Small Fry Skinny Jeans Pattern Tour

Recently, my friend Laura of Titchy Threads invited me to sew along for her Small Fry Skinny Jeans Pattern Tour, and of course I was all in!

I fell in love with the classic pair that Laura had made for her listing, so I wanted to sew a pair for Elijah.

And honestly, Laura has made an incredible pattern. I have to hold back from gushing over the Small Fry Skinny Jeans (aka SFSJ). But I think it is clear when you look at the consistency of every pair on this tour and from testers, this pattern is TNT, dynamite. It is no simple sew, but at the same time it is comprehensive enough to take you through each step and get excellent results.

The pattern is on sale until March 15th with the code TOUR20.

I measured Elijah before picking a size, he is well and truly a size 4 now, but he is growing so tall that I decided to lengthen the hem to the size 5 and make a cuff.

I printed the pattern out at my local print shop, and then... *gasp*... cut the size I wanted. It took me a while to make this decision, but I don't think I will be sewing jeans again until next year, and I think the sting of paying another $3 wont be too bad.

The pattern features A LOT of topstitching, I borrowed my mum's machine so that I didn't have to swap threads during sewing. Her machine only has one speed... fast! It was interesting getting used to it again as it was the machine I started my sewing adventures on.

I had no idea what sort of design to do on the back pockets, so rather than leave them totally plain I did something random. I think it looks okay.

Some of the sewing isn't perfect, there are variations in the distances between all the topstitching. I gritted my teeth and ignored my perfectionism, because I know I am the only one who can see what I am talking about.

Oh and I LOVE flat felled seams. Its official. See... I had mentioned to Laura I was going to just save myself the hassle and just serge those seams, but she pointed out to me that flat fells actually take less sewing, only 2 passes by the machine. Essentially if you do serge the seams there is 4 passes through (sew, serge, topstitch, topstitch). Well I am so glad I tried them. They look SO good!

I am so super happy with the jeans! They look incredible. I love seeing all the different versions on the tour. Today Amanda from Kitschy Coo and Sabra at Sew A Straight Line are also posting their jeans so head on over there to take a look :)

Don't forget to grab your copy of the Small Fry Skinny Jeans for 20% while the tour is on, just use the code TOUR20.


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  1. Oh wow!!! You're the Queen of Topstitching!!! Awesome pants :-)

  2. Hahaha Trine! Thank you. I think this is my last crazy topstitching binge for a while :)

  3. I absolutely LOVE the randomness of the topstitching on the back pockets! It's also very true that we are the only ones to see the imperfections, or at least what we view as imperfections! These are darling!

  4. These look incredible Toni-Maree and I don't spot any imperfections! I want to come and steal them for my boys. I love the design on the back pockets especially.

    The idea to borrow your mum's machine is genius! I'm going to have to do that next time I make some. Thanks so much for being on the tour today.

  5. Pam @Threading My WayMarch 08, 2014 9:15 am

    Awesome job on the topstitching! The jeans look fabulous.

  6. Mie @ Sewing Like MadMarch 08, 2014 10:37 am

    Oh my about PERFECT top-stitching...wooooow. Amazing!!!

  7. Amazing! They look perfect. I love the pocket detail. Yay for topstitching!

  8. Thank you so much for having me Laura! :)

  9. Haha thank you so much Mie :D x

  10. Wow Toni-Maree! They look pretty perfect to me! Amazing topstitching. I love the pockets and the fly is so well done!

  11. Suzanne SenioreMarch 10, 2014 8:45 pm

    Awesome Toni!! These look great:)

  12. Thanks Abby! I followed all the fly instructions like a good student and it turned out great!

  13. Alisa @ A Stitch in BetweenMarch 21, 2014 2:27 pm

    You are unbelievable! With every new post I see you are getting more and more fantastic at sewing, stop it! <3

  14. Natalie @sewoutnumberedApril 01, 2014 10:13 pm

    I know, right?! $97 is ridiculous! The girl I got at Officeworks was USELESS! I was so annoyed, she wouldn't even listen to my explanation of what I wanted. She just kept saying, we just press print, we don't "tile" anything together. Ummmm, hello - aren't you guys supposed to be in the business of printing?? Might just go for the old fashioned stickytape this time around and try again at Officeworks once I get over my irritation - haha! Thanks for the info :)

  15. SoutherngrittsJuly 17, 2014 1:07 pm

    I'm new at sewing (as in I have sewn less than 20 things, and under half that was actually clothes) but I love a new challenge and made these pants. My boy LOVES them. I made them out of a light weight corduroy. He wears them all the time!

    (again, I'm still REALLY new, so I'm sure there are a lot of flaws)