|Fabric: Laguna stretch knit in emerald…the last of it!!|
A few comments on the pattern:
- Sizing – Style Arc provides finished garment measurements for a size 10. Somewhere, and I cannot remember where or find it again, I read that they have 2″ grading difference between sizes. I laid out the pattern in both the 12 and the 14. Sure enough, 2″ difference, 10 to 12 to 14.
Caveat – these are knit pants. While the 14 has a generous waist and reasonable hip, I was concerned about the upper thigh measurement. Not the hip – on the leg, the thigh. The lower love handle place. Very few pattern makers provide this measurement. Yes, I’ll share! On the 12, 4″ below the crotch seam line, 24″. On the 14, same place, 26″.
- The seam allowances are only 1/4″. I drafted my tissue with 1/2″ seam allowances and sewed with a 1cm seam allowance, my favorite. The little extra allows for a nice clean cut at the serger.
- I could tell from the pattern layout that it has a very short rise, front and back – I calculated the total crotch length at 27″, including the waistband. So I added 1 1/2″ at the center front, cured out to 1/2″ at the side edge. And added 1/2″ across the entire back top edge. And needed every bit of the extra length in the rise.
- The inseam is generous – I’m 5’7″ and took up a 2 1/4″ hem.
- The pattern difficulty is rated as Medium. Actually, it should be Easy. But the instructions assume one knows how to sew a pair of pants. Pretty much ‘sew the seams and add the waistband’. Nothing there for the beginning sewist.
Well, I’m not over the moon with these pants – but I might make some more. Maybe in a fun ITY knit! Style Arc recommends jersey or slinky knit. I think 4-way stretch is really important to keep away the baggy saggy knees and so on.