Time to Sew: About 6 hours or so.
Sewing Ease (scale 1 easy to 10 difficult):
Not difficult at all. I'd give it about a 5 since itt involves alot of topstitching---Since my other sewing machine was down I had to keep switching between my stitching and topstitching threads.
Slim 3/4 length jeans.
I cut and sewed the size 14
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?
I liked the simple style of the pattern. It's very well drafted and it's very fitted which is how I like my capris.
(Back views---I created my pocket design and sewed it on my machine)
Dark Indigo Denim with some stretch that I've had in my stash for a while.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
-Warning---the front crotch depth is long. You can tell from the pattern envelope model pics. I removed a little over 1" of depth but it still was a bit long.
-I omitted the pocket flaps and belt loops.
-Created a design on the pattern
-Didn't do the side seam topstitching. I was nervous the white topstiching on the dark indigo would be too much.
-Cut the front pockets down in size and made them mock. The pockets extended to the fly front and were just too big for my taste.
-Added 2 darts to the yoke---removing 6/8 in. each.
-Had slight gaposis in the waistband so I removed it by adding dart to back waistband seam.
-I cuffed the hem.
What would you do differently next time?:
-Add a bit more ease. I overestimated my denim's stretch and made my jeans a bit tight thinking they'd relax a bit. They do but it just takes a bit of stretching. Next time I'll add just a little more ease.
-I'd wash my denim with a can of coke as I hear is recommended to really get the denim fibers to soften up and relax.
-I'd also reduce the crotch length a bit more since there was some wrinkling.
(a little wrinkling in the crotch due to long crotch length)
( even after removing 1" crotch depth, it was still a little long for me)
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This is a great pattern! I definitely recommend it!
They're denim capris---they practically go with everything.
I love my capris!!! I practically live in them during the Summer and I'm delighted that I can make my own. I plan to make them in a rainbow of colors!!!!