Can I just say that I love the blogging community? There are just so many wonderful, supportive people out there (including our wonderful readers, we love reading your emails and comments!) Ever since I started writing about 5 years ago, I've been lucky to "meet" some truly nice people who leave sweet comments, give me blogging advice or simply just send an encouraging email. Jess at Me Sew Crazy is one of those wonderful people. I was thrilled to open my email last month and see an email from her with her Riding Pants pattern attached! I just love all of her patterns (I'm still itching to make her Forget Me Knot Dress for Haley.) We had quite the busy month last month with Made It for Me that I wasn't able to post them sooner, but better late than never, right?
Haley's favorite pants are leggings (or "soft pants" as she calls them.) I don't know what your stance is on whether or not leggings should be worn as pants, but Haley is obviously in the "I'll wear them however I want" category. She was only too happy to have a few new pairs of leggings!
I really wanted to use up more of my leather stash so for the first pair of Riding Pants, I decided to make some simple gray ones with leather patches on the inside. I love how they turned out! The steps to make the pants were really easy to follow - and I even learned how to make my first faux fly. I'm addicted; I want to make all my daughter's leggings with a faux fly now! They just give the pants more of a "finished" look.
And the button placket down each side is adorable!
Of course, being the girly girl that Haley is, she insisted on wearing her sparkly TOMS.
After making the first pair (which I totally tailored toward my own taste), I decided to make Haley a pair that was more her style - and that means lots and lots of pink. I'm loving all of the floral printed jeans and pants out there this spring, so I dug into my stash and made her this cute pink polka dot version with floral patches. (In case you're wondering, I got both the knit and cotton fabrics from Walmart, and the gray knit from the pair above from JoAnn's.)
I didn't get a close up of the buttons on this pair, but I used little flower buttons on the side placket. These are SO girly, and definitely Haley's favorite.
You can get the digital pattern for The Riding Pants HERE in sizes 18mos-8 years. I know I'll be using this pattern to make plenty more in the future!