Flared Olli pants hack

August 17, 2019

It took me a while, but at the moment, I'm a bit obsessed with flared pants. Especially on my 2 year old toddler - it looks so darn cute on mini humans! I was toying with the idea to hack our free Olli shorts & pants into a flared version for quite some time. And now with all the beautiful summery cotton-linen-gauze fabrics around, I just had to give it a go! Well, I for one LOVE how it turned out - I'm envisioning many more flared Olli's in cute all-over printed fabrics in the future! So I figured it's about time that I share this surprisingly easy Flared Olli Pants hack!

 

 

STEP ONE

Download and print the Olli Shorts & Pants pattern. You can find the code to download the pattern for free in the pinned post in our Facebook group. The pattern is in layers so you only have to print the size you need. Because of the relaxed fit of the Olli, it's very important to go by your child's measurements, with the hip measurement being the most important! For my toddler Fio, I went with a size 86 in width and 92 in length. When in between sizes, size down. The main pattern pieces you need to adjust to create a flared leg are pattern pieces 1B Front leg, 2B Side leg, 3B Back leg, 4B Inside leg (and optionally 5B Pocket).


 

STEP TWO

To create a flared leg, we're going to slim the leg down around the knee and add width to the bottom of the leg. So first you need to determine the knee height of your child measured from the waist down. If you don't have your child present, I've created an adjustment recommendation chart, based on standard measurements and the adjustments I made to my own version of the flared Olli pants. But I do recommend to use the actual measurements of your child!

 

 

STEP 3

Start by drawing the knee line by measuring down from the waist on your side leg pattern piece first. Also draw the knee line on the other 3 leg pattern pieces. 

 

 


 STEP 4

To determine the amount you like to take away from the knee point and add to the bottom leg, you need to take and calculate a few measurements. First, measure the total knee width and bottom width of all 4 Olli leg pattern pieces, keep the 1cm seam allowance on all sides in mind (that's 8cm in total)! 
Also measure your child around the knee and foot to determine the knee width and flared leg width of your preference. Compare and subtract these measurements.

As an example, here are the measurements I used:
Total knee width in size 86 = 30cm
Desired knee width = 26 cm
Difference = 4cm 
4cm divided by 8 sides = - 0,5cm at all 8 sides at the knee

Total bottom width in size 86 = 26cm
Desired knee width = 34 cm
Difference = 8cm 
8cm divided by 8 sides = +1cm at all 8 sides at the bottom
Alternatively, you can use the measurements in the recommendation chart above!

 


Mark all the measurements you need to take away/add to all 4 leg pattern pieces.

 

 

STEP 5 

Now you're ready to draw in your new seam lines! Follow the original seam lines and gradually draft towards the new knee width and bottom width. Make sure all the lines are smooth and slightly rounded. Also make sure to add all notches to your adapted pattern. The red line is the your new and adapted pattern.

 

 


POCKET
When using the side pocket, make sure to adapt the pocket pattern piece to your adapted side leg pattern piece.

 

And that's it! Now that you've adapted your pattern, you can continue sewing your Flared Olli Pants by following the sewing tutorial. Can you imagine how cute this would look in a rib cord for fall? Don't forget to share your makes on social media or join the FREEkin' Sewing Challenge with your own version of the Flared Olli Pants!

XO, Elles

 




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Size Charts

KIDS SIZE CHART

Body measurements cm

Body measurements inch

Size

Age

Chest

Waist

Hip

Height

Chest

Waist

Hip

Height

80

9-12M

50

48

52

80

19,5

19

20,5

31,5

86

12-18M

52

50

54

86

20,5

19,5

21,25

33,75

92

18-24M

54

51

55

92

21,25

20

21,5

36,25

98

2-3Y

55

52

57

98

21,75

20,5

22,5

38,5

104

3-4Y

56,5

53,5

59

104

22,25

21

23,25

41

110

4-5Y

58

55

61

110

22,75

21,5

24

43,25

116

5-6Y

60

57

64

116

23,5

22,5

25,25

45,5

122

6-7Y

62,5

58,5

67

122

24,5

23

26,5

48

128

7-8Y

65

60

70

128

25,5

23,5

27,5

50,5

134

8-9Y

67,5

61,5

73

134

26,5

24,25

28,75

52,75

140

9-10Y

70

63

76

140

27,5

24,75

30

55

146

10-11Y

73

64

79

146

28,75

25,25

31

57,5

152

11-12Y

76

66

82

152

30

26

32,25

59,75

158

12-13Y

79

68

85

158

31

26,75

33,5

62,25

164

13-14Y

82

70

88

164

32,25

27,5

34,75

64,5

LADIES SIZE CHART

Body measurements cm

Body measurements inch

Size

High Bust

Bust

Waist

Hip

Height

High Bust

Bust

Waist

Hip

Height

AA

75

80

64

88

166

29,5

31,5

25,2

34,6

5 feet 5,5"

BB

79

84

68

92

167

31

33

26,8

36,2

5 feet 5,75"

CC

83

88

72

96

168

32,6

34,6

28,3

37,8

5 feet 6"

DD

87

92

76

100

169

34,2

36,2

29,9

39,4

5 feet 6,5"

EE

91

96

80

104

170

35,8

37,8

31,5

40,9

5 feet 7"

FF

95

100

84

108

171

37,4

39,4

33,1

42,5

5 feet 7,5"

GG

101

106

89

113

172

39,7

41,7

35

44,5

5 feet 8"

HH

107

112

94

118

172

42,1

44,1

37

46,5

5 feet 8"

II

113

118

99

123

172

44,5

46,5

39

48,4

5 feet 8"

JJ

119

124

104

128

172

46,8

48,8

40,9

50,4

5 feet 8"