Monday, November 27, 2017

Fitting a Potential TNT: Style Arc Elle Pant

After writing up my epic TNT sewing pattern round-up for the Sewcialists blog earlier in the month, I was inspired to try a pattern that many others consider a TNT: the Style Arc Elle Pant.

This slim pull-on pant, designed to be made in a stretch woven, is a favorite wardrobe staple of many bloggers. Not quite leggings, but serving a similar purpose, these sleek pants pair well with a variety of tops.

The fabric I used is some black "refined ponte" from Joann Fabric. After using this material for my Halloween costume, I knew it would work pretty well for pants, as it's both thick and stretchy, with great recovery. It's almost scuba-like.

I made a size 18. I love the fit at the top of the pant: snug, high enough to suck in my love handles and not slip down. 

However, there are a couple of fit issues that I need help to diagnose and fix. I think with a pant as simple as this, it's worth trying to fix the issues for the next time I make them and elevate this pattern to a TNT for me. I've been perusing pants fitting resources to try to diagnose the issues, but would love your opinion.

I'm sharing some overexposed close-ups of my butt (oh, the things I do for fit). Please excuse the dust print on my butt; I think I briefly leaned against the wall and got some dirt on there.

1. The under butt/inner thigh area. Can you see the wrinkles? Low seat? Full thigh? Something else I'm not even thinking of?

 2. The knee area wrinkles. Full calf? Knock knee?

 Help me, sewing friends!