Baggy Capris – Simply Sewn Book


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. P1000631

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?


About Caroline

I am a sewing/dressmaking/travel enthusiast and blogger who loves modern Japanese style and vintage inspired style. I also like to travel/visit places of interest, countryside walks and photography.
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2 Responses to Baggy Capris – Simply Sewn Book

  1. Melissa says:

    Cute capris! I have tried different fabrics for things and it’s always a surprise how different a pattern will work in one fabric over another. I want to try out more pants this year as I haven’t found a pair that I am absolutely in love with.


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