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Audrey Capri Pants - Fail


Pattern: Ottobre 3/2009 Audrey Capri Pants #17
Fabric:  Stretch Linen, less than a yard
Fabric Price: ~$4.60
Size: 110cm graded to 96cm waist and 122cm length
Child's Age: 7

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I made these to go with the "Hollywood Cerise". They were too small.  A total fail due to (1) my inept attempt to grade the pattern to Monkey Pants'  exact measurements, (2) the patterns rise is just too short.  Also, I forgot (3), I decided to ignore the call for an invisible zipper.  I didn't have one.  I figured a regular zipper would do.  She's not going to strut down the runway with them or anything.  I was painfully wrong.

So here are Monkey Pants'  measurements.


Yeah.  What am I supposed to do with that? She is only the size of a disproportionate Finnish toddler.

I thought I was being clever by cutting out the 110cm size to fit the hip measurement and grading the waist down to 98cm while lengthening it to the 122cm size.  The pants wouldn't zip up all the way to the top.  The rise doesn't go all the way to her waistline.  Not even close.  And don't ask me why in the hell I thought I could get away with putting a regular zipper on this.  I guess I've forgotten I haven't made any pants, much less with invisible zippers in decades.

The smaller version of these pants doesn't have the front pockets but I added them in from the larger sized "Ashlee" capri pants #34, making them about 2cm narrower.  This came out just fine.  I even added a cute contrasting fabric inside for a special surprise.  I like the narrowness in the legs, but the rise and butt and waist is just too small.  There's nothing I can do to salvage them.  Interestingly enough, the ever difficult Monkey Pants insists on wearing them every day anyway!   


Cute pockets.
  (If you look to the right, you can see the pants don't zip).

Cute side vents
 
And there you have the hideous zipper that is being stretched out to its max.


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