I always buy cotton lycra from Seattle Fabrics.
The crop pants I’ve seen around are so comfortable looking so I decided to mix it up a little and make myself a pair like some Lands End sport capri pants and set off to modify KS3115.
I retraced the pattern and adjusted the inseam length to 17″ but no other changes initially. Then I basted the legs and thought they were too wide at the knee. So, I decided to thin the leg by removing 2” from the outside leg seam (1 inch from each piece) and 1.5” from the inside leg seam (3/4 inch from each piece). This was accomplished by tapering from zero at the widest point of my upper thigh, down to the full amount at the hem. Then I transferred the adjustments to the traced pattern so the next pair will be fast to cut out and sew.
I used wooly nylon in the upper looper and clear elastic in the crotch seam.
I also added an outside leg slit for comfort.
Thank you for posting the amount you cut off at the lower leg knee area. I have made a couple pair of these pants and wanted them narrower thru the knee area.. I took off some but not as much as you. I love these pants too….. You said you’ve made the tops.. how do they go together??
karlynn -the top with the shelf bra is my favorite. I just made one with adjustable straps and I’ll review it. The v neck top is super easy to put together but the other one is my fav 🙂
Did you find the cotton lycra easy to work with? I tried sewing with the swimsuit lycra and had some difficulty. Do you know how they compare?
Dee Leuthe -swimsuit lycra is thinner and slippery and has a different fiber content. The cotton lycra I used here is substantial and beefy, perfect for workout attire, and not slippery at all. HTH