I actually won this tencel in a giveaway over a year ago, and I was so excited when it arrived and I waited and waited for the perfect pattern came along, and in the end I pushed away my thoughts about ‘pants shouldn’t be light colours’ (after all, my most worn pants are natural coloured linen Glebe Pants)! and cut in to this gorgeous fabric.
Fabric Use: I think I had won about 2 metres of this fabric, but it was a very generous cut of fabric. I know I can squeeze a pair of these our of 2 metres of 150cm wide fabric (but I might need to piece together the waistband rather than cut it on the fold), so I’ve got enough of this fabric left for a wee scrap-buster project.
I’m using Me Made May to take daily outfit photos and I’ve pledged to wear no repeat outfits for the month. I’m excited to use the challenge to explore pairing my pants with different (and perhaps surprising colour combinations)!
The Willandra Pants are the newest pattern that Leila and I have released as Muna and Broad! These pants are our ‘fancy work pants’ and call for fabric with lots of drape.
Apologies for the over- edited photos, but I tried to lighten the pictures up so you could see my side-seams as the diagonal side seam which wraps around the body is kind of the highlight here (in addition to the extra-fancy look).
The tencel wasn’t slippery to sew with and it didn’t fray or stretch over my hems. That’s great news because the diagonal seam means the edge of the pants is mostly on the bias, and over-handling could lead to a lot of stretching out.
I have a 56″ hip and I make a Size 1 in the Muna and Broad pants patterns (conveniently our sample size. These pants are definitely the most fitted of any of our pants, and I also made sure the elastic was super tight back there, as there’s nothing worse than gapey pants.
I love that these pants have the same excellent fit for me, straight out of the packet. I didn’t make any changes to the pattern other than adding bias tape around the edges of my pocket bags for some extra fanciness.
I was able to squeeze my Size 1 pants out of 2 metres of fabric by the pattern pieces out with the fabric on the flat (not folding the fabric over to cut out two mirrored pieces at once. You could potentially achieve the same results by folding the fabric in the opposite direction to usual- one of the leg pieces is much wider than the other, and depending on your size, I think it would be a struggle to fit those across the width of the fabric
Closet Case Patterns have released their Cielo, Pietra & Fiore patterns in their extended size range
The new size range for Closet Case goes up to a size 30, or 58″ bust and 61″ hip. To find this info on their website, select ‘details’ because they don’t include the size details of the extended sizing in the images (as they do for their original size range).
I’ve got a pair of these jeans mostly cut out, and now just need to find the time to sew them up!
The Lichen Duster from Sew Liberated is available up to size 30 (or 57″ hip) and is the largest size so far released by Sew Liberated
There are some great photos of the coat worn in versatile ways (including as a wrap dress of sorts). Check out these versions from Meg and Jacqueline! It’s also well worth a look through the instragram hashtag
For this week, I’ve decided to do a roundup of some of the past roundups of plus-size sewing patterns, and I’ve added in more inspiration links from makers if there’s been some making since I shared this pattern!
Free Jumpsuit Patterns from the Rational Dress Society don’t use their size finder to step you through assigning you a size, it’s best to take a look at their size charts. Check out their #RejectChoice hashtag
The Belemnite Dress
The Belemnite Dress from Marilla Walker is the first release of the new extended size range from Marilla Walker at a 58″ bust and 60″ hip