Today I am sporting new capri trousers, and a pair of new ballet flats! This may not seem a particularly momentous thing to announce, but aack-choolly... I am recklessly smashing through two new-to-me fashion ceilings in one fell swoop!
I used to worry that I was too tall and not cute enough for the capris/ballet flats look. But y'know what? I'm kinda newly loving this look quite a lot lately...
My capris are made using Vogue 1115, and the fabric is a pale sand-coloured stretch sateen remnant from the Alannah Hill fabric outlet in Melbourne, bought during a visit two years ago.... hmmm, high time it was made into something, non? Well, I think this fabric was just waiting for this very pattern, like Cinderella waiting for Prince Charming. Or was it that she was waiting for the glass slipper? Hmmm, not sure the analogy is holding itself together there... anyhow, the remnant happened to be exactly the right size to just perfectly fit the pattern pieces. And they all lived happily ever after ;)
I love the top stitching details, with the little bar tacks.
I chose this Chado Ralph Rucci pattern partly because it is rated Advanced/Plus Difficile, and I just love trying out challenging patterns. However, a seamster of only a few years experience should not be put off by the Advanced rating; it only takes one quick scan of the pattern sheet to realise that this only applies to the matching top .... the pants could hardly be simpler! Particularly if one chooses to leave off the full lining. I live in Australia. It gets hot here. One chooses. :)
The only other change I made was to cut the legs pieces longer, to enable me to fold up a deeper hem and so therefore to sew the side seam slits to be longer. I really like the look of the hem slits, I think they are really cute and I wanted them to stand out!
I might be a teeny bit disappointed that the pattern posed no challenges, but I am not disappointed with my new capris. According to the fashion mags, trousers this season are falling neatly into two distinctive silhouettes; either over-long and flared 70's style (tick!) or with higher hemlines to expose a slim ankle a la Audrey Hepburn. Tick! And a nice thing about capris is that the higher hemline beautifully showcases the shoes. Like these lovely colourful little ballet flats from Misano.
These are soooo ultra cute, yes!?
Capris; Vogue 1115 with the lining left off; sand-coloured stretch sateen
Shirt; my own design, made from an old pair of white linen pants, details here
Scarf; knotted strips of jersey, first shown here
Shoes; a gift from Misano
Following is my review of the pattern, if you're interested :)
Lined, tapered above ankle-length pants, have seam details, side slits, zipper and back yoke.
American sizes 6-12; mine are a size 10
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you had finished sewing it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
There is nothing not to like! I love absolutely everything about these pants… I really like the curved seamlines down each leg, and the double topstitching detail with a little bar tack. I adore the hemline side seam slits. Subtle, classy and cute!
One of the reasons I chose the pattern is because it is an advanced/plus difficile pattern, and I love challenging patterns. However that rating must only apply to the matching top, because the pants are super easy!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I left off the lining because the climate I live in is not conducive to lined pants!
I cut the trouser legs a little longer so I could fold a deeper hem and therefore sew the side slits to be longer, because I really liked this feature and wanted them to stand out more.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Without a doubt; and highly! I am looking forward to sewing up the top sometime too.
A very nice pattern; easy, with classic lines and a very current silhouette. I am very happy with my new capris. Seriously, I cannot believe now it has taken me this long to hop onto to the capri bandwagon…