This pattern, Butterick 5044 was in the pattern stash for the last year or two. It was the best of what I could find, although personally I'd like a more fitted pair of capri pants. However my daughter liked the style.
A toile proved that her measurements do not accurately match the pattern recommendations. She was sized for a large, but that just seemed too huge. I held the pattern up to her and she was close to either a medium or small. I opted for the medium and the result was huge. Actually, this was the actual lavender linen that I had sewn. I was so certain that the medium would be perfect, but it wasn't. I dug out some toile fabric, cut the pattern down to a small (which was quite easy to do because of how the pattern lines were laid out), and made a small pair of capris for her. Perfect fit!
Honestly...I should have made the toile to begin with. After all I want to improve my sewing skills and become more of a couture seamstress. The hallmark of couture sewing is to make a toile. I am reformed. So anyway, I ripped out the medium lavender capris, relaid the smaller pattern (which was easy to do because of the cut of the pattern), and cut out a small. The only problem is that if I had made the toile to begin with, I would have had more lavender linen to make other projects with. But not to fear! I have enough to make a new skirt and shorts! So stay tuned for those!
Anyway here are close-ups of a bit of couture work. Couture houses now provide machine sewing for inside seams to lessen the expense for clients. After all time is money. Works for me! Here is some of my machine sewn work. This is the crotch seam, for which I used my special triple stitch setting on my Pfaff Expression 2.0. Then I finished off the seams with a zig-zag stitch. Couture work does finish off seams.
|Triple Stitch Setting with the Pfaff|
Handsewn eyelets, a couture technique, are so easy to do, while keeping me in practice for my 18th century sewing.
|Hand sewn eyelets|
I inserted lavender grosgrain ribbon into the casing. Then I had my daughter try them on so I could fit the length of ribbon properly and get her approval. The ends of the ribbon will be finished off with fray check.
She's quite happy with them! She's wearing her cotton blouse, Butterick 6175 with the capris.
There was enough fabric to also sew shorts! I used the same pattern. In fact, this pattern is just that...one pattern. There is no seam on the outside leg. There is no attached waistband. It's super easy and quick to put together. I whipped them up yesterday afternoon.
I put my pfaff to work with various stitches whenever I sew pants. I use stitch 1 for a regular stitch for all the seams. Then stitch 3 for the triple stitch function when I sew the crotch. Finally stitch 5 to zig zag the edges.
These have an elastic waistband, which is my daughter's favorite.
They'll look cute. No photo of her wearing them yet, though. I'll add one later.