Monday, February 8, 2016

Pinstripe Barb Pant

I apologize in advance for what is a fairly boring post: a pair of pants that I have made before, in a color that is difficult to photograph!


A review of all of my 2015 hand-made items reminded me how much I love the Style Arc Barb's Stretch Pant pattern. Also, it just won one of Pattern Review's Best Patterns of 2015 awards, so it appears I am not the only on who loves it!


They're so quick to make, so simple... and totally wearable! I love the sleekness of the pants and the secret elastic waistband. I wear the grey pair I made earlier in the year all the time. It was high time I made another pair.


Luckily, some delightful fabric found its way into my stash over the holidays. This stretch pinstriped fabric is from Tessuti in Melbourne, purchased 50% off (yesssss!) when I was there during their Christmas sale. Honestly, I cannot remember the fabric content...  at the time I think I was a bit star-struck from running into the lovely Lara from Thornberry, who was then kind enough to organize and invite me to a Boxing Day cocktail hour with some ladies from the delightful Melbourne-area sewing crew (hi, ladies!!!). Anyway, the fabric is stretchy and a bit squishy/spongey. It's a little bit unusual in that the stretch runs perpendicular to the selvage.


Not much to say about the construction: same as last time, I cut the size closest to my hip and tightened the waist elastic just slightly to be in line with my measurement there.


You can't argue with office-appropriate secret pajamas, now, can you?

Again, sorry for the terrible, overexposed photos... black is the worst!! I'm wearing them with my Sewaholic Yaletown blouse here, but you can see these Barb pants in action in my Three's a Charm jacket post, too, if you're interested.

20 comments:

  1. Pull on pants 4 eva! They look like great trousers for work!

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    1. I second that sentiment! They are great for work- wore them yesterday... so comfy!

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  2. They look great on you Meg. I love the blouse too, must have missed that the first time around.

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    1. thanks, Masha! I like the blouse, too, even after my initial complaining about it. I will take some of the blousing out next time if I make it again.

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  3. I have this pattern cut and ready to go. Thanks for the review. Quick to make and looks great, a winning combination :)

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    1. So quick and so comfy! Can't wait to see yours, Rhonda!

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  4. This seems like the way to start with sewing trousers ... They look great on you, and must be so practical!

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    1. Thanks, Inder! They're so easy and so wearable. I adore them.

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  5. I have printed this pattern but I haven't taped it together yet. Better get on to that. They look great on you, especially flattering from the rear too!

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    1. Thanks, Claire! I hope you like the pattern as much as I do!

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  6. Great pants. These are a work wardrobe staple for me. I must make some more as mine are getting a bit shabby.

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    1. They are quickly becoming a work wardrobe staple for me, too! Did you see that Style Arc released a new version of the Barb Pant with some new seaming? Beth: http://www.stylearc.com.au/stylearc/index.php?page=shop.product_details&category_id=2&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=911&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=42

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  7. You always make great pants, Meg! Plus, they pair ability with your Yaletown blouse!

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    1. Thanks, Tanya! These are my favorite pants. They're the non-pant pants. ;-)

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  8. I love the Style Arc pull on pants - i live in Elle's for work. These look great!

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    1. They're so great, aren't they?! Pull on pants for life.

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  9. These look so awesome and I bet they are comfy too!

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  10. These look great Meg. (that blouse!!!) A perfect fit!! I am in desperate need of a good pants pattern and maybe this is the one. I hate making pants so I need something easy!

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  11. These pants are very flattering on you!

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