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StyleArc: Darcy Woven Pants (Darcy Woven Pants) - Type:Pants    printable version
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Reviewed by:dinagideon
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Posted on:10/23/13 4:10 PM
Last Updated:10/23/13 4:14 PM
Project Photo:StyleArc: Darcy Woven Pants by dinagideon

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Fabric:Wool-Lycra Woven  [See other projects in this fabric]
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Pattern Description: This is a stylish and up to the moment slimline pull-on pant. The interesting hemline sets this apart from the basic elastic waist pant. Make it in washed silk for that special occasion or Rayon for everyday wear. Pattern has optional side pockets.

Pattern Sizing: Aus Sizes 4-30. Single sized in packet, so I chose a 12.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Well, I think so, although I messed something up in the execution. I think if I try again it will look even closer to the project photo.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I guess so, they didn't hold my hand--at all, but I felt like they were worded well, even though they could have been more verbose, in my opinion.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? LOVE the pockets, they are drafted well. I also love the style, very hip and current.

Didn't care for how my pants hem turned out, but I 100% know that it is my fault and not the pattern's. (By the end, I decided to have fun with the hem and added a decorative stitch to it.) I think the weird wool stretchy woven fabric I was using may have been a bit too heavy, and oddly enough, too stretchy for the pattern. (The pattern says to choose fabric that is a bit stretchy by nature, but I think that may have worked against me, especially when cutting the pattern pieces out.)

The left leg, especially, seems kind of wonky and off. The pants keep riding down on my hips (from my waist), so that is why I think the fabric may be too heavy for the waistband. (I also could have been less generous with the elastic, I seem to always give my elastic too many inches, and I end up with a waistband that is too large on me!)

I also can see that the fabric is pooling under the bottom, which never happens to me, so maybe my choice to add a full thigh adjustment (about a half-inch to each pattern piece) may have been in error.

Fabric Used: This is a fabric mart bundle fabric, and after doing the burn test, I determined it must be a stretchy wool twill since the fabric self-extinguished and smelt of hair. I didn't think it felt like wool since it is seems more like cotton twill, but it didn't burn like cotton.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I used my Burda crotch curve to ensure the pattern fit me. It does fit nicely through the rise and I quite like the fit. If only I had properly sized the waistband, of course.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. I am definitely willing to try it again, maybe with a stretchy, yet more stable lightweight wool or cotton.

I wear these pants, but strictly inside my house, since while they are quite ugly, they are super duper comfortable, almost like non-traditional pajama bottoms.

Conclusion: I loved having just one size in the packet and the fact that the pattern is printed on real paper. I think if you are a Style Arc fan, this particular style will probably be super easy for you to sew up.

I look forward to trying again in a different fabric.

The top is also handmade. I will review it in the future.
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Quickie said...
What a fantastic fabric for this nice top....I did not even draw my attention to your very versatile pants
10/23/13 4:24 PM
dinagideon said...
Quickie, lol. Yeah, I am wearing the top all day, but chose to photograph the pants with them. Maybe I chose that for a reason, to distract from the pants a bit. ;) The fabric is a Liberty tana lawn called Tresco floral. I was smitten with it last spring...
10/23/13 4:35 PM
GoSewGirl said...
Thanks for this review. I've been wondering about these pants and now may have to order this pattern for myself!
10/23/13 6:07 PM
Knitz said...
Curious as to the problem you experienced with the hem -- can't really tell from the photo. I also had issues with the hem facing, and ended up facing the hem before sewing side seam.
10/24/13 11:21 PM
dinagideon said...
Hi, Knitz. :) Thanks for the need for extra clarification, I realize now I kind of skimmed over my issues. I like faced hems, a lot, and was stoked to see that this pattern had them for the cute and unusual hem. My problem was that I could have used more hand holding from Style Arc in the instructions to properly place the hem facing and then stitching it. I felt like I had no idea how and where to properly stitch the hem in the end, so I kind of winged it to less than desirable results. I also feel like my poor cutting skills hindered this project...the fabric was very difficult for me to cut properly and I didn't do a great job which led to the facing sitting in the hem improperly. Sigh. Basically it was a mess all around, though the photos definitely look like they are okay. :P I may do what you did, and face the hems FIRST and the sew up the side seam, that seems like a brilliant solution!
10/25/13 3:52 PM
Lynmarie said...
Nice pants, maybe ask SA to add more detail to the constuction sheet, they are very helpful I've found.
10/25/13 10:17 PM
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