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23 Jun 2011

Donning and Doffing Our Sandpiper Capris

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So you followed our tutorial on sewing our Sandpiper Pants and now you are thinking, “How do I put them on my kiddo?”  Here’s a little step-by-step that will have your little one donning and doffing1 these pants with ease.

Step 1: Position the front of the pants (where the buttons are located) at the navel level of your child.  Tie the twill tapes in a bow around the back.

Step 2: Pull the back of pants (where the button holes are located) through the child’s legs to the back.  Straighten the waistband and position center back seam at the center of the child’s back.

Step 3: Pull the tabs with the button holes around towards the child’s front along the waist, fastening them to the buttons on the front.

Step 4: Once the pants are secure at the waist, you can loosely tie the cuffs around the child’s leg.

Step 5: Your child is now ready to romp down the beach!


1 doff (dôf, df)

tr.v. doffed, doff·ing, doffs

1. To take off; remove: doff one’s clothes.

2. To tip or remove (one’s hat) in salutation.

3. To put aside; discard.

20 Jun 2011

A Special Monday Treat (Note: This IS a Big Deal!)

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Photos all courtesy of Katy Dill

We have a special treat for you this Monday morning!  Katy, of NoBigDill fame, has posted her renditions of two of our patterns on her website.  We knew Katy would find interesting twists on our patterns and she hasn’t disappointed!  Be sure to check out her beautiful and fun variations of our Finch and Sandpiper looks, modeled by two of her little girls.  There’s also a special little something from us for those who stop by her site (a giveaway, perhaps?).

Whether she’s reworking a simple idea or tackling something really ambitious (her Avalanche skirt comes to mind), Katy is known for using lots of color, fun trims and great fabrics. What’s more, her sewing skills are equally matched by her skills with a camera.

Did I mention she has small obsession with the color orange??  Need I say more? I didn’t think so.

A big thank you to Katy and her daughters for this little Monday morning pick me up!

05 Jun 2011

Sandpiper Capri Tutorial

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Our Sandpiper Capri is a unique pant design that leaves the side seams open to the breeze. While different from the standard pants patterns you have probably sewn, the Sandpiper Capri is extremely easy, if not easier, to sew.  Once you understand how this pant is assembled, you will find it a quick and rewarding project and your little girl will love dancing in the results.

In this tutorial, I walk you through the basic construction of the pants so that you can follow along with your printed pattern.  To help you with this, I’ve cross-referenced the steps by number from the written instructions.

The Sandpiper Capri basically consists of 4 pattern pieces: Front, Back, Front cuff, and Back cuff.  In this example, I’ve chosen a striped cotton fabric for the main fabric and polka dot print for the lining. To start, I adhered the interfacing to the wrong sides of the lining waistband.  Next, I sewed the Front to Back pieces along the inseam of both the lining and the main fabrics (Step 4A).

Sandpiper Capri: Step 4A


Once the seams are pressed, line up the crotch seams for each side of the pant.  The picture below shows the main fabric being joined at the crotch seam (Step 4B). Repeat for the lining fabric.

Sandpiper Capri: Step 4B


Now the Fronts and Backs of the lining and main fabrics are sewn (at inseam and crotch) and it is time to sew the main and lining pieces together. Before doing so, place the twill tape where you have marked at the tabs of the Front waist (see pattern piece for placement). Sew the twill tape just inside the 1/2″ seam allowance as shown below (Step 5A).  Once the twill tape is secure, I like to pin it to the right side of the fabric away from the seam allowances so that it doesn’t get caught in the seams I plan to sew in the next step.

Sandpiper Capri: Step 5A


With right sides together, sew the lining pieces to the main pieces all around the edges of the garment. (Step 5C)  You see below that I pinned the Back main fabric to the lining fabric starting at the bottom left, continued up the pant leg to the Back waistband, across the waistband, and down the other pant leg.  In the photo, you can also see that I have repeated this pinning on the Front leg pieces.  After pinning in this manner, sew these seams.

Sandpiper Capri: Step 5C

Trim all seams just sewn to approximately 1/8”. (Step 5D)

Sandpiper Capri: Step 5D


Next, reach into one of the pant legs and pull the entire garment right sides out. (Step 5E) You are left with a garment that has no raw edges except where you will attach the cuffs.  Press around all the edges of the garment for a crisp finish and topstitch to secure the main fabric to the lining.

Now, on to the cuffs. Sew the front cuff to the back cuff and press seam allowances open (repeat for both main and lining cuffs). (Step 6A)

Sandpiper Capri: Step 6A

Before attaching the cuffs to the bottom of the pant leg, you should choose whether you want your cuff to match or contrast with the pant leg. Here, I have chosen to contrast the cuffs/pant legs and, therefore, I pinned the polka dot cuffs to the striped pant legs (right sides together)a. (Step 6D)

Sandpiper Capri: Step 6D

Next, I match the striped cuffs to the polka dot cuff (rights sides together) with the end of the pant leg sandwiched in between. It is a bit difficult to see from the photo above that the striped cuff is under the polka dot cuff, but it is.  Now I am ready to sew around the cuffs from one edge of the pant leg to the other, pivoting at the corners of the cuffs, leaving that portion of the cuff that is atop of the pant leg open.

Once sewn, I trim the cuffs all around to approximately 1/4”, leaving a 1/2″ allowance at the opening. (Step 6E)

Sandpiper Capri: Step 6E


Then flip the cuffs to the right sides. (Step 6F)

Sandpiper Capri: Step 6F

When you do this, you’ll be left with a hole at the bottom edge of the cuff where you turned it through. Press, then topstitch around the entire cuff from one edge of the pant leg to the other, making sure to catch the seam allowances to close this hole. (Step 6G)

Sandpiper Capri: Step 6G


The only steps that remain to complete the garment is the addition of buttonholes and buttons at the waist.

There you have it–the Capri pant!  Hopefully these pictures of an actual garment make it clearer to you how to tackle each step. I promise it is super easy and fun! Send us pictures of your finished Sandpiper Capri pants… we’d love to add them to our project gallery to inspire others.

Happy Sewing!

15 Apr 2011

A Sandpiper Summer Holiday

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This outfit just seems to scream “Summer!”  The Sandpiper Capri and Top are both easy and breezy, and, let me just add, completely reversible!  When I was a little girl, the fact that something was reversible put it at the top of my favorites list.  I bet I wasn’t the only one, was I??  Even if you don’t make the garments reversible, lining each with a fun fabric allows for a small flash of color to peak through from the inside.

The Capri pants are open at the sides and have cuffs that tie just below the knee. The Top is a pinafore style with buttons at each shoulder.  We think both designs are perfect for brushing away sand and for letting in summer breezes.  Both are lined and sewn together in a way that requires no seam finishing or hemming!

We have shown the Capri pants here made in a mid-weight poplin that is a rich taupe color.  The inside is a great pink/white/mauve plaid that is a smooth shirting fabric.  The plaid can be used for the Sandpiper Top as well as any other shirts or dresses you may be sewing up for summer for yourself or your little girl.  We have also shown the Top with Alexander Henry’s Larkspur Bloom cotton lawn.  Bloom is from the same collection as the Larkspur Meadow fabric that we’ll also be selling in the shop, as featured with our Wren Dress a few weeks ago.

As the name suggests, we think these make for a great beach-comber outfit.  While there may still be a little chill in the April air where you are, to get you in the spirit, may I suggest a DVD on how to make the perfect sandcastle?  Do you have the patience for something like this??

Source: Sandcastle Equipment and DVD How To