My mother-in-law had been teaching me how to sew recently, so I sent her an email to see if she thought we could make these. Her answer was, "Absolutely!" The fabric on the Matilda Jane pants appear to be a knit cotton, but I wanted something fun and colorful, so I picked out some adorable seersucker fabric from the Tutti Fruitti collection at Hancock Fabrics. I made a pair for each of my daughters, and I'm making another one for my cousin's daughter.
Basically, I just followed a pants pattern and cut off about 4 1/2 inches from the bottom of the pattern to make room for the ruffle.
I pinned the seam of the ruffle to the inner seam of the pant leg, then pinned the folded edge to the outer edge of the pant leg, right side to right side. I had to pull the ruffle through the pant leg so that I could manage the fabric of the ruffle better.
I gathered and pinned each ruffle.
After hand ruffling, I sewed the pant leg to the ruffle.
Here are my princesses wearing their new ruffle pants with matching tops! What do you think??