Capitola Pants #319: Now a Re-Issued Download!

Sun, Apr 23 2017 05:46

 Based on a great-fitting European cut, this relaxed, crop pant with several variations for an elastic waist has comfort written all over it! A multi-sized pattern, The Capitola Pant Pattern is available in a down-load or  paper version. With easy color coded sizing, the pattern includes  3 hem options and more ideas for expressing your own design direction. View A has angled flaps inserted into short seams that taper to the hemline. View B has a soft pleat in the leg with a hem band detail. The View C pant leg is tapering with ties and tucks. 
The pattern instructions are formatted in a comb bound, 8 1/2"x11" booklet for easy use.

Your Fabric Combo-

If Capitola Pants are part of your spring and summer sewing, they are great in a wide variety of fabrics. As a lightweight layer in rayons and drapey silks or in firmer fabrics such as linens, denims or spandex blends, the hem details are the place for trims, buttons or other accents. Create a more unique look by piecing fabrics first, then cutting your pants out.  

Recycled denim collaged together for unique pant legs and hem in progress-

So what does it take to get a comfortable pair of pants? 

Knowing your EASE numbers can make a real difference. To get that, measure your favorite pants, across the stomach:____ hips:______  the lengths:______ and ankle circumference:____ Your measurements can easily be compared across the pant pattern piece as you adjust for a drapey pair, a more fitted pair in a spandex blend or a crinkled taffeta version.  The Capitola Pattern contains all the prep info. for using these measurements and getting a comfortable fit.  *I make a sketch and add my garment measurements each time I make a pair. Noting the type of fabric used and the how fitted or loose they are makes it fast & easy to create future pairs.

Construction tips are included in the pattern, things like directional sewing and adjusting the fullness around the waist in the finishing stages will make for a more successful  garment.
Working flat, on this one pattern piece, makes it easy to see your design come together as you add pockets, tucks, hand stitching and hem treatments before sewing the pants together. 
What's next for you? A pieced, hem detailing or a pleated, stenciled pair(Crickets n'Leaves stencil)? Ties can be skinny strings, elastic or fabric cords-

Design Play

  One of my favorite parts of sewing, is how to make it more personal. Design ideas and ways to play are included in the pattern. JoAnn Manzone, indigo-dyed the shawl above and added pockets and some hand-stitching to her striped pair at the top of the blog. Remember, a sewing project is a canvas for your favorite fabrics and  detailing. Time to start playing now and share your Capitola Pant designs with us in our Facebook albums.
                                                                                                                     Enjoy the process!!  Diane

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