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Message Board > Plus Size Sewing > Style Arc Tori crop pant? ( Moderated by JEF)

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Style Arc Tori crop pant?
Anyone try it yet?
Marilly
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Date: 6/15/12 3:10 AM

Finally caved this month and bought my first Style Arc pattern, - the paid one for DD so I could get the freebie - the Tori crop pant.
I'm petite plus with a bit of a belly issue, but after measuring the pattern pieces ( all 2 of them) in the various key places it looks very promising. I guess I'm just a bit gun shy, but has anyone tried this one yet?
Shel

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Date: 6/15/12 7:20 AM

No, I haven't bought that one yet, as its winter here now...but you should just go for it, you will probably love them, I am yet to be disappointed in their pants patterns:)

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Date: 6/15/12 6:57 PM

I also have this as my freebie pattern for June but I haven't tried it yet because it's far too cold. I thought it was strange that they would give out a cropped pants pattern when it's winter in this part of the world. Still, it'll keep until November or so

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Date: 6/15/12 8:08 PM

I haven't tried it, but, from the illustrations, the top part looks exactly like the Fay pants which I love. The darts at the waist prevent that sometimes poofy fabric that you get with an elastic waist pant. The back waistband is higher than the front which prevents that pulling downs effect you get when sitting in some pants.

I would suggest that you measure the front rise and the leg length. I find all the StyleArc pants to be quite long. If you have a pair of pants whose fit you like, measure those from the crotch to the waist. I ended up taking about 1.5" from the front, 2" in the upper thigh and another 2.5" below the knee. In all the SA pants patterns I've done, there is a notch at the knee level, which makes adjusting easier...at least you know where your knee is supposed to hit.

Since you haven't done a StyleArc before, the dotted line inside the cutting line is your sewing line. SA doesn't usually state what their seam allowance is and I've read reviews where that confuses some people. It's also smaller than the 5/8" usual in the US patterns.

Good luck and have fun...I'll watch for your review

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Date: 6/18/12 1:33 AM

Thanks guys, this is good to hear from other plus ladies that it's a possible. Like Jannw I know I'll have to shorten the legs - I'm 5', but will test and see if I need to shorten the rise and where to do it. The concern I have is losing crotch length when correcting for crotch depth. My body space is almost as deep as it is wide.
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Date: 6/18/12 6:38 PM

I'm an "almost plus" and I find most style arc pants to be a great fit out of the envelop. The one (only one out of many) that didn't fit perfect was tighter than I liked in the thigh -- however, it was a pant that was meant to be tight - like a yoga fit - and I'm just not a "yoga fit" body.

I am looking forward to making this pattern. It's summer in the states - where I live -- and so, for me, it's the perfect time of year for shorts and crop pants.

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Date: 5/1/13 10:04 AM

I just finished a muslin of this pattern and am pleased with the fit. HOWEVER...the instructions for the pleat thingy on the bottom of each leg has me baffled! If anyone has successfully sewn this part of these pants, please let me know. My fashion fabric is ready for this step and I'm too confused to proceed!

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Date: 5/1/13 5:02 PM

I haven't made this pattern, so can't help, but you can email StyleArc - their customer support is very good.

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Date: 5/6/13 10:42 AM

I have been watching for a plus sized review of StyleArc patterns. I love so many of the patterns. How did this pant work out?

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Date: 5/7/13 8:47 AM

I know I need to do a better job of posting reviews!
I am actually impressed with the fit of these pants...without a dozen pattern adjustments. The Style & Co. size 14W fits me perfectly, and the Tori Crop Pant in size 16 comes very close. I had to add about 1/4" to each of the side seams through the butt, and shorten by at least 2" (of course). The only thing I don't like is the instruction to use a twin needle to finish the elastic waistband. I did it but will use a different technique next time. I sewed these pants from a cheap piece of lightweight stretch denim.
Kathy, I say go for it!

UPDATE: After wearing these pants, laundering, and wearing again, I ripped out the twin needle stitching on the waist. I folded the fabric down right at the top of the elastic and stitched with a long zig-zag. The fit and appearance are greatly improved. I also cut 4" off the bottom of each leg, leaving an opening of about 3". I'm only 5'3" and the longer leg was bugging me. The pants look tons better and I just cut out a second pair in a light aqua stretch denim. Photos coming...I promise!
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