To make your own back-to-school pants start by choosing your favorite pant pattern. I chose to use the flat front pant pattern from Dana of Made. I had created another pair of pants to use for this tutorial from a recent Ottobre issue but the legs were skinny, too skinny for any kind of cuff. So when choosing a pant pattern make sure the leg opening has plenty of room for cuffs.
MAKING THE CUFFS
Shorten pant pattern piece to account for no hem needed. I use a two inch hem for these pants so I cut off 1 1/2 inches, leaving a half inch for the cuff seam.
Use pant pattern piece to cut out cuffs. I decided to make mine 8 inches tall but depending on the size of your child you may need a different height. Remember there will be an inch lost to seam allowances.
Place cuffs on legs, right sides together, and sew 1/2 inch seam.
Fold down top of cuff 1/2 inch and press.
Turn cuff to inside of pant leg and press. Press so that the cuff fabric is completely hidden by the pant leg.
Repeat steps above for other three legs of pant.
Now you should be able to put pant together per your pant pattern. A couple things:
When sewing legs together make sure seam allowance gets sewn facing the pant leg.
Once pants are complete, blind stitch the cuff to inside of pant.
MAKING THE TABS
Cut out two rectangles for each tab. Mine were 1 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches. Just make sure they are shorter than the height of the cuff so they won’t hang out the bottom of the pant.
Sew 1/4 inch seam around three sides.
Clip corners and turn right side out.
Top stitch three sides and serge last side.
Sew button hole.
Pin tab to inside of pant leg, above cuff, and sew in place.
Sew button on outside of pant leg. I sewed the button right on top of where I sewed the tab to the pant. This helps hide the stitching under the button.
Button the tab and you have cropped pants to enjoy for the last weeks of summer. Or wear them long for back-to-school pants come this fall.
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