Until last week, The Sewing Lawyer has been able to defend herself from all transient thoughts that perhaps all those other bloggers who looooooove Style Arc are probably on to something pretty good. But when the company recently offered a digital download copy of their Barb's Stretch Pant pattern to anyone willing to subscribe to its newsletter, resistance was futile.
So how did I spend my Canada Day mid-week holiday?
The only problem is that these are seriously comfortable. I might actually want to wear them... But maybe not outside the house or with top tucked in.
Style Arc sent me 3 sizes (the size I chose as the best match to my measurements plus one smaller and one bigger) which was very generous, since one of the reasons I haven't been a customer was reluctance to commit to a single size. I had chosen the size 10 because it was the closest to my hip measurement (38.6" or 98cm) but my waist is between sizes 6 and 8. If I was making a top, I'd probably go with an 8.
And the camera shows that I was right to be skeptical. There is fabric pooling below the waistband and a lot of excess at the back upper leg. From the side, you can see how flat I am.
I also knew the waist would be too big and it was. I took approximately the 5cm (2") difference between sizes 8 and 10 out by way of a side-seam dart, blending to nothing at the full hip. I took a corresponding amount out of the waist band piece.
So what is the verdict?
Well, if I was going to make these to wear out of the house, I'd clearly have to tweak the fit. Nothing so surprising about that.
As for style, Style Arc describes these as featuring a "slimmer leg but not too slim, perfect for the office". The leg width is pretty perfect. I'm not sold on the pull-on stretch pants for my office wardrobe, however could definitely imagine wearing this style with a casual tunic length top or sweater.
In other news, I managed to snap this photo of the Snowbirds flying in formation over my house today on their way to Parliament Hill. Happy Canada Day!