Sunday, March 13, 2016

Pants People, I made Pants!


You may have seen a glimpse of my new pants in my last blog post.  These I am very excited about!  I find pants making tedious to say the least.  It isn't the actual making of the pants that frustrates me it is the results are often less then stellar and leave me often feeling quite flat.  I wear pants a lot!  They are the basis of my autumn and winter wardrobe both for work and home.  At home I wear jeans 90% of the time, except in summer, but for work I need something a little more formal.  I think I have found exactly what I need and they are dead easy.



I am a little late to the Elle pants party but I think I may have found my new tnt.  As recommended I chose bengaline, from Backstreet Bargains.  It has good recovery, which is often a downfall in the pants I make.   It doesn't require ironing which is always a bonus because aside from pressing as I sew, I do not like to iron.  

I made my Style Arc Elle Pants to size 10 but added 1cm to the back rise because I tend to find most pants a bit short here.  I actually accidentally ordered a size 8 pattern but by doing a little math discovered that if I added 1cm to the side seams, I could convert the pattern to pretty close to a size 10.    I  changed the way the waist band is attached to the instructions.  I sewed my band on  and topstiched before threading the elastic through a gap I left in the centre back.  I then secured the elastic with some vertical top stitching at the side seams to prevent it rolling inside the waist band.



Will there be more?  You bet!  In fact there already are!

11 comments:

  1. The Elle pant and bengaline is a winning combination. I have two pairs of bengaline pants - one made up in the Elle pattern, the other made up with another Style Arc pattern, the Misty pull on jean. They are very similar to the Elle but I like the back yoke, they sit much better. I have another waiting to be made up, again in a bengaline.

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    1. I haven't tried the Misty Pattern. I might have to give that one a try!

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  2. Nice pants Andrea. I have had a lot of success with this pattern too.

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    1. Thank you! It is nice to have a pattern you can rely on.

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  3. Pants are my least favorite thing to make! Glad to hear that you found your TNT! They look great!

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  4. Hey I like these a lot, and your subsequent trousers too. What do you find so frustrating about sewing trousers? Is it the fitting? It seems to me that you're all good!

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