I was pretty bummed that the previous pair of capris came out too small.  I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was down on myself the whole night.  But today is a new day, so attempt number two began!

I stuck with Butterick, since they had a sale on their patterns at Hancock, B5655 was the pattern, for 1.99. Can’t beat that.  And their Fast and Easy series are extremely quick to work up.  This pattern has only two pieces, no pockets.  I cut out the pattern pieces, ironed them, pinned them to the fabric, cut out along the lines, sewed according to directions and viola! Two hours later I’m wearing my homemade pants!  Yes! These fit!  I have to say that I did go up to a 24, as I was a little afraid the 22 would still be too small.  So…I have to say so far Butterick tends to run small, or smaller than the sizes I’ve been getting at the stores.  I can wear a size 16 dress from Dress Barn without issue.  Which is of course my main complaint about sizes not being consistent.

I didn’t take as many pictures because I figured you can only stomach so many shots of my serger sewing a seam.  And since I’m strictly avoiding a step by step tutorial for obvious legal reasons, I only took a couple key shots.

So that’s about it.  I’m going to head back to Hancock this weekend and buy some other brands plus sized patterns.  I think this could be quite the undertaking trying to figure out which brands run big and which run small. Surprised no one has documented this.  I also plan to take apart some of my pants or shorts that fit and make my own pattern.  I would like to see how well that goes.

Ok, I’ll sign off now. It’s past my bedtime!


ETA: Wearing my pants to work today! LOVE THEM!

Also – after wearing them all day, I have a couple of notes. 1) the waist is way too big. The pattern assumes I have a lot more of a stomach than I have, so there’s a lot of excess fabric in the front.  I felt like I had maternity pants on for most of the day. 2) the waist is too high compared to “the style” these days.  It came up to my belly button, but if I pushed them down the crotch came to my knees. In the end I rolled the elastic down.  3) While I was bold in my choice of summery fabrics, it was not a normal choice for me. I felt uncomfortable all day. Normally I pick black, brown, or khaki. So this was a summery diversion, but I don’t know that it’s really “me.”  My friend Sheri insists I need to add more color to my wardrobe, so at least I’m trying!

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