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Super creative title, I know.

I made the StyleArc’s Barb’s Stretch Pants again. With pockets that I drafted! The pockets are a touch small, but they will fit my current phone and keys, which is a definite improvement over no pockets.

This time I also used 5/8″ seam allowance for the inner and outer seams (but not the centre seam!!) to narrow the legs. It actually worked quite well, but I have a fitting “issue”. You see, I have tiny knees and really large calves, so the jeans are slim cut through the thigh and calf, but baggy at the knee and ankle! I’m not entirely sure how to deal with this. I think I’ll end up washing them, then putting them on inside out and pinning them to a closer fit through at least the knee.

The only difficulty with that is of course I did a felled seam on the inner leg this time (I was testing things! It worked really well!).

Anyways, the first pair of trousers are super comfortable and I really like them. I’ll be altering this pattern to make somewhat more of a boot cut, as well as doing fully shaped lower legs so I can actually have a true “skinny” jean. I’ve never seen a shaped trouser leg pattern like that before, so this should be interesting.

I’m sewing with some friends on Sunday, so I might be able to get some pictures of my stuff ON me instead of just hanging up. :)

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I know I want to make a softshell jacket, but I also recently did a closet clean out and I’m really running low on some clothing items. Namely Hummingbird Skirts (my grey linen one is pulling apart at all the seams right at the hem!) and trousers (I have two pairs and they are both old and poorly fitting).

So because I follow the Curvy Sewing Collective, and there was this post on elastic trouser waistbands, I got a bee in my bonnet and have sewn up a pair of trousers today. Yes, the Barb’s Trousers from Style Arc (I got the PDF format off Etsy!).

So, I purchased the pattern (as one does) and noticed that the three sizes are all in separate PDFs. Uhh. That’s awkward. It would be great if they were nested, and also if they were set on the pages just a little better so there wasn’t that wee sliver of pattern on an otherwise empty page. However, it did tape together pretty well, and since it’s only 3 pieces, I suppose it wasn’t that big of a deal. But it would be nicer.

I sewed the size 22. In a stretch denim I randomly purchased a bolt of for $20. The only adjustment I made to start with was I lengthened the CB seam by 1.5″, as I have a high waist and large behind.

Except for some serger issues (I swear I’ve rethreaded it 3 or 4 times now and it STILL won’t sew right!), they went together perfectly. I made the waistband elastic shorter by wrapping it around my waist instead of whatever the pattern reccomends… and they’re way too big above the hip. Whoops!

I can take in the CB seam on this pair no problem, and maybe take in the side seams a little bit.

I definitely need to make some adjustments for future pairs, because there WILL be future pairs! The CB seam needs to be taken in at least 1″. The side seams need to be adjusted for a small waist on both the front and back. And the waistband will need to be adjusted as well.

Otherwise, they fit pretty well! I might fuss with the CF seam a bit, maybe adjust the curve, maybe not. The length is really nice, since my black ponte jeans are almost 2″ too short. And the stretch and elastic waist at my natural waist line are also nice. They just need to be tighter!

And!! I chose this size run because I’m trying to be more honest about my measurements (my Belcarra blouses are a little snug…), but they’re too big! I even wouldn’t mind them being smaller through the thighs, but I guess that really depends on how stretchy the material is.

One other thing I’ll be doing for future pairs is drafting some pockets, probably with a waist stay and fake fly. I don’t really like rear pockets, but I do need somewhere to put my keys and/or phone at work. And really, I get so tired of the fact that women’s clothing has so few pockets. We need to carry things too!

(And I’ve hemmed them and adjusted the CB seam. I took 2″ out, and they feel almost perfect now. Yay!)

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