After seeing the success that other people were having with the Style Arc Linda pants, I decided to see for myself what all the gushing was about.
Style Arc is an independent pattern company from Australia, that designs RTW styles, with RTW fit. They also very helpfully include a sample of their recommended fabric with their patterns, so that you have an idea of the weight and stretch of the fabric they suggest if you want to substitute, or if their recommendation is a bit ‘lost in translation’.
The Linda pant is a pull-on style most often seen here (and in Australia) made in bengaline, and that is the fabric recommended here.
To keep in the spirit of what was intended, and because frankly, I find them very comfortable, I made mine up in RPL* bengaline which I found on the clearance table at Spotlight for a slightly unbelievable $3 a metre.
The only alteration I made was to add 1cm to the front waist, as that is where my extra waist ‘fluff’ resides, and shortened them by 3 1/2 cm. For reference I started with a size 16.
|Yes, I am standing on the side of my bath!
While I am reasonably happy with the fit, there is still something slightly hinky going on with my crotch seam, which I suspect has more to do with my fluffy tummy than the pattern.
As it is, I can’t complain. These essentially fit straight out of the packet, and they are acceptable enough to wear out of the house, though if anyone has an idea on how I might improve the fit, I’m open to ideas.