My inspiration for these were the Fade Out Dobby Be Free Knicker from athleta.
I don't like my exercise clothes to be too tight at the waist, so pockets around the waist are no good to me. If I put anything in them, it tends to just drag the pants down whilst I am running. Side pockets seem to work well and need to be big enough for my phone (I need the runkeeper app as motivation to keep on running). Capri length means that it is no hassle to put my knee brace on and off. The mesh panels are mostly just for looks. I put a blue waistband on these, but this doesn't show up in any of the photos.
I started with the Stylearc Monica pant pattern. It is probably my preferred leggings pattern because I like the wide waistband, where the waistband sits, the behind the knee mesh and the seaming details.
I traced off the pattern pieces next to each other, eliminating the seam allowances, and drew on the style lines that I wanted for my capris. I have relatively short legs, so I shortened the legs above the knee, so that the mesh panels would sit in the correct position. I redistributed the curves at the waist side seams among my pieces and I eliminated the separate gusset. I find gussets fiddly to sew, and in this stretchy fabric, I don't find that they add much benefit. The red lines in the photo below are the changes I want to make for next time, mostly reducing the width of the panel with the side pocket.
The stitching on the last few leggings I have made with multiple seaming has tended to come undone at intersecting seams, so for these ones, I coverstitched each seam before sewing the next one.
The main fabric is a titan lycra print from funkifabrics.
These capris have been perfect for winter, but now I need to make more shorts with pockets.