Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Testing, testing: Sew Liberated Arenite Pants


Today I've got a fun new pair of pants to share with you: the Sew Liberated Arenite Pants!


If you like pockets, comfort and generally looking like a stylish bohemian, the new Arenite Pants from Sew Liberated are for you!


This is my tester verson of the Arenite pants, which are a slouchy, but still high-waisted woven pant.

The pant legs are constructed from 3 separate panels sewn together with flat-felled seams. The side panels have cool, oversized, exaggerated pockets that are impossible to keep yours hands out of...


Of course you can barely see these cool details because of the black fabric I chose, some Nicole Miller lyocell I picked up off the clearance rack at Joann. After working with it and loving it, I went back for more, but they were out of black. So I bought some of what they had left, which was a peachy pink. Project TBD for that cut of out-of-my-color-comfort-zone fabric!


This lyocell is not dissimilar from tencel twill, although maybe a bit lighter weight. But that same sandwashed silk look and feel (which, again, is impossible to see in these photos- sorry!).


I'm really delighted with the fit of the Arenite pants: slouchy, and yet not oversized (except those pockets!). I'm wearing them with a casual outfit here (Union St. Tee and Blackwood Cardigan), but I thought they looked pretty awesome dressed up with heels, too. I've tried them with my go-to wedge booties and my summer time go-to clog/sandal things, both with great success. 


And Meg at Sew Liberated has paired her Arenite pants with all sorts of layers, from casual to more dressed up. She is the queen of creative layering! Layering goals, right there. Go check out her Instagram feed for ideas.


I'll admit that I was apprehensive about the oversized pockets, worried they would look strange on me since I am well blessed in the thigh/hip department and my saddle bag zone is something I'm self-conscious about. But upon wearing them and looking at these photos, I think it's clear that the pockets are intentionally exaggerated and oversized. No one is going to mistake that volume for my hips. 


I also want to give a hearty shout-out to Meg at Sew Liberated for a pretty expansive size range. I hadn't sewn her patterns before and I wrongly assumed that they had the typical narrow indie range. But I was pleasantly surprised to see her patterns go up to a size 24 (48.5" bust, 51" hip), which is not too shabby! 


This pair is a size 18 and I'd say the pattern is true to size. 


To sum up up: the Arenite pants are fun, stylish and comfortable to wear. Furthermore, they are a delight to sew, as they are beginner friendly, but use some construction techniques that will keep a more advanced garment maker's attention!

Thanks to Meg for having me as a tester! 

17 comments:

  1. those look fabulous. I'd normally pass on these as I wear a 16/18 ish but they look so good on you I may have to add them to my queue. Lightweight fabrics yes? Like linen, tencel, or even a rayon maybe?

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    1. Yep! She recommends rayon challis, tencel twill, or silk noil.

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  2. I am excited for this pattern ever since I saw all the lovely versions on Instagram. Yours are fabulous.

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    1. Thanks, Annie! All of the versions Meg has been posting have been so beautiful... hard not to be seduced!

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  3. This pattern looks so cute and comfy! But man, is photographing black impossible or what? I wish I could see more details! Ah well.

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    1. Ha- sorry, Inder! My photography skills are middling, at best, and I have no idea how to show detail on black fabric without overexposing it! That's why I included the line drawing. And if you look at Meg's versions on Sew Liberated, her fabrics show off the details a bit better.

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  4. These look awesome on you! I didn't think I needed pants like these until seeing this pair, honestly. I love how you can dress them up or down!

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    1. Thanks so much! I wasn't sure I needed them until I put them on!

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  5. These look so comfortable! I love the pockets.

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    1. So comfy! And the pockets are fabulous!

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  6. Gorgeous! I bought the pattern once I saw your version :)

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    1. Thanks!! Looking forward to seeing yours!

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  7. You look adorable in these; they are super cute! If I thought they'd look as cute on me, I'd sew up a pair. Maybe I'll try them, I could certainly use some pants sorcery.

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  8. These look amazing and the fabric you have used looks perfect for the drape aspect of these pants. Tempted but this would be way out of my comfort zone.

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  9. These look fantastic on you? I am curious about the waistline. Is that one piece of wide elastic that is sewn over vertically? Or several (3?) narrow pieces inserted into casing? Thanks!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, the former- it's one wide piece of elastic, and then you sew over the top of the casing and elastic at the end to secure it so it doesn't flip or roll in the casing.

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