Can I just tell you? One of my favorite things about StyleArc patterns, besides the superb drafting, is learning new sewing dialect. No really, I’m serious. Did I ever tell you about the first time I went to Paris? I went to a tres haute seller of tissus, and while I speak passable French, I don’t know some of the technical terms, but the vendeuse and I struck up a connection over sewing and I learned a bunch of new terms that day. I love sewing!
Oh yeah, back to the review.
Sizing: 6-30. I made a size 10.
Fabric Used: Medium weight linen in black from Gorgeous Fabrics. It’s sold out, but This One is a pretty close approximation.
For the waistband facing, I used a cotton from Androsia in the Bahamas that I bought ten or so years ago.
Needle/Notions Used: Universal 70/10 needle. Pro-Weft interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply. Silk organza selvage. Thread. I think that’s pretty much it.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? I didn’t use them, though I did note that StyleArc has added a Bunch of Tutorials to their website, including inserting a fly and making welt pockets. Here’s a detail shot of the back pockets:
Construction Notes: I cut out waistband facings from the linen, and I interfaced them, but after thinking about it for a little bit, I realized that it would be pretty heavy, so I pulled out the trusty old Androsia cotton that I used in my
Hobbit Pants denim shorts (yes, I cut them down and they look AWESOME).
I also changed the back welt pockets so they would be deep enough to hold my cell phone. I pulled about two inches out of the back waistline. Other than that I didn’t need to do too much. The StyleArc crotch curve is closer to an L than a J, so I left it as-is.
Likes/Dislikes: Shorts! Spring! StyleArc!
No real dislikes.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes.
Conclusion: This is a well-drafted, classic pattern. Here are pictures of the front and back.
It’s not completely finished – I need to put the hook/eyes in the waistband, then I can pack it up to go see the boys march at Disney. And have dinner with Karla!