He is the CUTEST little cowboy I have ever seen.
You can do this too if you have medium sewing skills.
I know it looks complicated, but it isn't.
Mainly because you don't have to hem anything...
Hemming is the bane of my sewing existence.
This project took me less then a hour and a half.
Before we get started, let me introduce you to Beverly, my new girl.
Beverly is a 1964 Viking Husqvarna sewing machine.
This is one of those old "work horse"machines. And she lives up to her reputation.
The stitches are perfect and even. And she is so quiet whilst sewing, like a kitten purring.
My old machine broke.... again.
I don't think a $120 singer was ever ment for my level of sewing madness.
So I found Beverly in the classifieds for $30. I went to meet her and I fell in love.
She's an older gal and she needed a tune-up and oil but after that she is happy to once again, be applying her craft.
Is it strange that I name everything?
Never-mind... I really don't need ya'll weighing in on my various levels of madness.
This is a sewing post and sewing posts are hard because they require a huge amount of pictures (30 in this one) and they also require lots of instruction. So be patient and try to ignore all of my type-o's because they will be plentiful.
For this project you will need:
* 1 yard of fabric, I got a faux suede type of fabric that does not fray (the fabric was $6.95 a yard at Wal-mart) It is important that the fabric will not fray for this project. If your fabric frays add extra for hemming. Also, these chaps were made for a 50lb 6 year old boy. If your child is larger then this you will need more fabric because this was just the right amount for the chaps and vest. Likewise if your child is smaller you could use less fabric. A good way to measure would be to measure the length of a pair of jeans from top to bottom and add about 4 inches to that measurement.
* Matching thread
* Scissors and sewing machine
* A rotary cutting tool, mat and ruler help a lot, but you could improvise and just use your scissors.
This is how I laid it out. Please lay it out however your pieces fit best.
This is only to give you an idea on how to get it all to fit.
You're layout needs will probably be different then mine were.
I drew black lines on these pictures so you can see more easily where you need to mark and cut.
Follow the black lines.
1. Fold the fabric into fourths. You will need to cut out 4 of these legs.
2. Lay out a pair of jeans (that fit your kid) on top of the folded fabric and mark about an inch away from them down the side.
3. Mark a line about 1/2 inch away along the inseam.
4. You need about 2 inches of fabric at the top of the jeans and about 1/2 inch at the bottom.
5. Cut the fabric about 1/2 inch away from the bottom.
6. I used a plate to round off both of the corners at the bottom of the legs.
7. Mark the waist of the jeans right below where the belt loops should be positioned.
I hope ya'll can see the lines drawn on this picture good enough. I tried to draw them dark enough.
This is a hard one to explain but here I go...
8. The "tab" I have drawn on the left there is what will fold over to form the belt loop. You will sew it down to make a loop and when your kiddo wears his costume you will loop their belt through this in order to hold up the chaps.
9. The line drawn diagonally from the inseam over to the tab is where the chaps are cut out in the front and also in the back showing the jeans through.
10. The little cut out on the bottom left is space left where the belt loop on the jeans will fit through. This is an important tab. You need this tab, do not cut this tab off.
You can see here how the tabs are folded over and there is a space cut out so the side belt loop can fit through. Hopefully this picture explanes it better then my inadequate words can.
Using scrap fabric I cut out some stars to use for embellishment.
I traced the stars with a cookie cutter.
About this time I pinned a side together and tried it on my little man in order to make sure it was not too small.
Better for it to be too big then too small, it looked like it would be just right.
With some scrap fabric I cut a few 3 inch wide strips to be used as fringe down the sides of the pants.
With my ruler and my rotary cutter I cut the fringe. I didn't measure I just estimated.
Yes, my ruler is taped together with duct tape. You gotta problem? ;-)
Put the fabric right sides together and pin the fringe along the inside.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE TWO OPPOSITE FACING SIDES!
I almost didn't take a picture of this for you but I glad I did because I saved myself from doing it wrong.
Make sure you have opposite sides.
Also, see the tabs at the top left? Pin them down.
Then sew them down, like this.
I just used a tight zig-zag stitch to sew them down.
None of that fancy folding and hemming here thank-you-very-much.
These will be what the belt goes through to hold the chaps up.
To sew the fringe on down the side:
Place the two half's of the leg together with right sides facing. Pin the fringe inside. Sew it down.
When you turn them right side out it should look like this.
Position the star (for embellishment purposes only, you can leave the star off)
I just pinned it on and sewed it down with a zig-zag stitch that was close together.
You can iron it on with some wonder-under, but sewing it down to secure it is best.
Then turn the legs right sides facing once more and sew together the inseam of each leg.
Turn them right side out and they should look something like this.
Layout a shirt on top of the fabric and trace along the shoulder and side seam.
I didn't add much extra seam allowance when I traced because the shirt was already pretty baggy and I wanted the vest to be fitted. If you are tracing a shirt that is tight on your child add some room for seam allowance.
I just guessed where to draw the lines for the neck and the sleeves.
Take one of your vest pieces and cut out the v-neck and down the middle of the vest for the vest front.
I added a little cut out at the bottom too just for fun.
Measure where you want the fringe on the back of the vest.
I measured 6 inches down from the middle and 4 inches down from each of the arm holes.
But you could put it straight across, or wherever you like.
I also pinned some fringe to the front.
After you pin the fringe and the star on sew them down, just like I did with the star on the chaps.
I sewed them right on top with a tight zig-zag stitch.
Pin the vest together and sew the shoulders and the sides.
And your done!
I told you it wasn't very difficult.
Have your little cow-kid try it on and cross your fingers that it fits.
And then email me a picture!
I want to see how you made this idea into your own.
Thanks for watching!