Although winter is a few months off yet, my miss 4 is seriously lacking in the winter wardrobe, and I’m trying to be organised. The Walker jeans from Momma Quail Patterns were just the pattern I needed, I put my hand up straight away to test* them.
They are a relaxed fit jean with a bootcut and straight leg option in both full length jeans or shorts. The other thing is that there is an adjustable buttonhole elastic waist, full functioning zip fly and five-pocket styling, just like real jeans!!!! . The jeans are drafted for boys sized 12 months to 14 years but as you can see, they are perfect for little girls too. The PDF pattern has no-trim pages, always a bonus! and a layered printing option and also instructions for distressing your denim.
For all of mine I used the straight leg pattern. I made version 1 using a pair of my jeans that I have hardly ever worn. It’s a nice soft denim with cotton/elastane. I managed to get a size 5 kids pair from a women’s size 12 jeans. I followed all the instructions as specified and can confidently say you will find making these surprisingly easy with all the pictorials and thorough instructions. I wanted to add a bit of interest to these so made lace bows for the back pockets. I accidentally also hemmed them a bit too short but have since let the hem down.
The pattern underwent some minor changes such as narrowing the outer hip/leg so I made up another two pairs. The dark blue was using some rigid blue denim (unknown fibre content but stiff – we need to wash them a few times). I did some decorative pocket top stitching which is hard to see and am waiting to get some iron-on sparkles to highlight this.
My third and final pair was made using a light weight summer vintage flower african wax print denim (poly/cotton). My theory behind this pair was that it would be a trans-seasonal pair of jeans that could be rolled up for warmer weather. Love how they turned out.
So we have quickly ended up with 3 new wardrobe items. There was another change from the versions you see here to the final pattern and that was 1/2″ was removed from the front rise and the back yoke.
This is truly a great pattern, well thought out and drafted with great instructions, a large size range and unisex. A complete package. Don’t miss out and get the pattern 20% off up until the 14th March 2016.
*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.