Something else I learned was that when cutting the markings in the pattern that look like carrots or sideways v's are meant to be cut outward not inward. I just followed the pattern instructions and pinned a lot. First a front and a back got lined up, pinned, and sewn - you are sewing each leg inseam together.
If you start sewing and it looks like this immediately call a handy sewing guru (aka Mom) and explain the issue - it's most likely user error. I hadn't put the bobbin thread through the bobbin case completely correctly... whoops! So much to remember.
Then you do it over the right way.
Then you sew the front to the front and the back to the back by sewing the crotch area up toward the waist if that makes sense.
Then realize that a step was left out of the instructions as they go from step 9 straight to step 11... hmm. Good thing it was easy enough to figure out they never said to sew the outside leg seams so do that. Phew, no need to panic.
So right now they look just like capris (inside out of course) except for doing the waistband and hemming
Sew around the waist, top stitch and bottom while leaving an opening to insert the elastic. I was a little intimidated by doing elastic but it wasn't bad at all.
|top and bottom stitch waist|
Feed it through the opening you left and around the whole waistband with a safety pin and then stitch the elastic ends together a couple of times for reinforcement and sew up the opening.
And hemming... the ironing part of that was my least favorite. Perhaps because I was trying to be a perfectionist about it that it took longer.
I added a little square of heat transfer vinyl so it would be easy to tell the back from the front. It's not a cute tag but hey it works.
TA-DA! A cute pair of capris for an adorable almost 4 yr old. I love the butterfly fabric I got at hoblob on sale :) I think she will love running around in these in the spring and summer.
Sadly, I don't have a picture of her in them as I am mailing them but perhaps I can snap one next time we see her. Someone as cute as this is going to make anything look good, right?!
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