Style Arc Lola Pants

Yes, another video. After getting frustrated with how fussy and unreliable my old Mini-DV camcorder was getting I upgraded to the Panasonic HC-V750K. It is easy to use and the quality is sooo much nicer than my old camcorder was. It has HD, the color is much more vibrant and accurate than my old camcorder was, and it does better in low light conditions too.

Here’s some photos:

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The Lola pants are a pattern for silky track pants, which are very trendy right now.Lately lots of celebrities have been pairing them with heels and wearing them to events or when they call the photographers before leaving their house get papped. You could also use rayon challis, or any other lightweight fabric with lots of drape. They have an elastic waistband which sits at the waist and is stitched in place with two rows of topstitching. The hem has elastic at the back cuff only. One of the neatest features about these pants is that instead of having elastic all around they have a flat panel at the front waist. It is great for eliminating bulk at the front waist and makes the pants look nicer if you pair them with a tucked-in top. There’s also slash pockets which have zippers, but I chose to leave out the zips.

I used a “hammered” silk charmeuse. It is best described as a silk charmeuse with hail damage :). I had it stashed since December 2012 because after I got it I decided I didn’t like it for a blouse. The texture made it perfect for pants!

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As I mentioned above I left out the pocket zippers. For this pair I also lowered the rise 1.5″ because I wanted to wear them with cropped tops.

My fitting adjustments were:

  • Lengthened the legs 2″
  • Took in the waist 2″
  • Lengthened the front crotch extension 3/8″ and the back extension 3/4″
  • Removed 1/4″ from the top of the front crotch curve
  • Added 3/8″ width to the front inseam, and 1/4″ to the back inseam starting from the hip downward.  (I found these a bit snug through the leg while seated.)
  • 3/8″ adjustment to the front crotch curve where I removed from the center front and added the width back at the sides. Refer to this post.

I had my doubts about this style but after reading numerous posts Angie wrote on You Look Fab about how silky track pants and other “slouchy” pants styles work well on pear-shaped figures I decided to give them a try. My legs are not my best feature—especially my knees—and these skim over everything without being too wide. They’re comfortable from a fabrication/ease perspective and also easier to wear in some ways than traditional wide-leg drawstring/gathered pants styles, which is my normal go-to style for warmer weather. One issue that always annoyed me with wide leg pants is that if I wore them with sandals I was constantly getting the hem caught between my foot and the insole of my shoe. With these the narrow leg and elastic keep everything out of the way.

A styling tip: with the gathered waistband I noticed the back looks best with regular bikini/brief/hipster panties and not thongs. Otherwise the fabric can, ah, “settle” and make it look like your butt is eating your pants. NOT a good look! If you are worried about VPL then I recommend trying these. They offer smoothness without the constriction of Spanx.

Here’s a video of the rooster. I tried to tease him a little to show his “badass” mode ;)

Organizing

In an attempt to introduce some order into my sewing space my dad built me a shelf and attached it to the back wall of my sewing area yesterday.

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The wood is actually straight; the wide angle of the iPhone lens is makes it appear curved.

Not even 5 minutes after I started putting things in it…

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Clyde always has to check out new things and see what is going on! I heard he was sitting on the table watching my parents very intently while they were putting the shelf up, and when my dad was building it he sat there watching him the entire time. Sometimes I think Clyde worked in construction in a previous life. Meanwhile nothing makes his sister Bonnie happier than “helping” me cut something out.

I was able to get some stuff up off the floor and now I have all of my Style Arc pattern binders in one place. My dad said “do whatever you want to it, I just used some junk wood” so we’re working on adding nails and/or hooks for hanging rulers and scissors and possibly making some sort of extension of the shelf to fit into the corner. He’s also going to hang my thread rack inside one of my closet doors so the cats can’t get at it.

Now I just need to work harder at reducing my stash. I’m at the point where I have enough fabric to open my own store. In my room I have nine 18″x24″ (45×60)  storage containers stacked in various places, an 18″x36″ (45x90cm) footlocker, and 3 underbed storage containers plus multiple boxes and Mood totes full of fabric. Plus more is squished wherever I can fit it, and of course there’s more containers of patterns, supplies, etc. I’ve got a few more boxes in the basement too. Now you see why I struggle making things look orderly in there! I don’t regret most of my purchases though. Many of them were fantastic deals and if I went out to purchase the same thing now I would either not be able to find it, or it would be much more expensive. I still buy fabric, but instead of being something pretty to add to the “someday” collection it usually falls under one of the following categories:

  • I need it for a specific project
  • it is a great fabric in an unusual color (cobalt blue/royal purple/bright pink wool crepe, a vibrantly colored wool coating)
  • It was something on sale that can be difficult to find affordably on a regular basis (lambskin, merino wool jersey, good quality ponte, 4-way stretch fleece, 4-ply silk crepe, silk jersey).

Anyone else attempting to do “spring cleaning” in their sewing area? Is your stash also in danger of turning into an avalanche of fabric and collapsing on you one day? ;)