I’ve been wanting to make Hannah some baby jeans for quite a while. Because it was my first time, I wanted to keep it basic. Just a simple pair of pants with an elastic waistband. They turned out a little too simple looking, though, so I decided to dig into my mini ribbon stash to add some embellishment to the cuffs.
The pink with white polka dots ribbon I got from Joann’s. It was originally intended for another project that I lost interest in and never started. The blue and green ribbon was a thrift store find. I’ve never been big on thrift stores, but recently I’ve changed my tune. When I was visiting my in-laws in Arizona over the Christmas holiday, I went with my mother-in-law to this little thrift store called Hidden Treasures. They have so many awesome things for amazing prices. This cut of ribbon, a few yards or so, was only 50 cents! I also scored some other really cute clothes for Hannah. Perhaps my biggest find of all, a pair of seemingly brand new Gap jeans for $1!
(this pic reminds me of Rosie the Riveter for some reason)
So now that I’ve drifted totally off topic…Basically, ribbon bottom jeans are a cinch. Pants sew up pretty quick, especially when you cheat like I did by making each pant leg one piece of fabric so there is no outside leg seam. Once the pants were all sewed together and the legs were hemmed, I simply pinned my ribbon around the cuffs, leaving a little bit of extra ribbon on the end where I would finish the seam. Just before I got to the point where the ribbon ends met, I tucked the extra bit of ribbon under and layered that over the raw edge of the ribbon that I had already sewed down at the start of my seam. I hope that’s not too confusing! (See pic below) I should have lined the ribbon seam up with the leg seam, but this was my first attempt. I did with the other pair of jeans.
I was thinking this would be an easy way to embellish store bought jeans–for baby or mommy–for an even easier project.
I found quite a few mommy blogs that have tutorials on peasant tops. They seemed easy and super cute so I decided to give it a try. I used the 3-6 month pattern and sewing directions from the site make-your-own-baby-stuff.com. To add embellishment to my peasant top, I used styling inspiration from the ruffley peasant top collar tutorial on the blog Craftiness Is Not Optional.
After getting everything sewn together, the only thing left was to insert the elastic. Before closing the elastic casings, though, I wanted to be sure that everything fit right. When I tried it on my little one, I had to laugh. As much as the ruffle looked really cute when the shirt was on a hanger, it definitely gave me clown vibes. Maybe it was the red?
Since I wasn’t really loving the clown look, I decided to get rid of the ruffle and do a simple bias tape edge like the sleeves and bottom of the peasant top, which looked much better.
To go with the top, I decided to make a little jean skirt with contrast stitching and a sash tied in a bow. And this is the finished product!