Style Arc Willow

27 Jan Style Arc Willow

“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.”  A. A. Milne

Had I known organizing my sewing room would result in a two-week hiatus from sewing AND blogging, I bet I would still be in the midst of a huge mess declaring I couldn’t take the time needed to bring order and modest aesthetic appeal to my cluttered space. I reached a good stopping point and expect to finish up over the next few weeks with pictures forthcoming.

At last I can sew in pleasant surroundings!

Last year I made five pairs of pants.
The first pair was a learning experience leading me to discover Style Arc patterns – in particular Style Arc pants patterns. After successfully sewing the Elle slim stretch and Leah Lounge pants, I ordered the Linda stretch and Willow woven cigarette pants; two patterns I rediscovered while cleaning.

Pants are my winter wardrobe staple and it was time to make more. I don’t know why but  a fear of sewing ill-fitting pants continues to haunt me. I settled on the Willow woven cigarette pants.


Any pant that is described as looking  “amazing worn with heels or with flats” seemed like my kind of pant AND it sits on the real waistline!


I used this brocade fabric I bought at Mood Fabrics in November.  The fabric, with a nice hand and smooth finish on the back did not require lining. In the photo above I’m wearing the pants with a silk blouse I made in August with this Oscar de la Renta dimpled silk from Mood Fabrics, but the brocade works well with my everyday sweaters and shoes too.

IMG_0336Although I made a muslin for fitting purposes I made no adjustments other than the in the length. Everything about the pattern worked for me making for a thrilling sewing experience 🙂

Style Arc collage

I had forgotten how easy it is to make a pair of pants when fitting is not an issue – three pattern pieces and a zipper.

In the past I have tried many pants patterns, and I can say that the Style Arc pants patterns are designed for my shape – I’ve found gold!

When someone tells me she has lost her sewing mojo, I recommend  sewing something easy and familiar in a new fabric……. and now I’ll certainly know where to turn!

Best wishes to all 🙂



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  • Lori
    Posted at 23:03h, 27 January Reply

    You do have a winner, those pants look great. I see many more in your future 🙂

  • carolinascallin
    Posted at 23:07h, 27 January Reply

    Love the Style Arc patterns and can’t wait to try the several I purchased 🙂 Lucky you with a newly organized sewing room! I’ve just done my office, but haven’t melded my sewing room into it successfully yet. Can’t wait to see your pictures – maybe I’ll be inspired!

    Happy organizing and sewing!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:39h, 28 January Reply

      Thank you, Cheryl! Hope you love the Style Arc patterns as much as I do. My sewing room is definitely a DIY but it’s working nicely for me! Love the last dress you made too. Would you believe I’ve been out of a computer too? My MacBook Pro completely crashed making it hard to do much blogging (shared husband’s computer) until this weekend 🙂

  • Redd's Threads
    Posted at 23:19h, 27 January Reply

    Those are fantastic! I have yet to master pants. They’re on my list for 2013. I’ve heard and seen great things about Style Arc patterns, but have yet to try one. I need to add a few to my stash!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:40h, 28 January Reply

      Thank you, Robin! I give Style Arc a huge endorsement. 🙂

  • Dilliander
    Posted at 23:19h, 27 January Reply

    These fit so well and look fantastic in the brocade! Lovely pattern + lovely fabric = win win 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:41h, 28 January Reply

      Many thanks, Dilliander! Next, I need to learn to make blouses like YOU!

  • CherryPix
    Posted at 23:53h, 27 January Reply

    Hmmm…I have the same fear of making ill fitting pants…but with just 3 pieces and a great fit like yours, I think I’ll invest in one of these beauties. Style Arc has a great reputation for spot on fit.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:43h, 28 January Reply

      Thank you, Cherry Pix 🙂 If I lived in Australia I would own many more Style Arc patterns! Hopefully they’ll be distributed in the US one day.

  • Shams
    Posted at 23:55h, 27 January Reply

    I *love* the fit of Style Arc pants. Those look great and fit beautifully!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:52h, 28 January Reply

      L O V E is the appropriate word here for me too 🙂 Many thanks for writing!

  • jillybe
    Posted at 00:33h, 28 January Reply

    Looking both casual and chic – love it! Some more Style Arc pants are on my short list as well – I’m continually amazed at how well they fit so many different body types!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:53h, 28 January Reply

      Thank you, Jilly! Chloe is one great pattern drafter ( I think that’s the right word 🙂 )

  • Pam from South Australia
    Posted at 01:34h, 28 January Reply

    Love them. Have just ordered a couple of Style Arc patterns (not pants, though). Will save them for our winter.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:55h, 28 January Reply

      Many thanks, Pam! If I lived in Australia, I have a feeling I would own lots more Style Arc patterns. I hoping they will be distributed in the US one day 🙂

  • Gail
    Posted at 02:52h, 28 January Reply

    They look great. Particularly like the look with ballet flats.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:57h, 28 January Reply

      Thanks, Gail! I too, like the look with ballet flats so much, I’m tempted to buy another pair 🙂

  • Vicki
    Posted at 02:56h, 28 January Reply

    Great fit and I love the fabric. Pretty cool!

  • Calico Stretch
    Posted at 04:05h, 28 January Reply

    I have just found the joy of a newly TNT pants pattern too so I know just what you mean. Great trousers are a wonderful thing that is rarely (if ever) found in RTW. Thank goodness for sewing :o)

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:00h, 28 January Reply

      Thank you! I “bought” a pair of black silk pants at Christmas which I did not wear because the fit wasn’t just right. After three weeks, I returned them for a refund determined to make my own pants from here on. You said it well – thank goodness for sewing 🙂

  • Ann-Britt Uhrbom
    Posted at 04:49h, 28 January Reply

    I really need to organize my sewingroom too. I´m just mobilizing the courage to get started and know it will feel great afterwards. Last week I bought a Burda Pattern in purpose to make a pair (perhaps several) of cigarette pants. Hope this pattern will fit as good as yours. I´ve never heard about Style Arc Pattern here in Sweden, but I´m going to Google it.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:02h, 28 January Reply

      Many thanks, Ann-Britt! Style Arc is based in Australia so the postage is expensive to the US. Good luck with the Burda pattern and I’m sure you’ll get to the sewing room when the time is right 🙂

  • Laura
    Posted at 07:40h, 28 January Reply

    Fabulous Slacks, I’ve wanted to try Style Arc patterns, you’ve convinced me! What pattern did you use for your silk top, it’s also wonderful, especially in the dimpled silk.
    Happy Sewing!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:56h, 28 January Reply

      Thank you, Laura! I used a Butterick pattern with details HERE.
      I think you’ll like the Style Arc pants. word of warning – the instructions are sparse, but I can usually figure out what to do. 🙂

  • Cissie Wellons
    Posted at 08:02h, 28 January Reply

    Great pants! Fit is perfect. I’ll have to order that pattern and hope it helps me reach my goal of making a pair of pants that fit!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:58h, 28 January Reply

      Thank you, Cissie! I think the fit is spot on – hope you have the same success!!! Good luck 🙂

  • chicenvelopements
    Posted at 08:35h, 28 January Reply

    The pants look MAUVE-A-LOUS on you!!! I’ve been eyeing those Style Arc patterns for awhile now. I just might break down and try one now. Have a great week and I can’t wait to see pictures of your sewing room.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:01h, 28 January Reply

      Many thanks, Beth 🙂 🙂 Maybe the postage will be less to Oregon than to South Carolina! Perhaps one day Style Arc will be distributed in the US. As for my sewing room… it’s strictly a DIY but I’m loving the new order!

  • Becky
    Posted at 08:41h, 28 January Reply

    Great pants! I too have pants anxiety. Do you recommend one SA pattern over another for my first effort? I say first because I haven’t tried to make pants in years. I’ve been missing you. Glad to know that you are getting things done for yourself.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:04h, 28 January Reply

      Many thanks for your nice comment, Becky. In addition to my sewing room efforts, my computer crashed! You can imagine how fun it was for my husband to share his laptop with me 🙂 Now I have an iPad and my computer is at the Apple store so hopefully I can pick up where I left off.

  • Amanda S.
    Posted at 08:46h, 28 January Reply

    These look really nice on you. I definitely have a fear of making pants. Last year I spent 3 weeks determined to figure out how to get them to look like RTW and finally gave up. This year I am planning to take a pair of my RTW pants completely apart and copy the pattern. Frustrating! I can get a good fit on ANYTHING else except for that!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:07h, 28 January Reply

      Thank you Amanda! I’ve found the Style Arc patterns to fit nicely, but this is the first pair of pants I’ve made that look RTW in every aspect. I’ve thought about taking a pair of pants apart too, but can’t bring myself to do it just yet. Good luck- you sew so well I’m sure you’ll work it out!

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 09:23h, 28 January Reply

    These are fantastic Sarah! And now that you have a well-fitting pair of pants you can use these for fitting any future pants patterns. Personally, I can’t wait to see pics of the refreshed sewing room. I love seeing spaces where others create!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 14:55h, 28 January Reply

      Thank you, Carolyn! I absolutely delighted to have a pants’ pattern for woven fabric that fits!
      My sewing room is a DIY as you will see but I love having a sewing room with order and a few cute things 🙂

  • Rachel
    Posted at 09:36h, 28 January Reply

    Those pants are fabulous. I had a pants success this past week too after having always had failures. It just takes finding the right pattern I think. Those really look great on you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:02h, 28 January Reply

      Thank you, Rachel and congratulations on your recent pants success! 🙂

  • PendleStitches
    Posted at 09:53h, 28 January Reply

    I cannot buy pants that fit…the only option for me is to make. It’s a revelation. I haven’t tried Style Arc patterns but if they are that good I might have to succumb this year.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:08h, 28 January Reply

      Many thanks, Pendle Stitches! I brought home a pair of pants from Talbots around Christmas thinking I was desparate for black silk pants. I never wore them because they didn’t fit just right and ended up returning them. I’m soooo glad I’ve discovered a good pattern for me 🙂

  • Sarah Ioannides
    Posted at 10:37h, 28 January Reply

    Very Jazzy!!! Like it! How about a jacket to match…or a vest?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:09h, 28 January Reply

      Thank you, Sarah! What a pity that I don’t have enough fabric for a vest or jacket 😉

  • Carole Mellin
    Posted at 10:42h, 28 January Reply

    I have the Willow almost finished except for the hems. Your post was an inspiration to get downstairs and finish them! The fabric you used is fabulous.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:18h, 28 January Reply

      Oh good! I’d love to see your Willow pants! Many thanks for writing Carole 🙂

  • Karen
    Posted at 10:43h, 28 January Reply

    They look great – and I like the side hem splits – that’s always a nice extra touch. Aren’t “patterned – fabric” pants a welcome switch from black and more black (which I freely admit is a staple in my wardrobe…)?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:20h, 28 January Reply

      Thank you, Karen! I love patterned pants…… and l o v e your snowflake pants!

  • Clio
    Posted at 11:00h, 28 January Reply

    Pants that fit out of the envelope?!?!?! Holy cow! They look awesome!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:21h, 28 January Reply

      Can you believe it because I couldn’t! Many thanks for writing, Clio:)

  • Art Attack
    Posted at 11:06h, 28 January Reply

    Great pants and fit, Sarah. You’ve now tried 4 of the SA pant patterns, is this your favorite? I’m a fan of no waistband so wondering if the Leah Lounge Pant would be a better choice but the leg is so much slimmer on the Willow, and I like that along with the ankle notch. Great job… 😀

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:25h, 28 January Reply

      Thank you, Dorcas! I have tried three SA pant patterns, still waiting to try the Linda. I too like the no waistband pant , but have always loved the cigarette pant. The waistband is fairly narrow and because it fits, I find it flattering.
      The Leah Lounge pants are fun but the leg is very wide. My versions have narrowed legs.
      Whatever you make will look fab I’m sure!

  • june lovell
    Posted at 12:09h, 28 January Reply

    we missed you and now you’re enticing me with those pants–had to go to the website and now i hope there are two new patterns winging their way to SoCal. thanks for the update and the great photos and the inspiration.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 15:26h, 28 January Reply

      Oh goodness! You’re going to love these patterns 🙂 Many thanks for your nice message!!!

  • oonaballoona
    Posted at 16:59h, 28 January Reply

    i’m still trying to get over “last year i made five pairs of pants.”

    these are ever so terribly cool.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:32h, 28 January Reply

      and I said I was going to be sewing banana leaves………more on that later 🙂 Thanks!

  • Margy Houtz
    Posted at 18:00h, 28 January Reply

    Lovely pants, Sarah! The fit and the fabric are perfect. I can’t wait to try these…

  • Dixie
    Posted at 18:07h, 28 January Reply

    These pants look terrific on you! The fabric makes them so unique, and they fit very well.

    When you were decluttering, did you happen to find the instructions for my Revisions Santa Cruz Jacket pattern? They’ve gone missing…

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:46h, 28 January Reply

      LOL! There were lots of unexpected finds but no Santa Cruz Jacket! I’ll let you know if it shows up 😉
      Many thanks for writing!

  • Sharon
    Posted at 18:26h, 28 January Reply

    Wonderful looking pants and don’t you just love a great fitting pair of pants.

    I’m frightened if I try and sort out my sewing room you wont see me for months!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:48h, 28 January Reply

      Many thanks, Sharon……… my biggest disappointment from the cleaning is that my stash is much smaller than I thought…… time to go shopping 🙂 🙂

  • gingermakes
    Posted at 18:32h, 28 January Reply

    Gorgeous! These are so chic!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:49h, 28 January Reply

      Ooh…. thank you, Ginger! Love, love , love your red jacket!

      • gingermakes
        Posted at 21:36h, 28 January Reply

        Thanks, girl! You would look ADORABLE in that pattern– you should give it a whirl!

  • lbrundage
    Posted at 19:39h, 28 January Reply

    Very, very cute! I am always amazed at how a great pair if pants can be worked up in so many different fabric styles. Now that you have such an easy perfect fit, imagine the possibilities !

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:51h, 28 January Reply

      Many thanks…… my thoughts exactly as I look through the house for possibilities! 🙂

  • Myra
    Posted at 21:49h, 28 January Reply

    These are some of the cutest pants ever! Love your fabric choice!

  • D
    Posted at 00:43h, 29 January Reply

    I too am a devotee of StyleArc patterns and especially their pants. I have made the Wendy pants about 5 times in all different fabrics and each time they go together in a flash and fit beautifully. I have the Willow ready to go and am inspired by your success – they look faaabulous!.
    D 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 02:39h, 29 January Reply

      Many thanks, D! Sounds like I need to give the Wendy pants a try – hope you love the Willow pattern like I do 🙂

  • nancymorris
    Posted at 01:32h, 29 January Reply

    Great looking pants! Did you by any chance make the sweater? If so, i’d love to know the pattern.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 02:40h, 29 January Reply

      Thank you, Nancy! I did not make the sweater and do not knit 😉

  • danvillegirl
    Posted at 06:42h, 29 January Reply

    Great looking pants. I like that they can be worn with flats or a heel. I like the fabric you chose as well.

  • Jacqui
    Posted at 04:57h, 30 January Reply

    Very nice pants Sarah – and can not wait to see the new improved sewing space. I am in the process of the same tidy up and no blog posts for a while!

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  • Susan Green
    Posted at 15:13h, 10 June Reply

    After many years of not sewing, I have once again been “bitten by the bug.” So I took to the internet to find what all has changed with regards to sewing, in a nutshell, everything. During my search I ran across your blog and followed the link to Style Arc patterns and absolutely fell in lowe with the styles. Now all I need to do is muster the courage to put my big toe in the water and get started. I am paralized but I think after the first garment, I’ll be good to go.
    You blog is such an inspiration for me!!! I have lived vicariously through all you have been sewing….and dream.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:29h, 12 June Reply

      Dear Susan,
      This is such a nice comment! I am inspired to read that I have inspired you! You are so right to state you’ll be good to go after making that first garment. I found making a skirt is the easiest way to get back into sewing. Good luck and many thanks for writing 🙂

  • Marcia Swanston
    Posted at 13:55h, 03 January Reply

    I too have been bitten by the sewing bug after many, many years of not. I saw this post last year and have been thinking about this lovely fabric for months and finally bought some. I was wondering how you care for it. Since it’s a cotton/polyester/acrylic do you dare to wash it or send it to the cleaners? Your experience with this fabric would be greatly appreciated. I don’t have much experience with this kind of brocade.

    You have a terrific and inspirational blog. Thank you for your wonderful posts illustrating your formidable sewing skills!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:15h, 03 January Reply

      Thank you so much, Marcia! This fabric goes to the dry cleaners! 🙂

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