This post is ridiculously long overdue. I held it up because I wanted to take “proper” photos, but the reality of that happening at this point is very low. I will be making “proper” photos in the future for other versions, though.
I started my Style Arc Misty Jeans pretty close to the deadline for Alicia’s sewalong. It ended November 30th and I finished it that night and posted pictures on Instagram to add to her link party. I’m pretty pleased that I won that! I even got my Style Arc pattern prize already in the mail with their bonus monthly pattern, too! They included fabric samples and a woven Style Arc tag.
Tons more Style Arc for the future!
I made size 24 and only made one alteration to shorten the leg by 3 inches.
The fabric I used was a stretchy brown corduroy.
I pressed that faux zipper out the wrong way. I was tired. Haha. Luckily, I didn’t sew it down like that. SMH.
My topstitching was in regular green thread (it was a muslin – not wasting topstitching thread on a muslin) with a twin needle. I used my serger to sew most of the seams outside of topstitching. This is how they fit the moment I finished sewing them:
The pictures are a little dark and sans makeup and a nice top with my house flipflops on, but whatever.
Let’s talk fit. There is some extra room in the front crotch area that will need to be resolved. The side seam runs very nicely down the side of the pants, though.
The back is where most of my issues are…. I definitely need to change the pocket placement and bring them closer to the centre, increase back crotch length to accommodate a fuller bum, a full thigh adjustment, and a full calf adjustment. Since I am not a pants fitting expert by any means (first pair here yo!), what do you think about those adjustments or do you think there are others to add or I need to change my list up? I’m mainly going off a few pants fitting resources on the web via Fashionable Stitch and Sewaholic. Also, do you know of any pocket placement guide out there?
For my first pair of pants ever and a wearable muslin, I think the fit was pretty good the first time around. They are incredibly comfortable and have the exact issues that RTW pants would have on me. I’ve been wearing them a lot since making them.
This was also my very first Style Arc pattern. I’m actually really impressed with them and their size range. I love their style and, since they added the etsy shop for pdfs, I’ve been adding them to my pattern stash like crazy. I have a few more of their patterns planned out for the future.
As for the Misty Jeans, I have quite a few projects upcoming, but plan on making a couple of more pairs in February with one or more of these stretch jean fabrics in my stash:
I got the two on the right from my mom for Christmas. The one on the left is leftover from my floral bomber jacket.
I probably have enough fabric to make about five pairs of jeans!
The elastic waist made the Misty Jeans pretty easy, but I would like to try some real jeans in the future with a zipper. I’ve been eyeing the Jilly Jeans on the Style Arc website. I’m a straight leg jean person.
Other than the Misty Jeans, I also wanted to share another project that never got proper pictures. My latest Colette Myrtle dress in a bright orange tie dye fabric.
It’s incredibly seasonally inappropriate and the fabric is pretty thin and not entirely opaque…. Although, it’s really lovely fabric and has a silky feel to it. It’s a poly/rayon/spandex blend from Fabricland. I got it in August in Hamilton while meeting up with some fellow Sewcialists. The Myrtle dress is lined in the front for the cowl neckline so it works well to preserve modesty in a thinner fabric like this. I adore this dress. I kept the pockets off for whatever reason and regret that. I just miss having pockets, but they don’t lay super flat in this one. I’ve made the Myrtle dress before so this isn’t a full review. This is my first time making it with a knit, though. I really like it. My other dress in silk charmeuse is worn frequently. Definitely summer dresses, though.
I made size 3X, used my serger for most parts except topstitching the waistband. I also didn’t follow the instructions for the waistband and instead inserted it into the casing later. The first time I made this, the waistband was constructed as per the instructions: sew the elastic closed and then topstitch the casing down by stretching the elastic while you sew. It was a fiddly method and didn’t give me a lot of control.
Other than this dress, I’ve mostly been making presents for people. I will share those in the next few days now that they have all their presents, except for the two I just put in the mail today.
Lingerie Month is coming up at the Curvy Sewing Collective. I am gearing up for that and already have one bra made up using my cloned bra pattern; watch for an entry on that! I’m going to be sewing a bunch this week to get at least three more done by the end of the month and (hopefully) get my Monthly Stitch outfit done as well! Cross your fingers that I can do that! I’m going to be doing a review for the Maya bra pattern from AFI, too. I’m really excited to start contributing to CSC and it’s about time, too! I’ve been meaning to since last year and never quite got to it. Gillian is quite the encouragement for me to contribute. I definitely needed that!
- Pattern: Style Arc Misty Jeans
- Pros: Elastic waistband. Great first pants pattern. I thought the instructions were good. Although, they are brief, but the sewalong is a great resource for any questions you may have. Thanks, Alicia, for that!
- Cons: I think maybe the pocket placement is a little off, but I notice this is true of most jeans patterns once they get on a real butt so I can’t really take points away for that. It’s just something to think about when you are making them.
- Make again?: Abso-fucking-lutely.
- Rating: 5/5 stars
17 thoughts on “Style Arc Misty Jeans”
Congrats on making your first pair of pants! I still need to tackle that. And for a first pair they look good!
Also I love the Collette Myrtle dress. Beautiful color, looks fabulous on you!
Thanks so much, Danielle. 🙂 Pants aren’t nearly as complicated as I thought. I think zippered pants will be a little more complicated, but I make bras so it can’t possibly be like that!
I’m actually really pleased that colour for the Myrtle dress works on me. I’ve been wanting to wear it for a while, but was worried that it would clash with my skin colour, but it works. 😀
Those are pretty great for a first pair of pants and I think you’ve got a good handle on any tweaks to make in the future. Nicely done!
Thanks so much, Andrea. 🙂 I can’t wait to try making a zippered pair in the future. This is the year of stretching my skills. 🙂
Awesome!! How do you find the elastic waist on your misty jeans? That seems to be the only problem I have with mine in that I don’t like how it feels on my skin. I did finish and photograph mine, but they’re with a top I can’t share yet. I was thinking I need a higher rise and maybe to cover the elastic. They sure we’re an easy start with pants making. I can’t wait to see your next pair!
My main issue with the elastic is that I can’t find that width of elastic easily. The type I got was relatively soft on my skin. But since I can’t find it easily and it’s really expensive, I think I will be changing to an encased waistband for the future. Maybe I will post a tutorial about that once I do it. 🙂 I can’t wait to see yours! 😀 😀
Oh, well done! You didn’t get the fitting too far off at all. My first pair of trousers were far too tight. I’m also apprehensive about the current Ingres I’m making…
Thanks! 🙂 I hope those Gingers work out okay for you! I’m crossing my fingers. 😀
Ingres!? Make that Gingers…
Glad that you got your Misty Jeans posted. I plan on starting on the Jilly Jeans next week. Hopefully, I can work out some of my fitting issues! Love the color of that dress. Will that be honeymoon attire?
Oooh, I can’t wait to hear how the Jilly Jeans fit you. I’m pretty confident that Style Arc sizing is good for me. So I think I will also take the plunge with the Jilly Jeans in February/March. 😀
That dress is definitely going in my honeymoon attire. I think I need to make a planning post about that, because I have lingerie goals and dresses/skirts as well as a coat that will be able to take the weird weather in Northern Europe at that time. Oh my…. Hope I can get it done!
Well done! Your first pair! 🌟✨⭐️