I’m always so impressed by bloggers who take pictures immediately after making each garment. I go in bursts: sew a bunch of things, take pictures in one massive photo session, and blog everything within a week. You might notice that I’m wearing sunglasses and the same gray T-shirt in this burst of blog posts. One of the benefits to this method is that I actually wear the garment a few times before blogging it and I can more accurately say whether I like it/wear it often, or whether it’s a dud. I’m sure any blogger can agree that there are some garments we *think* we love, blog immediately with gushing positives, and then find we never wear.
I can confidently say that I really love the pants in this post. They are the Tessa pant from StyleArc.
If I would have blogged these immediately after making them, I would have told you I wasn’t sure about the fit. I made a size 8, no alterations, and they are just a bit snug through my thighs and bum.
The pockets aren’t very functional given the fit through the thigh, so I think I’ll leave them out next time. The elastic waist is sewn directly to the fabric, not in a waistband casing. I really like this method over making a casing since there is no elastic flipping during wear. When applying the elastic I evenly distributed it around the waist, using the quartering method. However, I ended up with too much fabric in the front and not enough in the back. Next time I’m going to bias the elastic placement so there is more fabric in the back.
But now they’re quite flattering on my backside! And the good thing is they are tight enough over my butt that I never get any unwanted riding up in the backside.
The fabric is a rayon/linen blend with a fun abstract print from FabricMart. I think they advertised it as animal print, but it looks more like coral to me. It’s a super comfortable and breathable fabric that doesn’t wrinkle terribly after wearing, and adds a bit something special to other boring navy pants.
My pants are (obviously) not as nice or fancy as Anne’s (although I’m sure no one is surprised there, me included!), but I really love these pants and definitely have plans for making them again. I’ll need to re-print the pattern though, I have a terrible tendency of recycling patterns after making them if I don’t love the garment immediately. Especially if they’re taped together patterns – they’re just such a pain to store!