Here we are in May (how did that happen?!), and it feels good to kick off Me Made May with a new pair of pants.
2018 is definitely shaping up to be the year of the pants for me, I think! It feels so good to be rounding out my handmade wardrobe with an increasing collection of bottoms to wear with all those tops!
My latest pair of pants are the gorgeous Arenite Pants by Sew Liberated. I bought the pattern on release day, and just now finally got around to making them.
Originally I planned to make my first pair in black linen, but when I pulled out my stash (I bought about 5m each of white, black and grey linen in Jakarta before we left last year), I didn’t quite have enough left for the Arenites. Sad panda!
Determined to get this pair of pants out of my stash without needing to go shopping I delved back into my cupboard and came up with a bundle of mystery fabric that I picked up in a teeny craft store in an equally teeny regional town while we were road tripping around south western Victoria over the new year break.
I have NO idea what the fibre content is. I tried doing a burn test, but it was my first time trying it and I didn’t really come away feeling particularly enlightened. I think it might have worked better if I’d taken the time to carry out some control burns on known fabrics before I got stuck into the unknown! It would have given me a better idea of what I was looking at. Anyway, there’s still time to go back to it in the future, so we’ll see!
At any rate, whatever the fabric is, it is gorgeous. It has a lovely soft sheen to it in the light and it feels gorgeous against my skin. There was about 4m in the bundle, and I still have a decent piece left, so I’ll have to consider what to make with the rest of it!
The Arenite pattern was very easy to follow, and these pants really came together quite quickly! They’re slightly reminiscent of the Elizabeth Suzann Clyde Pants (a little drapier and looser than those, perhaps?), and I’m already considering a pair in a heavier fabric that I can hopefully wear into the cooler months. I wonder how they would go in a heavier fabric, has anyone tried it yet?!
As far as mods go, I didn’t make any. Zip. Nada.
Size-wise, my measurements suggested a 6 at the waist and a 10 at the hip. I wasn’t in the mood for grading between sizes so after a quick look at the finished garment measurements I decided to just split the difference and made a straight 8. I’m really happy with the overall fit and they’re easy to pull on and off over my hips. The only change I’ll make next time will be to scoop out the front crotch curve a little.
Pattern: Arenite Pants by Sew Liberated
Fabric: Mystery fabric from a small regional craft shop
Notions: 2″ waistband elastic
Cost: $12 (Fabric) + $9.42 (Pattern) + = $21.42