Playdate Outfit Sew Along: Day 5 – Capris/Shorts

If you’ve made it this far, I want to say thank you for staying with me.  I’ve had a lot of fun sewing with you all so far!  And I hope you guys are having fun too.

So now we are moving on to the capris/shorts.  I decided to make the capris for my little lady, so I will be referring to them as such through this post.

First we need to add the cuff to the capris.  Place the cuff on top of the bottom of the pants, right sides together and sew together at the bottom edge.  Do this on all four pant pieces.  Press seams open and then press the right side as well.

If you notice, I marked my back pant pieces with a safety pin so I can easily tell them apart from the front pieces……sometimes it’s really hard to tell.

Next line up a front and back piece, right sides together and sew down the long center curve of the pants.  Press seams open.  I opted to use my serger here because the pants were not lined.  If you don’t have a serger (which I’m sure a lot of you don’t), then just be sure to use your pinking shears to finish the edges to prevent fraying.

Open the pieces you just sewed together.  Line up the front and back pieces with one another, right sides together and sew around the crotch area.  Press seams open.

Now you have what pretty much looks like a pair of pants.  Stitch both side seams, right sides together, but make sure to stop before you sew the cuff as the pattern instructs.

Next, press the cuff to make the seams for the side slits.  Pin in place and stitch according to pattern directions.  I’m not 100% that I did this correctly, but it seemed to work out well.

Above is what the cuff side slits will look like after you have stitched them into place.

Next we need to hem the capris.  Turn the hem up 1/2″ and then another 1/2″ towards the wrong side of the pants and stitch into place.  This is where I love to use my hem gauge – it comes in very handy for this step!

Now we move onto the waist-band.  Stitch the front and back of the waist-band, right sides together, at the side seams.

I don’t know if you recall, but I think the back waist-band piece (H) was labeled incorrectly as front waist-band, so don’t let this confuse you.

Press your waist-band side seams and then press your waist-band in half.

Open your waistband back up and sew your elastic into the back waist-band piece at the side seams.  Make sure to stitch this back and forth several times so it is nice and secure.  Again, this is another spot where I think I did what the instructions called for, but I’m not 100% sure.

Once you’ve sewn in the elastic at the side seams fold the waist-band back in half.  Place the raw edge of the waist-band in line with the raw edge of the top of the capris.  Stitch into place and press seams open.  I found this to be slightly tricky with the elastic already sewn in, but just work with it and it will turn out just right.

Here is what your waist-band will look like once you have pressed your seams.  It will be nice and flat on the front and gathered with elastic on the back.  A flat front pant gives a really nice look on a little girl because it reduces any of the bulk in the front that elastic might cause.

So, that’s it!!  We’re done.  If you have your own labels, now would be a good time to sew one into your garment!  And now it’s time to try your outfit on your little lady and be proud of all your hard work.  There is nothing better than having my girls LOVE one of the outfits I’ve made for them.  It makes all the time (and sometimes frustration) well worth it!
So here’s my completed outfit for Miss Savannah Rose.  I added a woven trim at the bottom of the top just to add a little interest.
Thank you guys SO much for joining me on this sewing journey.  I hope you had fun and maybe learned a little something along the way.  I know, I did!
And don’t forget, click HERE to add your pictures to The Cottage Home Flickr Pool to enter The Cottage Home “Sew Along” contest.  Next week I will reveal the finalists and then the readers will get to vote on their favorite look.  The prize is a $50 gift certificate to Fairytale Frocks and Lollipops to use on anything in the shop – who wouldn’t want that, right?

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  1. Ooh, I like the way you did the waist band. I make similar pants with a ruffle at the bottom, but I like your waistband better! Lovely outfit.

  2. All done and added to Flickr. I LOVE the way the flat waistband looks!

  3. Thanks for this tutorial, I would love to make clothes for my little girl but have no clue where to start lol
    ps I have left something for you on my blog

  4. Whew! Finally done. I think I got my sewing mojo back. This was a great pattern and, as always, your tutorial is excellent. Just need to take and post some photos.

  5. Nancy E in MN says

    The top turned out great and I just updated a photo of my sweet 6-year old to Flickr. (Bummer – I couldn’t figure out how to rotate the photo.) I’m also bummed because I didn’t get the capris sew before traveling out of town to visit relatives. Can’t wait to get the whole outfit done – it’s super cute!

  6. I finished friday but was out of town over the weekend, I’ve never used flickr before so I hope I added my entry correctly today and that I’m not to late.
    Thanks for hosting the sewalong!

  7. Where can I get a pattern for this outfit? Please respond by email. thank you.