Two years ago I hand-stamped polka dots onto a pair of Style Arc Elle pants and now I’m back with more polka dot Elles!
No hand-stamping this time though – who has time for that??? These are made with a super-stretchy woven which claimed to be 100% cotton but feels much more like 100% polyester bengaline. It’s got at least 30% stretch and that very synthetic slithery feel. (If you aren’t sure what bengaline is, I did a video review of the Style Arc bengaline last year.) It’s not my favourite fabric to wear, but how could I say no to STRETCH and POLKA DOTS!?
Elle pants were my TNT before Ginger Jeans came along. Style Arc does a bunch of great pull-on trouser patterns, which I think are a perfect place to start sewing trousers. (And this sewalong is just about to start!) I went back to the pattern this time because I couldn’t face sewing the yokes and front pockets on Gingers – I wanted a quick project! Thought you can’t really tell, I put patch pockets on the back. I also slimmed the leg a bit – other than that, the pattern is as I fit it 2 years ago. (Thank you stretchy fabric, or I’d have to add room for some extra fluff.)
I did make two other small changes… straightened out the front crotch curve a bit (don’t think that was a good idea) and added a wider waistband because pants with a lot of stretch tend to ride down on me. Sadly, I didn’t pull the elastic tight enough, and these still slide down. Oh well. They are suuuper comfy.
I have to say, they were fun to sew. I started and finished before noon on Sunday morning. It helped that I used the coverstitch to do most of the topstitching – must faster! With all the stretch, there isn’t that much pressure on the seams, so it should be strong enough.
In my head, black and white polka dot pants sounded really easy to mix and match with other prints and patterns. When it came time to actually pick an outfit though, I found it rather hard. I fought the urge to make an all-new top, because a) no closet can sustain all new outfits every post and b) I like seeing other people bring mix and match older and newer makes! The turquoise sweater is a Jalie raglan in sweater knit that I made last year. The scarf was 500yen ($5) in Japan, and the shoes were $20 at Target. Nothing fancy here! 😉
Oh, and after encouragement from people on my recent photography modes post, I played around a bit with Aperture priority mode on my camera…
… before switching back to Portrait! I wasn’t getting the depth of field I wanted on AP, and auto-focus wasn’t doing it’s thing… but I’m going to read up some more and keep experimenting a little bit each time I take pics.
In the name of the Better Pictures Project, I also experimented with a new location…
… a parking lot on a busy road! It was fluke, really – I wanted to use the grey cement walls around the back, but I chickened out when someone opened a door, so I used this red wall facing the street instead. Honestly, no one even seemed to notice. Thank you, Double Double pizza, so sharing your wall.
I guess it’s really fall now, eh? Leaves on the ground, need a scarf… time to pack up my summer sundresses and remember what on earth I own for cold weather. Here’s hoping there are hidden gems packed away!
What would should I wear with these pants? Help me make more outfits, because I’m stuck!