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03. 06. 2014

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

Today I am posting about my most FAVORITE jeans pattern for kids!  The Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy Threads!  I had the pleasure of testing this pattern and fell in love with them then.

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

For this post I decided I would make a pair for my girls since they are outgrowing the jeans I just made for them several months ago.  I found this fun floral stretch denim from Michael Levine at the LA fabric district and knew I would make a pair of skinny jeans out of it.

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

Included in the pattern are lots of tips on using topstitching thread.  I had never used it before and thanks to the tips I didn’t have a problem at all.  I love the professional look it gives by doing the topstitching option.  I had fun with the topstitching on the back pockets.  I added a fun little leather heart cut out on one of the back pockets too.  I used the same technique to make the heart cut out as I did to make the knit heart dress tutorial found HERE.

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

I did the half fly option for my girls since it’s easier for them to get on and off on their own.  I did the full zipper option on the pair I tested for my son and I have to say the instructions were so easy and clear to follow.  I was a little nervous going into it but I was pleasantly surprised out how professional they looked when I was done.

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

I had a little fun with the waistband on this pair as well.  I used a blue chambray fabric and some fabric paint to make the polka dots.  I didn’t do the adjustable waist option with this pair only because my girls are growing strait up and not around so they grow out of pants in length before they do in the waist right now.

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

I also added a little side ankle zip for a fun little detail.  I picked up a bunch of these tiny little zippers from the LA fabric district last summer and thought this was the perfect use for them.  Plus the color matched perfectly so I just had to use them!

Here are some photos of my daughter wearing her new jeans!  She loves them and so do I!  I just LOVE the professional look of this pattern on the outside as well as the inside.  It really does look like they are store bought jeans!

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

I thought I would include a little tutorial on how to add the side ankle zippers in case someone would like to give it a try.  It’s super easy and can be added to any jeans pattern.

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

How to add a side ankle zipper to any jeans pattern - Small Fry skinny jeans pattern review sewn by Lexi Made

I think it is a fun little detail and have actually thought about doing this for some of my own skinny jeans!

If you haven’t purchased this pattern yet you need to NOW!  If you are intimated by sewing a pair of jeans don’t be!  This pattern really is amazing and walks you through the entire thing.  I really am so impressed with the finished result and it feels so good to be able to say I made these!  There is also a super awesome feature with this pattern where you can now print off just the size you need instead of printing every single size at once.  It makes taping and cutting go by so much faster and saves ink!

Laura is offering a discount code right now that is good until March 15th.  Just enter TOUR20 to receive 20% percent off!  Now is the time to grab this pattern!

Be sure to check out all the other amazing jeans the other bloggers on the tour are making. So much inspiration!

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26 Responses to “Titchy Threads – Small Fry Skinny Jeans + a tutorial”

  1. Kerry says:

    These are adorable!!! I need some of that fabric!

  2. Trine says:

    <3 – so adorable, Lexi!!! Great idea with the zipper!

  3. Laura says:

    What a gorgeous fabric Alexia. The jeans are amazing and your little girl looks adorable in them. I’m really happy you could join the tour today.

  4. risa west says:

    These are adorable. They look great! Sewn well and a super cute choice of fabric!

    I’m so glad to see these in my feed today. I just pinned this pattern last night. I’ve been wanting to sew my own pants this year and thought starting with kid jeans would be the best.

  5. Erin says:

    I love your version!!! Great fabric, and the zippers!!! Well done. :)

  6. Toni-Maree says:

    Gorgeous fabric Lexi, and I LOVE the side zip detail!

  7. Jessica says:

    Awesome–as usual! Love the ankle zippers. A nod to my 80′s upbringing,

  8. Beautiful Alexia! The zips are the perfect touch.

  9. Nancy says:

    Everything you sew turns to gold! These are beautiful and I love the added ankle zippers (I used to have a pair like these in my high school days :-) )

  10. Courtney says:

    Love the girly details on these!

  11. What a great outfit! I’m loving the addition of zippers to the ankles – SO fun! Nice work, thanks for sharing!

    Michelle
    http://www.daydreambelieversdesigns.com

  12. Lovely!!!
    I love the outfit:-)

  13. These. Are. So. Awesome. I can’t believe how professional they look! I kind of love that super low back pocket placement…it’s adorable. And what a great custom touch with those side pockets. I might have to make these very soon!

  14. Anne says:

    Very cute! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-ankle-zips-for-skinny-jeans/2014/03/08/
    –Anne

  15. […] Lexi from Lexi Made shows how she added zips to the ankles of the skinny jeans she made for her daughter.  She used the Small Fry Skinny Jeans pattern by Titchy Threads, but this will work with any skinny jeans pattern.  It’s a cute detail that only takes a few extra steps to add.  Go to Lexi Made for the tute. […]

  16. […] thanks to my trusty Janome. I didn’t do any other customizations though I’d love to try Lexi’s side zippers when I make these […]

  17. OK, so these are insanely cute! And I MUST have that denim. Love the customization you’ve done, because the zipper isn’t only practical – it’s dang cute. Thanks for sharing, and I’ll admit…I’m sold on this pattern! :)

  18. […] Thanks so much for reading! If you’d like to check out more versions of this fabulous, staple pattern, check out Laura’s blog Craftstorming where she is sharing all the versions from the tour. Believe me, you’ll be inspired! For two of my favorite versions, check out this awesome motorcycle version by Max California, and this adorable floral version by Lexi Made. […]

  19. […] new blogging friend of mine who is super talented, in both her sewing and photography. I love these ankle zips she made for her daughter’s skinny jeans and hello, these four dresses for herself? So […]

  20. […] from Lexi Made has not been sewing that long but you wouldn’t know it if you saw all the incredible clothes […]

  21. Kim says:

    Love these!! Where did you purchase the fabric and what is the top pattern? It is very stylish!

  22. carolina says:

    So femenine, thanks for the tutorial.
    About the top, I love it. Did you design it?

  23. DeShea says:

    Love the top! What is the pattern?

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