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!