Tuesday 17 June 2014

Li'l Nature Walk Pants

I'm very flattered to have been invited back on the Oliver + S blog to talk about P's Disco Pants

Flattered, but also a bit embarrassed as I just made it up as I went along, but I'm telling myself that my chop it and see if it works approach to sewing might be inspiring for others, or at least mildly  amusing.

If you've come from the Oliver + S post you'll have seen that in trying to describe what I did, I made a mini pattern. Lucky Tinkerbell, huh?!

She now has no less than three pair of Nature Walk pants.

The first pair were made with straight legs, just like a mini version of the real pattern

Then I made a pair for the blogpost with a single cut and spread of the pattern at the middle (outer leg) and a bit of width at the inner leg.

Then I started pondering the definition of flares vs bellbottoms. I didn't go so far as to look it up. I'm sure there are pattern design instructions out there somewhere for how to achieve one but not the other. I was, however, curious enough to want to see what would happen if I cut and spread the pattern piece multiple times.

It does give a much more even flare but it also becomes a bit warped. It's obviously not the couture method for flaring a straight leg pattern but Tinks doesn't mind, she 's just happy to get down in her new pants.

If you have a little 18" (or so) friend who's tired of pretty dolls frocks and wants to ride her bike or go hiking and needs trousers then you're in luck! Click the picture below for a link to a downloadable PDF of the pattern pieces for the straight leg Li'l Nature Walk Pants

Note: PDF is designed to print on a single sheet of A4 paper and you will probably need to select borderless printing or zero margins as it goes close to edge of page. No instructions are included as you really should own this pattern! :)


  1. That's really funny and cute. Now you've got me looking up 70's pants hem definitions!

  2. So cute!! And that's how I make doll clothes too. Is there any other way? Oh right, I'm sure some people measure and draft precisely the right thing on the first try or something ....!


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