Warm weather is here and the BEST way to keep yourself cool, covered and classy this year is to sew cropped pants! If you’re always looking for something that breathes, while also letting you comfortably chase and play with your kids, these are the bottoms you need. Finding a great fit and length can be tricky, however, which makes these the perfect DIY! Read on to get the pattern, fabric and construction details so you can also sew cropped pants!
Warm Weather Obsession
Remember this style post from the other day? I told you I was obsessed with cropped pants, so much so that I decided to try my hand at making some.
Verdict: they’re even better than my store bought version!
I snagged this striped cotton fabric at our local discount fabric store because I’m just smitten with all things blue and white striped. I don’t know the exact makeup of it but it’s got a slightly better drape than quilting cotton and I’m assuming it’s some sort of sturdy shirting. Originally, my plan was to make some sort of top out of it, but the idea of crops caught on instead and I couldn’t let it go.
The pattern I used was Simplicity New Look 6435 because I had it lying around and hadn’t used it yet. I gambled and didn’t bother with a muslin and I got pretty lucky- I love the fit!
I made a few slight modifications:
1. I cropped them, obviously, and took about 5″ off the full length because I’m 5’5″ with fairly short legs. Then I used a big wide 2″ hem on top of that! You don’t really want crops to hit at the widest part of your calf but I wanted them short enough so that they didn’t just look like high waters.
2. I widened the bottom half of the pattern by about an inch on the outside of each leg. That translated to around 2″ more width on each pant leg and I think that turned out just as I was expecting.
3. I wasn’t really paying attention to the fact that the pattern called for a big, wide 2″ waistband, I was expecting a facing for some reason. So when I made some fit adjustments without the waisband, they hugged nice and close to my hips.
But then I realized that they needed to extend up another couple inches for the waistband and sadly, my waist isn’t that much smaller than my hips right now. So instead, I cut my waistband in half lengthwise and went with a shorter 1″ band, which you can see in the first photo above. It happened to work just fine.
My new favorites!
So far I’ve worn these bad boys about half a dozen times and plan to wear them all summer long. I normally spend all of our sweltering desert summers in a dress or skirt but having loose, comfy pants is a nice change from having to sit lady like at the park with my kids 🙂
And don’t let yourself feel limited to wearing plain white with blue and white stripes! I really consider this print to be a sort of fun neutral and love wearing other prints with it, graphic tees and colorful solid tops. Creative dressing is my love language!
So what do you think? Are cropped pants something you’d like to try your hand at this summer? Would you do anything differently?
Copy this look with some of my favorite ready-to-wear pieces below!