This year, the Oxford Ren Fest snuck up on me. Every year the Oxford Ren Fest sneaks up on me. But this year, it snuck up and my three year old had outgrown his costume!
I whipped up a ten-minute tricorn and a t-shirt tunic. With the top half of him out of the way, I decided to take a little extra time to try something new for his pants. I wondered how easy it would be to make cuffed medieval pants like these. I’ve had it in mind for a while that a pair of pants about a size too large might be a good upcycle base for the project. So I whipped up a quick pair of cotton pants a size bigger than Elliot, and I’ll show you what I did from there…
1 pair of pants, roughly a size larger than you need (The main concern is that they need to be about an inch longer than fits. If the width is also more than necessary, that’s a bonus!)
1 pack of small eyelets
leather string for the laced cuffs (or if you’re a cheater like me, black or brown elastic cord)
Step 1: Chop up your starter pants.
Cut the pants off about an inch below knee length. Cut a vertical strip of fabric out of the bottom halves of the pants along one of the seams, to make them narrower fitting. Save the scraps for step 2.
Step 2: Use your scraps.
Take the tall narrow fabric scraps you just cut away and stitch rip them along the seams to create four even narrower strips. Zigzag the rough edges to stop them from fraying, then press them in to create clean edges and stitch.
Lay two vertical panels on top of each, parallel to one another and on opposite sides of the remaining closed seam. Pin them down and stitch into place along the edge closest to the seam. Then press right side out and add eyelets.
Step 4: Connect bottoms and tops.
Use a basting stitch or a broad hand stitch to gather the bottom edges of the legs of your shorts. Close each of the pant bottoms back up along the open seam, and then pin them to the gathered shorts bottoms, right sides together and eyelet-ed seam to the outside seam. Stitch together and turn right side out. Add leather lace or elastic through the eyelets to finish.
There you have it! Here are my cuffed pants, as modeled by my preschooler. Not bad for a first try.