They’re a bit so-so, and I blame the fabric. I think I mentioned that I had already tried some fitted trousers in this fabric before that were unsuccessful. These are much improved but still have their faults, most of them I can live with for a casual pant.
The fabric is from that era of hi-tech fabrics, and is a polyester/viscose/polyamide/elastane twill (I think that’s right – I’m going back a few years in my memory with that detail so don’t trust me on that 100%). My first attempt was looser, and turned out rather balloony/puffy if you know what I mean. I totally unpicked them because I decided this fabric needs to be tight to be successful in a trouser – something I was trying to avoid at my age! The fabric has about 10% stretch and the recovery isn’t great, as you can see by the knees and seat after a day’s work:
Being a close fitting trouser the knees are wrinkly in that jeans-sort-of-way anyway, and to be honest it is not that bad in real life. This fabric has a nylon sheen that loves to show off it’s wrinkles to the camera! Oh well, it is certainly of more use made up as a pair of trousers, than stuck on a roll under the bed collecting dust!
I like wearing them with my little pink jacket that I wear a lot at this time of year, and they will look cool with my current project-that-I-can’t-wait-to-finish in vintage teal mohair:
Let’s get down to the details – there is a side invisible zip, and the waist is bound with a button and loop:
And the hems are stitched, with little side seam splits:
What else? Mmm, I overlocked the seams:
As you can see, there are not many details…
In fact simple black stretch capris are pretty boring, but I’ve worn these so much already that I don’t know how I lived without them! I think in a better fabric these will be great for summer in navy, and red, and stone, and maybe a fun colour too – orange? – suggestions welcome!