To tell you truth, the idea of Style Arc's Misty Pull-On Jean didn't excite me at first. I read "Pull-on jean"and thought "jeggings", then wondered if someone at my time of life was doing themselves a huge favour by wearing them.
Then again, as someone whose waist measurement is capable of expanding and contracting alarmingly as I watch, the elasticised waist has it’s attractions. Then Style Arc offered the pattern bundled with the appropriate yardage of stretch bengaline and elastic for only $30. I figured if I hated them, I would have invested time but not too much money…
First off I was impressed by the feel of the bengaline. I’d read good things about Style Arc bengaline, and I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve only sewn Spotlight bengaline before, and this one had a much nicer hand. And the petrol colour I had chosen was pretty close to what I expected.
Worn with Grainline Scout Woven Tee, blogged here and Simplicity 2603, made pre-blog
The yardage provided was bang on what was needed for this pattern, so there was not much room for extra wide seam allowance insurance, or to accommodate stuffups, so I had to be on my toes. Of course, I made a mistake during cutting. I added 3cm to the length of the pants, but when I came to cut out one leg.. I started to cut one at the provided length. Fortunately I realised before I finished, so I only snipped into the leg about an inch, an inch I had to doctor with a bit of interfacing and some discreet zig zag stitches.
Apart from adding length, the only thing I changed was adding about an inch to the back crotch hook, which is an adjustment I automatically make to pants to accommodate my rounded backside.
Putting these pants together was largely stress free. The only tiresome thing was changing between a universal needle to stitch and a twin needle for the topstitching. Even with this to and fro, the pants didn’t take all that long to put together.
The elastic on the pants is doubled up, and sewn on as is, which is a construction technique I haven’t used before. It certainly precludes tucking in, which is not something I do anyway. It is easy to achieve, but I’m not sure I’d do it again – I think I’d make a casing if I make these pants again.
The other thing I’d do is add a bit to the back curve. It sits a bit low for my liking.
Having started out a bit not entirely sold by the idea of a pull on jean, I have to say the construction was stress free, but I’m a bit unsure of the result. On one hand, my teenage daughter and husband have given the pants the thumbs up. They are also super-comfortable, as promised. While I think this has potential to be a handy garment, until I get my head around how to style them, and maybe make some tops to go with them, I think I’ll hold my final judgement.