Lesson 5—Construction

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DESIGNED BY ALICIA WELCHER, Assistant Editor, Classic Sewing Magazine

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Welcome to Week 5 of our Sew-Along! This is the last lesson of the sew-along, and we will complete construction on the Capri Pants and the A-Line Skirt. Thank you for joining us these past few weeks; we’ve had a wonderful time sewing this project with you all!


The Sleeveless Top is complete.


Crotch and Inseam

1. Place the two pant legs right sides together and sew the center front and center back seams (fig. 1). Finish the seams by serger or zigzag.

2. With right sides together, sew the inner leg seam from the edge of one band to the other. (fig. 2). Finish the seam by serger or zigzag.

Casing and Elastic

1. Clean finish the raw edge at the top of the pants by serger or zigzag.

2. Fold the top edge of the pants 1″ to the wrong side and press.

3. Topstitch approximately 18” from the top fold (optional).

4. To form a casing, sew 78” down from the top fold, leaving approximately 3/4″ open to insert the elastic (fig. 3).

5. Cut a piece of 3/4″ wide elastic to the child’s waist measurement plus 1″ or to the measurements below:

Size 4: 21-1/2″

Size 6: 22-1/2″

Size 8: 24″

Size 10: 25″

6. Using a safety pin, insert the elastic into the casing.

7. Overlap the ends of the elastic by 1/2″ and stitch using a zigzag (fig. 4).

8. Evenly distribute the elastic in the casing by stretching the waist. Stitch the elastic to the casing at the side seams (fig. 5).

9. To “mark” the back for ease in dressing, fold a 2″ piece of ribbon in half and insert the raw ends into the opening.

10. Sew the opening closed by hand or machine, catching the ribbon in the seam (fig. 6).


Follow steps 2 through 10 under Casing and Elastic for the Capri Pants

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