A while back I ordered a few patterns from StyleArc. One of which was the Jennifer City Shorts. I had planned to make them for my cruise in February, but because the mail was running slow I was not able to get them made. Now, I am glad that I didn't waste my pre-cruise sewing time!
|The front of the shorts|
|The back of the shorts|
They do look like the drawing on the pattern (albeit a much wider version)! You might be wondering why I am not wearing them in these pictures, and we will get to that shortly.
|Photo from StyleArc.com|
My current measurements are 52-52-64. The size 30 from StyleArc is supposed to fit a waist of 50.5 inches and hips up to 61 inches.
|Size Chart information from StyleArc.com|
In light of this size discrepancy, I added four inches total to the hips, and went ahead with two inches at the waist, because an extra half inch at the waist ain't gonna hurt nobody. Is it weird that I now have Kid N' Play songs running through my head?
Anyway, when I was cutting the pattern out, the pattern pieces seemed small to me, but I was thinking they were going to be short from the waist to the crotch, not too narrow. Lo and behold I get enough of the shorts together to pull them on, and they won't go over my thighs. Wah, wah, wahhhhhhhhh!
I laid them out flat and measured them, and with my four inches added at the hips the shorts were still only 60 inches at the hips. Had I not added in the extra width, they would have only been 56 inches ya'll! That is five inches of negative ease in a pattern made specifically for wovens.
I contacted StyleArc to find out if maybe the pattern had printed wrong, or to at least give them a chance to explain the discrepancy, but as of the date of this publishing I have not heard back. If I do hear back, I will update you all with the information.
As a curvy diva on the high end of most plus size patterns, I was stoked to see that all of StyleArc's patterns are offered up to a size 30. Now, I am left wondering if the other patterns that I ordered are even going to fit. I will definitely measure the pattern dimensions before cutting in to my fabric next time.
But the pattern did have some cute details so let's highlight a few of those.
Here we have a great slit at the bottom of each of the legs on the outter thigh. I really like this detail and will use it in other patterns that I make. It is really a simple detail to create, but it gives the shorts that little extra bit of something.
I bias bound the waist facing with a contrasting blue to match another detail I will show in a minute. This was a fantastic fly zipper insertion. Instead of following anyone's tutorial (they were all making my head spin), I kind of reverse engineered it, and I am pleased as punch with how it turned out.
The slash pockets were lined with a cotton from my stash that was a great match for the twill, and I thought the addition of the royal blue polka dots made for a cute detail! This was why I chose to use the royal blue bias binding on the waist facing. I had a cute royal blue button to match too, but I was so mad about the fit, that I decided to throw on a shell button and save the royal one.
On a side note, the metal zipper, bias binding, and button I had planned to use were all from my stash of vintage notions.
This has to be one of the best button holes my machine has produced thus far! Drats!!! I did not sew the waist facing down in the manner suggested. Instead I tacked it at the side seams and at the fly.
For those of you who have not sewn with StyleArc patterns before, one thing you need to be aware of (aside from the fit issue); StyleArc patterns do not come with a lot of directions. There are directions, they are just very vague. If you are a newbie, this might be a bit intimidating. I found it refreshing to not have my hand held and actually have to think about how the pattern went together and figure some things out on my own. I would even go as far as to say I like this style of directions. I actually had to use my brain.
If I were to make these shorts again, I would add faux welt pockets to the back of the shorts. With the yoke waist in the back there is a whole lot of real estate back there that needs a little something to break things up...if you know what I mean!
I am going to hold on to these shorts, as my size tends to float around a bit. Maybe by June or July they will fit, and I won't feel like all is lost.
This is how I rate the pattern:
So tell me friends, have any of you sewn a plus size StyleArc pattern before? If so, what were your results? One other little thing, I am on Instagram now...follow me @pandorasews