My measurements put my waist at a size 14 and my hips at a 12. I fussed around for a bit about what size to use since Style Arcs are one size. But then I was honest with myself and figured out that my larger waist doesn't instantly become a smaller hip and that my stomach was probably a 14 too.
So these are straight out of the envelope, or in this case, straight off the dining room table where I stuck together all those little papers from my printer (made an Etsy purchase) in size 14.
The lovely fashion drawing of this picture is a bit deceptive unless you have a lovely fashion drawing body. I found the pleats at the front waist added a bit to the middle but really weren't the full down the leg pleats I remember from the last time I made pleated pants.
As to the question of whether or not they could be made in ponte, the answer is no, these were made in a lovely bamboo single knit from Patch Halifax, where I do some teaching, and they really need the drape.
Trudy pointed out yesterday that a person who had a larger waist could in fact just leave out the pleats (that might make them work in ponte) with a hip sized pattern. Just at thought and I might try that.
I also want to point out that yes I know there are a few diagonal wrinkles coming up from the centre crotch, but being a person who has spent about 10,000 hours looking at pants fitting problems there are a few issues that are about some body shapes in pants and not about the pattern. Women who have large abdomens (runs in my family all relatives who read this can back me up on that) and thinner legs are not going to eliminate the excess fabric at the top of the front of their legs without articulating the belly shape. I should know.
So from that point of view I would say the previously mentioned wrinkles are more because of the previously mentioned issue than otherwise.
And I have worn a shorter T shirt with these pictures for educational purposes but would wear something longer in real life of course.
So all that said here are my Lucinda shots:
|Imagine these is a longer top. Please.|
|Good thing no one I know will see these shots. Just everyone on the www. What I do in the name of education is unbelievable.|
|And here we go again. I know you want to see these close ups before you sew these yourself. You are counting on me.|
|A close-up of the pleats on me. |
In the next few days I am going to show them again with some longer T shirts I have made, so only the legs will show, and I think you will see what I mean about them being real favourite pants.
For comparison I am also going to show you a bit of an experiment I did with the Barb pants trying to narrow the bottom of the leg. Not totally successful as when I tapered in the leg I sacrificed more than I should have over the hip so I think I might take another crack at this idea.
The fabric is a stretch woven, so they are more comfortable than they look, but no where near as comfortable as the Lucinda.
At any rate I am going to find these pants really handy when I eventually run away to join the circus.
But maybe not before:
|Yup off to the circus.|
|The only appropriate comment here is OMG.|
I tried the banana for breakfast diet you know. For two bananas. Then Trudy showed up yesterday after having swung by the nice German bakery. Enough said. I felt more like myself with breakfast I have to say.