The fabric is a little wild I know but it was all I had with me to do a test pair of the Talia pants. The fabric has a pattern of waves on them, cotton broadcloth, and are just fine IMO for walking on the beach looking at the waves. My version of camo. You won't even know I am there.
This is a new pant shape for me and I wanted to try them out before I cut into the beautiful rayon I ordered in from Hart fabrics - that pair will be posted soon too.
As always this pattern is available from Stylearc in paper or you can download directly through Gumroad through this link.
When you compare the cotton to the rayon you will see why the rayon, or something drapey, is best for these pants, but even still these are incredibly comfortable pants in cotton and I don't mind the print at all. Not all occasions are dress events.
I have that flashy streak anyway and the dress code among campers is not as high as you probably think it is.
Back to what you are really interested in.
I made a size 12 and added my usual 1/2" to the centre front and 1 1/2" to centre back to accommodate my belly and backside respectively. Apart from that there are no alterations. I am posting a lot of pictures here because I think the cotton pair actually gives you a good idea of what the pattern pieces look like.
One construction note.
The front is flat and interfaced, the back has an elastic insertion that is top-stitched in rows.
I did the first round as per pattern but found it was hard to assess how the elastic would feel attached to the front (you make up the two units and attach them) so round two sewed the front and back pieces together at the side seams, basted the back elastic in at the side seams, tried it on for fit, closed the waistline seam of this waist unit (basted raw edges together in other words) then top-stitched a few rows through the elastic as I was supposed to.
The completed waistband is then just attached to the top of the pants, which I have to tell you is easier if you are not sewing in the dark.
So here we go, with notes:
Elastic waist back so of course there are gathers, more discrete in the rayon, but not too bunchy IMO
One of the surprises of these pants for me was how high the waist is. Been a long time since I had a waistband that started at the top of my navel. Forgot how comfortable that is.
My partner in crime wondering why we are not on our way to a walk.
Not sure why I am listing like this, although I was on a dock, but am not going to query the photographer who is, after all, and excellent cook. Thought you would want to see the leg shape and of course my worst side view.
Another shot of the leg shape but that is not the point. There is a winter parking ban at home in Nova Scotia
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