Ladies who have rediscovered sewing in order to provide stylish and well-fitting clothes for their children. As our kids are growing up, they are not yet physically ready or mature enough for adult clothes, and thus adult patterns. So we are in search of fun, functional, and fashionable pre-teen patterns to share with you. Our primary goal is to assist in making sewing for tweens a fun experience for the sewer and the model!
These are the pants that Abi was wearing for my cotton candy meets sugar skull outfit that you can see HERE. They are a skinny jean that I made from some reclaimed light wash jeans. I died them with a tie dye technique using Rit dye. I was hoping to do an ombre finish, but my daughter liked the funkiness of the tie-die technique much better. Since she is the one that has to wear them, we went with her opinions.
NOTE: This pattern does not come with seem allowances. You must draw your own.
Pattern source: You may purchase this pattern online
Sizes available: This is truly a tween
pattern, but it is a European pattern sized from 134-158.Just so you know, my daughter wears a size 10
in US sizes and a 140 in European sizes.European patterns in general and Burda specifically do run a little slimmer
than a US pattern.So, if your child is
curvy, it is even more important that you pay attention to all her measurements.Also, these pants in particular have a skinny
leg.My daughter is thin so I cut it out
with the smallest size on the width but a 140 (second size) for the length.
Special materials required: You will need interfacing,
a single button or snap, zipper, and a denim needle if you choose to make the pants
jeans like I did.The pattern does call
for a pant weight fabric with some stretch.
Skill level required: The pattern is rated
intermediate and deserves this rating.The fly zipper in particular has very specific steps.Burda does not have the best instructions but
they are workable if you take it slow and not try to get ahead of
yourself.At one point I was confused,
so I unzipped my own fly and looked at the construction.The instructions then made sense and I
continued on.The end result was a very
professional looking pair of pants.
How I came to choose the pattern: I love the styling of burda so I ‘window shop'
often on BurdaStyle.When I came across
these pants I quickly downloaded them because there are so few pre-teen pants
with a real zipper fly.
Did you deviate from the pattern?If yes, how? Not a lot.It
was perfect as designed. I did add some elastic to the back of the waist for my skinny girl. I will add more
length to them next time too because the fit just a little too perfect.Also, I am considering adding zippers at the
ankle just for some interesting styling on a future pair.
Overall pattern rating:This is a (a top score) bolt pattern. I loved
this pattern!It makes the perfect pair
of skinny jeans for your tween.They are
not too fitted and allow for good play and have a super professional finish.