stitching. Or so I would imagine that could happen to ...someone. Learn from my mistake: when top-stitching on denim with denim thread through a denim needle, adjust the tension!

Mock front pockets on Small Fry Skinny Jeans | Sewn by The Inspired Wren

This time round I made one alteration to the pattern as written. The front pockets seen here are not really here. I left off the pocket bags and the pocket opening is stitched closed The little coin pocket is still an actual pocket but there are no front pockets despite what the stitching may tell you. The Peanut never uses pockets and the pocket bags on the previous pair of skinny jeans tend to pop out and I find myself tucking them back in for her. My own favorite pair of store-bought jeans have false front pockets -- lovely for reducing bulk across one's front, frustrating when you're looking for a place to put your keys for a second. The Peanut doesn't exactly have "bulk" across her front, but she also doesn't carry any keys, so I went for the mock pockets. The back pockets are there if she randomly has need of one.

As for the shirt? You'll have to come back on Monday to learn more about it!

Love the hidden waistband detail on these Small Fry Skinny Jeans | The Inspired Wren
So much gathering across the back to hold them up on my skinny-mini. Note the waistband facing -- love that hidden detail!


Small Fry Skinny Jeans from Titchy Threads, Size 5


Fashion Bottomweights, 7 oz Stretch Denim in Solid Red, Joann Fabric
Waistband Facing: Elizabeth Olwen Quilt Fabric, Retro Morocco Spider Floral, Joann Fabric


Did I mention the tension? I very rarely find I need to adjust the tension. But for denim thread on denim through a denim needle one really should. And then remember to adjust it back.


This pattern. Have I mentioned how much I love this pattern?! Seriously.

Fabulous girl's red skinny jeans with mock front pockets! | Small Fry Skinny Jeans sewn by The Inspired Wren
Once again the jeans are baggy in width and just right in length. I predict she'll outgrow them in height before they fully fit her hips. 

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  1. Fabulous. I can see this outfit on an adult easily too. This pants pattern is going on the list for my little guy.

  2. You've sold me on this pattern, but I can't get my kid in jeans! Love the red jeans!

  3. I wonder how big this pattern goes! That looks awesome on her.

  4. You're awesome!! Loving all these skinny jeans and beautiful color!

  5. Cute! I have this pattern, but haven't tried it yet. I'll have to pull it out soon! I always have more ideas than time :)

  6. Little Peanut looks precious in her grown-up skinny jeans. Well done Ren! I love them!

  7. I have had this pattern for a year also, but never sewn it up. So cute in red!

  8. I have had this pattern for a year also, but never sewn it up. So cute in red!

  9. These are superb. the fit is spot on, and from here,, your sewing looks impeccable. Love the back pocket detail. having just made the Twisted Trousers, I'm sure this pattern should be in my collection too!