Sometimes, when I find myself in the town centre I just naturally gravitate to the fabric shops. Even if I didn’t actually intend to go there, I am suddenly inside the fabric store, staring aimlessly at rolls of fabric wondering ‘why did I come in here this time?’
This happened a few weeks ago. I was in one of the local fabric shops, and suddenly this lemon print cotton sateen caught my eye. Of course, I didn’t actually intend to buy it.. but I found I just couldn’t leave it behind either. Immediately I thought it would make a great pair of Capri pants, and what better sewing project to do after the complicated undertaking of my 1914 dress?
I have made Capri’s a few times, so I know how swiftly they can come together. I used a vintage pattern from the 1960s, but altered it slightly. The original pattern fastens with a lapped zipper at the left hand side, but this time I wanted to do a centre front fly zip. I have only sewn a fly zipper once before, so I was prepared to be slightly bamboozled and confused.
The first fly zipper that I had sewn last year was also on a pattern that did not originally fasten with a fly zip, so I had to alter that one too. Remembering how I had altered that pattern, I pretty much repeated the process for these capris.
Once I had the fly zipper in, I then decided that I wanted to add side pockets. These were already part of the original pattern, so I didn’t do any pattern alterations for these. This is actually the first time I had inserted pockets into a garment that I am pleased with the finished result, hurrah!
The remainder of the construction was very straight forward. I used flat fell stitching to finish the outside leg seams, then half-felled seams to finish the inside legs. (Trimming the S/A on one side, folding the opposite side S/A over the trimmed S/A twice to encase the raw edges, then stitching to finish).
I really love these capris, I just feel they are so reminiscent of the bright novelty print Capri pants of the late 1950s! They were definitely a welcome sewing project after the hours spent on my Edwardian dress, these Capris probably only took about a day and a half in total.
- Capris – Made by me, my 3rd Vintage Pledge item
- Cardigan – Gift from a friend years ago. Possibly Laura Ashley?
- Jacket – Original vintage from Scarlet Rage Vintage
- Shoes – Sorbet, c/o Hotter Shoes
- Earrings – Sofia’s Garden
- Scarf – Silk, I have had it for about 12 years.
Bizarrely, when I wore this outfit and took these pictures, I got hollered at in the street about 5 or 6 times. It always surprises me when people seem so affected by a person’s appearance or attire; that they feel they have to express those opinions in a very vocal manner. Luckily, Kieren was with me, so I did not feel as vulnerable as I would have done had I been on my own.
I suffer from anxiety, and in the past it was crippling to the point where I just couldn’t leave the house. My anxiety is much better now, although I still have ‘wobbles’, and feel nervous about leaving the house on my own. It angers me that people can act in hurtful ways towards others, and perhaps have no idea of the impact of their actions.
I’m sure I am not alone in encounters of this kind. But I will not change how I want to dress to fit in with the expectations of complete strangers.
Until next time dears!