As promised a highly scientific examination of the differences between three Stylearc patterns, the Becky Yoga, the Elle and the Barb. The thing about the Stylearc pants is they fit an amazing variety of shapes - due I think to some great drafting and an excellent crotch curve.
With of course the requisite quick and dirty shots in my basement done by my quick and relatively clean spouse who always seems to be on his way to other projects here we are.
The theme of this review is : the degree of stretch is the factor determining success.
Each of these pants has been made by me in a stretch fabric that was not the right degree of stretch for that pattern and I produced either a wadder or something too uncomfortable to wear.
Each of these patterns was also made by me in fabric with the right degree of stretch and I had great success.
My assessment of what fabric worked with what pattern seemed to me to be worth passing on.
The Becky Yoga pant:
The first pair I made was in what I thought was a highly stretchy light ponte knit in which 4" of fabric stretched to about 6".
I could barely fit one leg into the first leg I sewed up and the centre front came no where near the actual centre front.
On an impulse I grabbed the most stretchy knit I had on hand, in purple no less, a rayon interlock that stretched 100% , meaning that 4" stretched easily to 8".
The result was a highly comfortable pair of purple yoga pants that I will be wearing in the basement to do my so- called exercises and no where else.
Here is the general shape of these pants on a hanger:
Here are these pants on my general shape:
|Yes I know but no one is going to see these except you and www. I will do anything for education. Note these pants have a nice high waistline.|
The Elle pant:
This time I used a cotton/lycra terry with 50% stretch and am super happy with them as skinny pants. I have them on now and they are perfect for blogging.
Here they are on a hanger, you can see the leg shape:
And on me:
|Husband decided the black pants didn't show up so he threw an old cotton sheet over the family photos. Who am I to argue with a man with a camera in his hand and better things to do?|
On the hanger:
And on me:
Now back to the lab.