This is another project that I have needed desperately for months. I go to the gym at least 4 times a week, and I've been wearing old capris and bike shorts that don't fit and are not flattering. Not to mention not comfortable! I'm so psyched that I finally got these done, and I can't wait to try them out on Monday! Woo hoo!
I picked up this Vogue pattern in a clearout bin at Fabricland sometime last year. I chose to make View C (the long red ones). I chopped off 7" so they would end up about the same length as View A & B (approx 30" from the waist).
I didn't use the waistband provided in the pattern. Instead, I tried on my capris, pinned my elastic together, put it on where I would normally wear it, and measured how long I should make my waistband. It ended up being 3" finished. My elastic was 34", so I cut a piece of fabric 7" x 34". I sewed a 1/2" seam at the back, making it into a tube, folded it in half, and sandwiched my elastic in place. I stretch stitched the elastic, just catching the edge so it doesn't flip around on me, and then I sewed the waistband to the pants with a 1/2" seam. They are so snug and comfy. Almost perfect! The only thing I would adjust next time is to cut the center front down by 1/2-3/4", since they hang a bit low. This is normal for me. I usually have to cut down pants and skirts by 1" at center front.
I hemmed them 1" with my coverstitch, and voila! They're done! I worked on these Friday night, and made them all in one sitting. They took me 2 hours and 15 minutes. Anything close to 2 hours is a super fast project in my world!
Here is a close-up of what my waistband looks like. As you can see, it's much more snug than the pants, but hot damn, are they ever comfy!
I'm going to enjoy working out cuz now I have custom-fitted, comfy capris! Yay!