Boutique-style ruffled pants for little girls are showing up in stores, magazines and on many do-it-yourself websites. One-, two- or three-ruffle versions are seen on fashionable young misses from playgrounds to preschool. Colorful, easy-care fabrics lend freshness while ruffles add whimsy to these adorable garments. Pair them with a top adorned with an applique made from the pants fabric and they make a coordinated outfit any little girl would love. Make a wardrobe of ruffled pants for your own little one or give them as gifts.
Turn a pair of pants inside out to use as a pattern. Fold the legs together so the crotch curve is on one side and the other side is a straight line from waist to hem. Trace on a piece of paper.
Draw a line across the pattern where the waistband attaches. Cut the waistband off the pattern. Cut 1 1/2 inches off the bottom of the leg to accommodate a ruffle. Draw a waistband 2 1/2 inches wide by four times the length of the top edge. Draw a pattern for the ruffles 5 inches long by four times the width of the leg bottom.
Fold fabric for the pants lengthwise with right sides together. Place the leg pattern with the long side along the fold, pin and cut. Cut a second leg piece. Cut out the waistband and four ruffles. Pin along the curved crotch seams with right sides together. The crotch curves are now on the right and left. Sew the curves using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.
Fold a ruffle in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Sew a line of long stitches along the edge leaving long thread ends. Repeat with the remaining ruffles. Pull the threads to gather the ruffles to the desired width.
Pin the edge of a ruffle to the bottom edge of a leg, with right sides together. Adjust the gathers evenly. Sew in place with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Press the ruffle down with a steam iron and top-stitch along the edge.
Pin a ruffle upside down across the leg 3 inches above the bottom ruffle. The ruffle fold should be pointing toward the waist. Pull the threads and gather it to fit across the leg. Adjust the gathers so they are evenly spaced. Use a 1/2-inch seam allowance and sew the ruffle to the leg. Use a steam iron to press it down toward the leg bottom. Top-stitch along the edge. Attach ruffles to the other leg.
Re-position the pants and pin the leg seams together. Sew with a 1/2-inch seam allowance.
Sew the ends of the waistband together to form a circle. Fold the waistband in half with wrong sides together. Pin the waistband to the right side of the pants, align the edges and sew.
Open a small hole in the waistband center seam and insert 1/4-inch elastic. Adjust the elastic to the waist size and sew the ends. Close the seam opening.