These Baggy Capris were made from the Japanese sewing book of Simply Sewn: clothes for every season book by Michiyo Ito (the Designer of May Me). Please look at my Bolero Cardigan/Shrug post for this book review.
The book recommends using a cotton fabric but I decided to take a risk and made my capris from a mid-weight denim fabric. It is still too cold for me to wear cotton trousers/pants! I would prefer to wear these capris with the waistband covered.
I like the midi-length of the capris and that they look like streamlined culottes. I love culottes (having made 3 pairs) but its nice to make trousers/pants that have a slight flare rather than a divided skirt.
I made some alterations: the waistband is cut 4″ wide instead of 3″ as I prefer a wider waistband and the width of elastic is 1″. I stitched along the top of the waistband before inserting the elastic which prevents the elastic from rolling. There are back pleated pockets.
Denim gives these capris a smarter and more structured appearance. I would also like to make capris in lighter weight fabrics.
Sometimes it is worth taking a risk and using different fabrics than the ones recommended. You may have a nice surprise! Have you ever done this?