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Erplab
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Date: 7/12/14 9:36 AM

I've never sewn pants before and I'm looking for a good pattern to start with. I'm a 5'7" pear shape and am normally a pattern size 18. I would like to find something good for a beginner that would be dressy enough to wear to work (I'm a teacher).

I often have a hard time choosing patterns because pattern websites are either huge and hard to search through (such as simplicity's site) or small and don't have any selection.

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Date: 7/12/14 9:43 AM

My vote would be Style Arc Linda (based on all the reviews I've read ... I haven't sewn it yet but it's on my wish list).Style Arc Linda

Reviews of Linda by PR members
Style Arc's instructions are pithy but you could ask questions here every step of the way. It's a simple pant and the pattern is drafted well.


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Date: 7/12/14 11:50 AM

Ooooooh, those look great! Thanks!

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Date: 7/12/14 2:06 PM

The thing about pants is that they are actually pretty easy to sew up.... it getting a "good fit" that can be the challenging part. Sometimes we get really lucky on the first try, but other times the ill fit can be frustrating and cause us to give up.
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If you have a pair of ready to wear pants that you are please with the fit of, you can compare the shape and points of measure of those against the pant pattern that you choose.

You will want to look at the pants points of measure such as:

[] Finished waist measurement
[] Finished hip measurement
[] Thigh circumference
[] Inseam
[] Outseam
[] Leg opening
[] Front crotch rise, depth and shape
[] Back crotch rise, depth and shape

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If you have that comparison for your favorite rtw pattern compared to you pattern, you will at least have some insight on what to expect when you sew up your tester, or what you might even want to change ahead time that could be obvious.

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A pant that has some stretch or a moderate stretch can also be a good choice as those fabrics can be more forgiving in their fit.

One thing to decide is if you are comfortable sewing in a zipper, or an elastic waist, pockets, etc.

I think a simple pant with not pockets and a drawstring waist is a super easy choice for a beginner, especially if it a looser fit with a straight leg--- kind of like a "lounge pant".

This is one example, but you can do a wider waistband and drawstring, and maybe not quite as wide and in a less sheer fabric so you don't have to line it. I am a petite pear as well



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Date: 7/12/14 2:21 PM

Your explanation is getting lost because of the size of your images. Would you mind too terribly much reducing the size of your images, please? I'm sure it would be very much appreciated by many users. Thanks.

Larger images distort the entire thread and make it near impossible to read on smaller screens, like phones and iPods.

If you don't know how to reduce the size of your images, Melissa from FehrTrade added this note to help (on another thread).


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Edit: tip - if you want to make the images appear smaller and not break the table width on small screens, add in width="xxx" into your image tag before the end >. I used width ="600" here and it looks okay.


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Date: 7/12/14 2:50 PM

Thanks for the tip! I have big multi screens so I forget that what looks small on my screens may be giant elsewhere.

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Date: 7/12/14 2:55 PM

If you want to try a similar stretch pant by Style Arc, I think the free pdf/s downloads of the Barb pant promotion is still going. The great thing is...you get 3 sizes- one you pick and one above and below your choice.
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Date: 7/12/14 3:22 PM

Thank you so much!!

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Date: 7/12/14 3:27 PM

Thanks for the link to the free pattern.

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Date: 7/13/14 10:28 AM

Yes, I'd recommend checking out the Barb pattern. I used a ponte knit for my pair and they came out great. There are only three pattern pieces and the stretch fabric + elastic waist makes the fit very forgiving. Once you put together a simple pant like this to see how the whole thing comes together you will be off and runnung!

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