Designer's Challenge - Dandelions n' Dungarees

Hi! I'm Elise, one half of the duo over at Dandelions n' Dungarees. I'm here blogging today because a few months ago a fellow designer and PDF pattern seller suggested that the PDF designers do a collaborative challenge, the basis of the challenge was simple-create something out of the box, something new and interesting. Seeing as Dandelions n' Dungarees is new to the PDF scene virtually anything we do is a challenge and NEW---so challenge accepted! After signing up for the challenge I put it out of my head... until I got the reminder notice a few weeks ago. Fortunately, I had been working on the Perfectly Pleated Pants. I felt they were perfect for the challenge.

First, let me start with the Perfectly Pleated Pants that weren't. The pants first started out with a comfy knit waistband, after my first sample, and some feedback from testers, it just didn't look right-so the knit waistband was nixed. Next, I hit the dilemma of how to write my tutorial on the pleats, I didn't figure people would appreciate me telling them to eyeball it LOL. Because my pleat pants originally had a fly, creating equal pleats was very difficult, the method I came up with in my tutorial wasn't working-it was just a disaster. So the fly went the way of the knit waistband. In the end my original vision was still realized and I learned A LOT along the way, especially to not procrastinate.

The Perfectly Pleated Pants: Sizes 12 months-8 Features 4 pleats with a flat front waist and elasticized back waist. Has 2 functional drop pockets (what kid doesn't love pockets?) and a cuffed ankle. Pattern also includes tutorial options for a rolled cuff, back pockets, and button tabs.

I love how you can dress these pants up with some satin or make them out of comfy flannel... really the fabric options are endless!


Photo/Sewing Credits: Cindi, Angela, Nicole, and Tina (respectively)

You can get your Perfectly Pleated Pants here. Oh and Good news! They are on sale today and tomorrow (11/21-11/22) for only $5, use code: challenge. We are also giving away a copy through Pattern Revolution, don't worry, if you win we'll refund you for your purchase.
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