Kipper Capri Pants

on July 23 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 2 Comments

Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House has done it again with another super-cute pattern for you to sew up and enjoy. Her Kipper Capris are available in size 4 today (with more sizes on the way). You can make a stack for school in the fall (they take 30 minutes to sew!) or use the pattern for some sweet new pajama pants. Remember Hayley’s Swimsuit Coverup, Spring Bird Embroidery and Butterfly Wall Art? Have you made Hayley’s Sydney Pinafore? (Wouldn’t the pinafore be fun layered over a long-sleeve tee for fall, with some Kipper Capris in the mix?)

Learn more about Hayley’s work in her introduction, and visit her blog, Facebook page and Etsy shop too!

Well, hello again! My name is Hayley and I blog over at Welcome to the Mouse House. I am so excited to be here today with a FREE pattern for a pair of awesomely cute (and easy) capris! My 3.5 year old daughter named them The Kipper Capris.

Look at the sweet scalloped cuff!

As of right now, I only have the pattern ready for a size 4, but I promise to add more sizes soon!

Supplies Needed for a Size 4:

  • A little less than 1 yard of main fabric
  • Approximately 1/4 yard for cuffs
  • 2 buttons
  • 1 inch elastic cut to 20.5 inches (measure your own child for accuracy)
  • Fabric marker
  • Pattern pieces found HERE

(Please read the instructions below for piecing the pattern together.)

How to Print + Tape Your Pattern Pieces
Download and print your Size 4 Kipper Capri pattern pieces HERE, making sure to print at full size; check your 1 inch squares for accuracy. Tape the sheets together, but do NOT overlap. (You will notice that I had issues with my scanner and a few pencil lines will need to be filled in by you before cutting. Nothing major, but it has prompted me to finally order my new scanner.)

Cut out the pattern pieces on the solid lines.

Cut your leg cuff piece out on the solid outer line, not the scallop; you want it to be a rectangle to start with and we will be doing the scallop in a bit.

Cut out your fabric according to each pattern piece.

You will have two front pieces, two back pieces and two cuffs. (Note: Be sure you cut your front and back pieces so that they are mirror image and cut your cuffs on the fold as indicated.)

All seams are sewn with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. With right sides together, sew the front pieces together along the crotch (as indicated by the yellow line). Do the same for the back pieces. Serge or zig zag your seam.

Open up the back and the front pieces and place them right sides together. You will notice that the front is narrower than the back.

Sew up the side seams and the inner leg seams. Finish with a serger or a zig zag stitch.

Now it is time to make the waistband casing. Fold and press 1/2 inch.

Fold and press another 1 1/4 inches.

Sew close to the bottom of the entire waistband, leaving a two inch opening in the back. This will create the casing for your elastic.

Grab your one inch elastic. (Mine was cut to 20.5 inches for my almost 4 year old daughter, but be sure to measure your own child to get the best fit.) Attach a safety pin to one end.

Feed the elastic through the casing. Once fed all the way through, overlap the ends of the elastic a bit and sew together with a zig zag stitch to secure.

Sew your casing closed. This is a good time to add your labels or a ribbon to allow the child to see where the back of the pants are.

Let’s make the cute cuff! You have two options with this pattern. You can leave it as just a rectangular notched hem cuff or you can be super fun and use the scalloped edge cuff! I am going to show you how to make the scalloped edge today.

Grab your two cuff pieces and fold them together lengthwise with right sides together.

Grab the cuff pattern piece and cut out the scallops along the lines.

Now, transfer the scallop markings with a fabric pen to your folded cuffs, making sure the bottom of the scallops are towards the folded edge.

Using your pen lines as a guide, sew the scallops. (Go slow!)

Trim close to the edge of stitching. Clip up into the scallops to get a nice clean line when you turn right side out. (Don’t clip THROUGH the stitching, just clip close to it!)

Turn right side out and press.

Form a loop with one of the cuffs. Overlap the ends slightly and baste it together.

Slip the cuff onto the right side of the pants hem, lining up the raw edges of the cuff and the hem. You want the notched part (the part you just joined together) to be on the outer leg seam.

Stitch together.

Serge or zig zag to finish.

Flip the cuff down, press the seam towards the pants, and top stitch.

Now, flip the cuff back up towards the pants, leaving about 3/4 inch of cuff inside. Press. (The next time I make these I will probably make sure the seams are done a different way so that you don’t see any seams at all… Stay tuned for more on that!)

Attach a button to each side to secure the cuff. You may also do a small hand stitch on other parts of the cuff to tack it down even more.

And that is it! The scalloped version takes me about 45 minutes, whereas the basic rectangular cuff version takes me only 30 minutes. These are perfect for back to school and fall/spring playwear! Perhaps make them in flannel or knit and use them for pajama pants… The possibilities are endless!

This kid…

…Cracks me up!

I hope you guys enjoy this pattern. I will be adding multiple sizes to it soon, hopefully in time for school. Please visit me over at my blog, my Facebook page and maybe even upload your creations to my new Flickr pool. I would love to see what you come up with.
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2 Responses to Kipper Capri Pants

  1. OliviaOwen says:

    These are adorable. My daughter starts preschool in a few weeks and I will be whipping up a few pairs of these for sure. Thank you for the pattern

  2. Christina says:

    These are adorable and I love the tags you put in. I’m going to have to make a pair and look for tags (I always worry that later I will have no idea what size certain things are).

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