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Guest Sewist: Jessica (instagram.com/sew.happy.to.sew.for.u)
I’m Jessica and today I’ve got a super cute modification to the Port Orchard Paperbag Pants Capri and Shorts length.
My middle little has the Capri version on. As you can see the Warren Ave. Crop top is absolutely adorable with it!
This mod came from a vision of ruffles and bows as soon as I saw the Paperbag Pants. I guess you can blame it on my day job. Staying home with 3 little girls you start to see ruffles, bows and sparkles everywhere!
If you don’t already have the pattern you can cruise on over to them via my affiliate link and pick it up.
While you’re there you might as well get the Warren Ave Crop Top too because I mean look how cute!
Now go grab that kiddo and let’s get to measuring.
Follow the instructions for the Port Orchard Paperbag Pants for sizing, printing and cutting the pattern pieces.
Now we are going to make a casing for our elastic on our pants leg.
Casing will be the width of the pants leg by 2 inches tall. So, mine was 20.5 x 2in
I used minky dot on these and ribbon on the shorts version she is sporting, but you could easily use velvet, satin, or any kind of matching material.
¼ inch hem
Measure 2 inches up from hem on pants leg and draw line across
Place bottom of casing on line and pin
Sew edge stitch across bottom and top but LEAVE ENDS OPEN
Measure half of the width of your pants leg +2 to get the length of your elastic. So, mine was 10.25 +2 = 12.25 inches
Using safety pin or other device to thread elastic through casing DON’T PULL ALL THROUGH
Sew the end in place so it won’t pull through completely then continue to thread rest of way
Pull elastic ¼ way out the other side and sew in place
Continue sewing following the instructions
Make a bow
Use your favorite bow making technique.
Lay your capri pants/shorts flat on the table to find the center side of the leg
Place your bow where desired/pin/sew on.
Now stand back and admire the beautiful work of art you just did. It’s so pretty! I can’t wait to see all your beautiful modifications! Don’t forget to share them in the Rain City Facebook group and you can see what else I am sewing up over on my Instagram sew.happy.to.sew.for.u !