Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Capri trousers NEWLOOK 6217

I love using this pattern: Newlook 6217; I know it fits. It is easy to make changes in style. The invisible side zip means they are great for wearing with T-shirts and tunics. They are really easy to whip up in an evening. You can make them in various fabric weights. What's not to love?

This fabric has had many a tissue pattern piece laid out on it only to be folded up again and put back in the cupboard. It is a Robert Kaufman cotton. I bought it from Craftsy in a sale as a skirt kit about four years ago. In the end I decided the pattern wasn't for me, passed the pattern on, and kept the fabric. 



But every time I tried to use it, there was not enough fabric. That said, there wasn't really enough for these unless I made them capri style which worked out fine for this warm Summer. I thought that these trousers would be good for work, rest or play. I don't normally wear black in Summer but I went for it.




When I had my final 'in progress' try on, I had the annoying gape at the back that I always have but I needed this spare fabric when I sat down so I unpicked a bit of the stay tape facing. Into the back I inserted a piece of wide elastic to take in the slack when standing. It worked really well when I wore them.



I want another pair of patterned trousers now with a longer leg length in a heavier fabric for Autumn. Ooh the wish list keeps growing :)



I have made everything on this pattern except the cardigan (not my thing)and it has always been a complete success.



Do you have this pattern? What do you think of it?

6 comments:

  1. These look amazing! I love that style of trouser, as you said they are perfect for summer. That fabric is perfect too, I’m glad it found the right pattern in the end.

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  2. I've made the top several times but ignored the pants. Your cute version makes me want to try it!

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  3. They look great Jo. I'm just waiting for sime fabric to arrive! Yikes! I've not done any proper sewing for yrs. I did soft furnishings at school and in the home for curtains and quilted table mats, repairs etc but not clothes.
    I'm starting with a nightdress x 2. Nothing fancy, just a basic style in 2 colours. I can never find nice plain nightdresses I like. It's McCall's M2476 pattern. I ordered from myfabrics online but following the link with your previous post - dress with Minerva
    (which also looks great - loved the colour, pattern) I much prefer that site. All the info is clearly displayed without clicking to see what it's ideal for eg dresses etc.
    A question for you - do you trace out the pattern first - or do you use the pattern straight? I watched a lady on youtube who does that and I'd never thought about that before.
    The pattern says it takes 2 hrs but I'm really not expecting to be that quick. Maybe that's the best way though. I remember at school any dressmaking took weeks and weeks to finish. Cathy x

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    1. Hi Cathy, I nearly always cut a pattern straight out but a lady at my sewing class always traces them (she has lost 4 stone over 2 years so it was a good job!) I used to trace them but now that I have been making my clothes regularly for so long I know what kind of adjustments to make, what size to cut and where to grade out to the next size or curve back in. Minerva is a great family UK based company to support. Jo x

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  4. They look fab! I don't have this pattern but I have looked at it a few times. Thank you for the recommendation. x

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  5. Very clever use of the elastic! Your process notes continue to help me appreciate the detail work needed for a good fit. My daughter bought me two tailored pairs of dress slacks for Mother's day and I am in awe of their construction...so many fitting darts and such that seemed to make them be made just for me. She got both on clearance for the miraculous price of$14.00!!

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