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).
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.
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.
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.
Trim all seams just sewn to approximately 1/8”. (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)
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)
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)
Then flip the cuffs to the right sides. (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)
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.