Way back when I was finishing up my SWAP sewing at the end of April, I decided to sew a new to me pattern on the last sewing day! I had some time ago bought Butterick 5222, which is a Connie Crawford pattern up to 6x. I had a piece of a grey mystery fabric from our trip to the Goodville Fabric Outlet.
My hip measurement put me into a size 4x. My waist is bigger, but I measured the pattern paper and it seemed like the waist would fit ok. I added an inch to the crotch length front and back. I added many inches to the leg length. I sewed up this version without the pockets, because I wanted to be able to easily alter the side seams.
I made version 2 last week, as part of my entry into the Pattern Review Plus Size contest. I used a brown cotton twill from JoAnn's. I took all of the length I had added to the crotch back out. I also folded out about an inch down the center of both the front and back pattern pieces. (This meant I had to redraw one of the darts on the front piece.) I made them capri length.
I planned to add the pockets, so I basted this pair together. What I discovered was that because the waist was hitting closer to my actual waist, where I am bigger, I had removed too much ease. To make sure the capris fit at the waist, I added a gusset to each of the side front pieces, tapering to nothing at the hip. This supplied the ease I needed, and as an added bonus, looked a bit like a design feature associated with the pockets!
On both the first and second versions, I made an elasticized waistband as explained in Pants for Real People. I finished all of the exposed seams with my sewing machine's overcast stitch.
I think this version turned out much better!
For the contest I also made a pink and cream textured striped knit boat neck top, using my PMB pattern. I also made a hairband to match!