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|StyleArc: Jasmine Pant (Jasmine Pant) - Type:Pants |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Fabric:||Wool gabardine [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: This is a slim legged pant, with angled pockets at the front and a V-yoke at the back (like a jean). This calls for a stretch woven, but my fabric is not, which is why I'm doing this second review of the pattern. |
Pattern Sizing: Single size, but more like RTW. I used 12 appropriate for my hip measurement and what I wear in RTW.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yep, but the leg is not as narrow.
Were the instructions easy to follow? StyleArc's instructions are pretty minimal but they have good pics where you need them. Seams are 3/8" so fitting is important.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This is my second version of this pant and I totally love the fit. Super comfy for a wool pant. Although it calls for a stretch woven, this wool gabardine I used has zero stretch and came out great. I'm the only one to have reviewed this pattern but I really highly recommend. I've never been able to sew a decent fitting pant before (including the Palmer Pletsch and hours of fitting muslins)-- this has been driving me crazy. I don't know what's different but I'm starting to invest in StyleArc patterns for pants. Both the StyleArc pants I've made (this and the Sandra jeans) fit great. These are pretty expensive patterns (with no reduced price sales like many other major pattern companies) but they usually have free pattern add-on so end up similar to Vogue on sale, if you like the add-on. I love the pockets on the pants, the slim fit and the jean-style yoke at the back. The zipper/fly construction is first-rate. Honestly, with the price I was paying for RTW pants, the pattern is a bargain. This looks and feels like a $100 pant.
Fabric Used: A brown wool gabardine from Fashion Fabrics. I lined the pant with Bemberg rayon (not called for in pattern). The gab is super-resistant to wrinkles (and a bitch to press) so is a great travel/work fabric. A tip for the pressing of gab: steam the seam on the iron's "wool setting" and then press down with a metal ruler--it acts as a heat-sink to to quickly cool the fabric and seal in the press when you need it.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added some width to the waist. I lined the entire pant, which is not in the instructions, but makes it really comfy to wear. Because of the pocket that you don't want in the lining, you have to make a hybrid of the pocket facing and pant front for the lining of the front and sew it to the back. I sewed the entire lining and wool pants and then attached them at the step of the waistband. Cutting and sewing the lining took about an extra 30 minutes but really improves the wearability of the garment.
The back of the pants have a V-yoke, very much like jeans. I found this hard to sew with standard pants assembly of pant body then waistband. In the last version I sewed the yoke to back and front waistband to front first, and then seamed the sides and center back. I didn't do that here because of the lining, but I'm not entirely happy with the look of the back.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is my second, with the experiment of a totally non-stretch fabric in this version. It is one of the most successful things I've ever sewn (I'm wearing it lots this winter) and plan on another gabardine version.
Conclusion: A great fitting slim-legged pant.
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