Something a little different from me today… I made trousers!
I have been on the hunt for the perfect cropped wide leg trouser pattern for a while. I didn’t want a fitted style ( I have made The Persephone Pants and whilst these are beautiful, I don’t wear them too often because they are quite fitted and don’t feel all that comfortable to mooch around in), but was looking for a pair that would feel relaxed but look pretty cute too.
Whilst out shopping recently with my friend Kate, I spotted a lady across the road wearing the exact cropped style of trousers that I wanted and Kate mentioned that The Clare Pant from Stylearc looked pretty similar to these. She was right and despite trying not to buy patterns unless they are on sale, it kind of slipped into my shopping basket and, well, here we are now.
The Clare Pant is a cropped wide leg trouser featuring an elasticated waist, pleats at the front, big pockets and tie belt. I absolutely love it.
The fabric that I chose to use from Sewisfaction is this utterly gorgeous Robert Kaufman Chambray Union. It is the most beautiful shade of neutral grey/blue and couldn’t be more perfect for these trousers. The cotton is breathable and soft and it looks great with a t-shirt and trainers, but could easily be dressed up if necessary. I am imagining this with a silk cami on a summer evening..
Anyone that has sewn a Stylearc pattern before will know that their instructions are very brief and basic. However despite my initial concern at first glance, they are actually all that you need (along with the diagrams that are also helpful), and to be fair as long as you read them carefully you should be ok. Having said that, I did scratch my head on the part where it tells you to press the front pleats in a certain direction. I’m still not sure if this is the direction that the pleat is intended to lay, but this is how I wanted them! Stylearc give this pattern a ‘medium’ rating in terms of difficulty and I would agree with this.
The pockets are wonderfully massive, and finished with a nice little line of topstitching.
Another great feature of the pattern that I really like is that the waistband is elasticated. Even better is that the front section lays flat and the gathers are only at the back. You can see from the image below that the gathers start and finish at the pockets each side, and four horizontal rows of stitching ensure that it stays evenly gathered and lays flat with no twisting.
The jury is still out as to if the gathers are a little unflattering from the rear view (shown below without the belt), but I figure that what I can’t see, I’m not going to worry about!
The only alteration that I had to make on a straight size 12, was the length of the legs. This is a standard alteration that I always need as I am 5’2”, and I actually had to shorten the pattern by a whopping 13.5cm, which still left me with a generous 3.5cm hem. The trousers are intended to be a 7/8th leg length, but I felt that I needed to make mine a fraction shorter than this to be flattering on my proportions.
I know for a fact that I will use this pattern again and again. I absolutely love it. Imagine it made up in a lovely linen or a drapey crepe, such possiblilites!
Huge thanks to Sheona for providing me with such lovely fabric, these will certainly be getting lots of wear this Summer,
Until next time,