2020 is the year that just keeps on giving!
Not long after my last post I slipped on a wet floor and took a nasty fall. I broke a big toe and have done something quite unpleasant to my knee. I was in bed for several days, followed by time on crutches. It’s only this week that I’ve been able to get an actual shoe onto my foot. The toe is still buddy taped and the knee is still strapped, and I may need surgery.
But today…..I can wear a shoe and take blog photos. And the sun is shining. So let’s go for it!
One of the other casualties of this year was a holiday to Greece that a friend and I had planned in order to celebrate her 50th. I purchased several lengths of gorgeous European Linen from Ray Stitch to make a holiday wardrobe. Cancellation of the holiday cancelled my will to sew these up.
When my battered old pair of RTW linen trousers gave up the ghost after several years of wear, it was time to pull the linen out and replace them. I started with the black because I have several pieces of fabric in the stash that will make garments that work with these.
I’ve also a pair of ready to wear black jeans that don’t get much wear, because they are wardrobe orphans.
The pattern is the Fifi Woven Pant by Style Arc. I purchased these as a PDF, and, frankly, I’ll not be buying Style Arc patterns in that format again.
It was atrocious. Nothing lined up. At first I thought I’d printed it wrong and actually did a second print of it. Nope! It was only when I posted about my problems on Instagram that I discovered I wasn’t the only one who’d had issues with them.
It’s a shame. They draft such beautiful patterns. And this is the second trouser pattern of theirs that I’ve had success with. I’ll just stick with their printed patterns going forwards.
According to the Style Arc blurb, the Fifi Woven Pant is a:
Pull-on pant sewing pattern with a smooth front yoke, elastic back and side pockets. This new wide leg pant pattern gives you the option of 7/8th or full length. The Fifi Woven Pant is a simple pant to sew that will give you a sophisticated look.
I call them incredibly versatile secret pyjamas! Even though the linen does the whole crinkly thing, I still feel presentable wearing them. Today I dressed for a medical appointment, but I’ve also worn them with trainers for dog walking.
They’re incredibly easy to sew (unless you get yourself in a knot and sew them upside down), and I did minimal alterations to get this fit. I simply reshaped the front and back crotch curves, and added a little to the crotch length.
There’s a little bit of bunching around the tummy in these photos. That’s caused by the way my top is lying on the trousers. They actually have a really good fit. Certainly significantly better than any RTW trousers I’ve ever had. I could possibly tweak the crotch curves a tiny smidge more, but I think I’ll fall into the realms of overfitting, which seems pointless when I like these so much just the way they are.
So much so that I have another two pairs in the pipeline!