Finally at long last, and with much excitement, I was able to whip out a pair of Style Arc's Linda Pants. Style Arc's patterns have received great reviews on Pattern Review, and several sewists have made up Linda Pants that look great on them.
I've had the fabric (a stretch Bengaline from JA) laid out on my cutting table for longer than I care to admit. I decided that I would throw common sense to the wind and cut and sew the pants right out of the package. These pants seem to fit so many without alterations.
After sewing them up today, before putting of the waistband, I tried them on because I was anticipating that they would be slightly big in the waist and might need a little tweaking. Hah! I could barely get the freaking pants on my body, and when I did, could barely get them off! Holy smokes am I bummed! My sewing time is so limited lately and I spend it sewing a garment that doesn't fit.
The Linda Pant is a great pant pattern. I wish I'd chosen the size better, especially since I can't just run out and get a different size. Size wise, I thought I had chosen well. In fact, according to the measurement chart on Style Arc's website, I did choose correctly by the hip measurement. The waist measurement for that same size is larger than my own, which is why I thought I'd need to take it in. There are no finished garment measurements listed, but according to SA's measurement chart and a quick flat pattern measurement, it appears that there is a half inch of ease at the hip of this pattern. Perhaps the 'Stretch Bengaline' available here does not have the same stretch as what is available in Australia. Regardless of why these are too small, I'll need to do some alterations to the pattern before making them again.
So what to do with a too small pair of slacks? The fabric is quite nice and has a lovely drape, and I would hate seeing them go to waste. One of my girlfriends is coming over next weekend, and I'm thinking they will fit her well. If so, I'll attach the waistband, hem them, and take pictures. For now, I'll just have to leave you with this:
Yesterday we drove thirty minutes for the best solution to a hectic week - Grouper sandwiches and a long walk on the beach. Florida is beautiful this time of year.
Have a great week!