Style Arc Claudia Stretch Woven Pant

Pants! Is there anything harder to fit than pants? Easy to sew, hard to fit properly.

Style Arc CLAUDIA PANT patern





Dear readers, I am in heaven. I stitched up a pair of Style Arc Claudia pants last week before heading to my annual fall sewing retreat. I decided I would throw caution to the wind and cut them out exactly as drafted. I know how to live life on the edge, right? 😉

I did lengthen the legs by 2 inches, because my legs-that-really-belong-to-a-six-footer ALWAYS require that I add a few inches to my skirts and pants. Always. Oh, and I also added about 1/4 inch to the back crotch point length, because you cannot add that alteration after-the-fact, and my ever-so-slightly-chunky-thighs often need a touch more room than most pants patterns allow. So shoot me, I did make a couple of eensy-weensy pattern changes.

For my test pair I used a beefy stretch knit – think heavy Ponte weight fabric. Despite the fact that the pattern name says stretch woven, the fabric sample Style Arc attaches to their patterns is clearly a stretch knit. I used this fabric because I am in stash-bustin’ mode, and I wasn’t going to cry if they didn’t work out. Low bar, eh?

These pants stitched up in a flash. They really are a project that can be completed in an afternoon. A seam down the center front for a little visual interest, a dart up the bottom of the back leg for shaping, a few darts at the waist, an invisible zip and a facing and DONE!

After a quick try-on I determined that all women in Australia are clearly over six feet tall, since the extra 2 inches I had added were totally unnecessary. First clue that this pattern was drafted entirely differently than U.S. counterparts (or is that counterPANTS? hehe). Waist fit was good, the front looked perfect, so I checked the dreaded rearview in the mirror last. Amazingly, a few smiles under the seat were the only thing off in the fit. A quick scoop of the back crotch fixed that problem, and my pants FIT! This was confirmed by my ASG sewing buddies at the retreat last weekend, and trust me, they are a tough crowd to please.

Beefy Ponte Claudia pant








So there you have it. A smidge more length added to the back crotch point and a small scoop of the back crotch, and voilà – PANTS THAT FIT. Those designers down under know how to rock the pants patterns!

Happy sewing!


6 Responses to Style Arc Claudia Stretch Woven Pant

  1. I’ve made one of their jacket patterns – I love their designs and you’ve inspired me to make the pants. How high waisted are they? I think I look a bit better with not too much waist showing (low bust!)

    • I have a jacket started too Lynn – REALLY love their designs and the fit. Much, much closer to ready to wear!

      The technical drawing looks like they are high-waisted – but they really are not. On me they sit right at my waist. Good luck!!

  2. Maris – what a great post and how exciting to find success when you took a big risk. Thank you for inspiring and reminding me to take risks and that they can produce positive, useful results.

    I’m intrigued. The back crotch point where you added length, is that at the
    1. back waist
    2. point where the front crotch and back crotch meet at the center of the body / start of the inseam area?

    Thanks for taking the time to reply and clarify.

    • Thanks Gwen!! I added about 3/8 of an inch on the crotch curve at the inseam. Then I blended a new line from the end of my extension down into the upper thigh area of the back leg. So the consequence of this adjustment adds a bit more length going over the bum, and a bit more width in the back upper thigh area. Hope that makes sense, and good luck on your next risk-taking adventure! 😉

  3. Ooooh, nice! I have heard good things about the Style Arc patterns. How do the pants/trousers look on with no pockets? I find often pants with no pockets sometimes, do not leave me with a nice shape.

    • Thanks Catja! I think pants without pockets can make you look slimmer – less fabric/bulkiness. There is the annoyance factor of no pockets, but with the center front seam and slim style I think these look better without. I am going to try some other Style Arc pants that do have pockets – I will report!

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