|Pattern Description: |
Side-zip capri pants with leg vents and interesting front pockets.
134-170 cm. I made size 140, slimmed to 128.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The pants are a good basic with a nice shape to them. The interesting pockets are also fun.
I don't love side zips in girl's pants, but a front fly would ruin the look in this case.
This pattern is also offered in a smaller size range. When I made that pattern previously, I found that the back rise was way too low, so I adjusted it using a "prominent seat alteration", i.e. a wedge shape. I figured these pants would be based on the same draft, so I automatically altered these the same way. It's a good thing, since the back fits really well.
Since you attach the waistband before doing the zip, one side seam is already sewn, making width adjustments difficult. I should have done a fitting before adding the waistband. Since my dd's waist is proportionally small, I added elastic in the back waistband.
The pants are darted in the back, so with some pre-planning (which I didn't do!) a very good fit waist fit would be easy.
The unique pockets are cute, but the opening is so small and narrow I don't think my dd will be able to get her hands in. In a future pair, I would enlarge the opening. The pocket facing is large enough to allow this without altering the piece.
The side leg vents are a nice feature.
A super lightweight non-twill stretchy, crinkly fabric. Maybe a poplin?
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. Doubled the height of the waistband. I'm not a huge fan of the super skinny waistbands. The drawback to this, is that I should really dart it (or dart the paper pattern piece to create a shaped waistband), because it tends to stand out a little.
2. Used a lapped zip instead of an invisible.
3. Added elastic in the back waistband.
4. Added to the back rise (by adding a wedge shape, tapering to nothing at the side seam). I can't remember what I added - 1 or 2 cm.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, my daughter really likes these and was eager to wear them. They fit well, and I can see them being a good basic.