Golden Small Fry Skinny Jeans

Golden Small Fry Skinny Jeans
I am so excited to share my version of the Small Fry Skinny Jeans from Titchy Threads!  This pattern tour has been chock full of inspiration, and I’m in great company with the other participants:

Paisley Roots Rebekah Erhabor Handmade by Brienne If Only They Would Nap Mingo & Grace La gang à Nat Lexi Made Sutures & Sandpaper Elsie Marley Probably Actually Groovybabyandmama 2 Little Hooligans Sew Jereli Kitschy Coo Sew a Straight Line A Jennuine Life Lauren Dahl Miss Matatabi Welcome to the Mouse House Things for Boys Skirt As Top sewpony CharmingDoodle EmmylouBeeDoo CailaMade Heidiandfinn Max California Petit à Petit and Family Sewing Like Mad I Seam Stressed
Laura is offering a 20% discount for the duration of the tour with the code TOUR20 when you check out at the Titchy Threads pattern shop.
First, a little background for the fabric I chose for my Small Fry Skinny Jeans:  Arden just celebrated her 5th birthday on March 5th, making this her Golden Birthday.  It seemed quite appropriate then, to use golden metallic stretch denim to commemorate the event.  I bought the fabric from  It’s an interesting textile – the gold is a coating and you can see it distressed a bit when I prewashed it.  I’m expecting more of the indigo base fabric will show through over time.

The pattern and tutorial Laura has created are incredibly thorough.  I’ve sewn a ton of dresses and tops but not many pants, and this is my second zip fly.  It went without a hitch and the end result is so professional.  Now, I won’t try to say this is a quick or easy sew.  This took me a week of work in small bursts because I felt like if I tried to churn it out I was going to make errors.

Don’t let that scare you away — instead, I’d like to think it’s a vote of confidence that anyone with reasonable skill and a willing attitude can make these jeans and they will have the best finishes.  There are options throughout to let you decide how “real” you want to make your jeans.  I chose the inset pockets, zip fly, full-length and the top-stitched waistband.  If a zip fly scares you, the half-fly looks like a really great alternative and much simpler to install.  But don’t be scared – if I can do it, so can you!
A really cool feature on this pattern is how Laura added layers to the PDF file to allow you to print just one size.  I chose not to use it because even though Arden’s measurements put her squarely in a size 4Y, she tends to run a little long in the leg.  I cut about halfway between the 4Y and 5Y for my pattern pieces.  This wasn’t necessary as they would have been plenty long without the added length.  You can see they’re pushing up from the ankle, which is even more pronounced with the ankle boots she’s wearing.  I’m not concerned because the way she’s been eating and sleeping lately, I foresee a growth spurt coming on!

I chose to make hearts for the back pocket details.  You can still see some of the yellow wax pencil I used to mark my stitching lines, but that will wear or wash off.  This is a fun area to really customize the look of your jeans.  I gave Arden a few choices and obviously the hearts won – I mean, she’s five right?

To give you an idea of the great finished in the instructions, I thought it would be fun to show the pants inside-out.  Flat-felled inside, rear rise, and yoke seams, serged edges, bar tacking, and buttonhole elastic in the waistband are some of the professional aspects in these pants.  I will definitely be making more of these, though I might be checking out the half-fly option next time!


To finish, I gave a try at a multiple exposure shot.  I think I still need more practice, but it’s not too bad, right?  But the jeans are fabulous!


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27 Responses to Golden Small Fry Skinny Jeans

  1. Katy R March 10, 2014 at 12:23 PM #

    I love the idea of a golden birthday! And I’ve not missed mine (2 years and a 16 days from now, hopefully I’ll remember how special it is!). I also love the heart detailing you’ve done on the pockets!

    • Jenn AJennuineLife March 10, 2014 at 2:28 PM #

      I’m glad I realized it ahead of time, Hadley’s is also this year when she turns 3 on Oct 3rd.

  2. carin van den berg March 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM #

    I am loving the fabric . Great job!

  3. christina March 10, 2014 at 4:27 PM #

    how fun that fabric is!

  4. Toni-Maree S March 10, 2014 at 7:27 PM #

    Oh I love the gold! I keep seeing gold denim in my local store but I don’t think the boys would appreciate it… yours look so fantastic 🙂

    • Jenn AJennuineLife March 10, 2014 at 7:48 PM #

      It’s taken me a while to get on the gold trend, but I’m kinda diggin’ it now! Yeah, boys might not be quite as receptive…

    • Laura March 10, 2014 at 10:54 PM #

      I got the same gold denim a while ago and plan to use it for one of my boys. I also found it went streaky after washing.

  5. Heidi Polcyn March 10, 2014 at 7:37 PM #

    Fun! O will have her golden birthday when she turns five as well 🙂 I love seeing these inside out, totally professional looking!!

    • Jenn AJennuineLife March 10, 2014 at 7:47 PM #

      Yay! Matching golden birthday years! I love it when insides look almost as pretty as the outside, though maybe that’s a geeky sewing thing?

  6. Laura March 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM #

    I’ve never heard of golden birthdays but it was fun to use that for your inspiration. The jeans look fantastic – I love the inside shot. Thanks for joining the tour today.

  7. Ajaire March 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM #

    So cool jenn! I think the denim showing through will look great as they are washed more and more. I’ve been so impressed with the professional look of everyone’s jeans!

  8. thingsforboys March 11, 2014 at 1:49 AM #

    The gold is awesome! Great job!

  9. Olga Becker @ Kid Approved March 11, 2014 at 2:25 AM #

    Love these. The fabric is awesome!

  10. Lauren March 11, 2014 at 3:06 AM #

    These are incredible inside and out!

  11. Jenya @ While she was sleeping March 11, 2014 at 10:03 AM #

    Very fitting for a golden B’Day 🙂

  12. Suz March 11, 2014 at 12:13 PM #

    Gorgeous Jenn…I just commented but it disappeared…great jeans!

  13. Celina March 11, 2014 at 11:48 PM #

    very awesome! LOVE these.

  14. Mie Brindle March 15, 2014 at 7:42 PM #

    Better late than never….I love your gold jeans….and combined with the stripes inside….YEAH!

  15. Catherine March 30, 2014 at 5:26 PM #

    As much as I really love the jeans. So great! I really would like to know if you made the shirt and what pattern it is? I’ve scoured the internet. thank you thank you.


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