A Review of The Arenite Pants Pdf Pattern by Sew Liberated.
I bought The Arenite Pants pdf pattern last year when Sew Liberated had a sale - I really liked the look of the big baggy pockets and loose fit. I even went as far as to order the fabric - black Rayon Challis - from Minerva Crafts. Other projects and testing came along and The Arenite Pants fell to the bottom of the pile. I read some negative reviews about the pattern too which put me off starting them.
Whether made in knit or woven, the Arenite Pants blend cosy and chic, for a piece that can slip into any wardrobe, perfect for styling with tees, sweaters, and jackets, for relaxing at home, running errands, or dressed up for evenings out. They’re our new favourite pants, and we hope they’ll be yours too!
In January 2021 Sew Liberated posted that the pattern had been updated. The updated Arenite Pants has an expanded size range (0-34), a knit version and some fit changes. The pattern includes three leg options – a knit cuff, an elasticated woven cuff and a standard hem.
Learn to sew French seams, flat-felled seams and a comfortable, non-twist elastic waistband for a made-to-last, beautifully crafted wardrobe staple. This pattern is suitable for advanced beginners. It is the perfect project for those new to sewing pants or knits, as the fit is very forgiving.
Recommended fabric for the woven Arentite Pants is something with drape such as Rayon Challis, Tencel Twill or Silk Noil. I purchased black Rayon Challis from Minerva Crafts. I felt somewhat intimidated when it arrived - its very lightweight and also a bit see-through and frayed quite a bit when washed but actually it was easy to work with and once sewn up feels quite substantial. This fabric is very thin though, I think it will be a few months yet until its warm enough here in Northumberland, UK to wear these pants comfortably.
The Arenite Pants are drafted for a height of 5'5" and the waistband should sit 1" below the waist. I decided not to make any adjustments to the pattern pieces even though I'm 5'4" because of the slouchy fit. There are lengthen/shorten lines on the pattern pieces if you do need to adjust though.
The Arentite Pants pdf pattern is layered and the instructions are very detailed and clear with lots of fitting notes. I did notice a small error though - the pattern pieces for the legs show you where to cut for the standard hem and knit cuff but not the woven cuff. I pointed this out to Sew Liberated and they did respond quickly. The knit cuff line should be the same as the woven cuff line. I decided to cut out the longer, standard hem with the thought that I could try them on after construction and decide if I want a cuff or not.
I have constructed garments with French seams before but not Flat-Felled. These were easy enough to do you just have to be careful to know which are your fronts and backs of the fabric. My stitching isn't perfectly straight but I'm happy enough with my first attempt.
The Arenite Pant waistband is elasticated. I only had elastic 3cm wide, a bit smaller than the requirement, so I made the casing a little smaller too. To prevent the elastic from twisting you topstitch through the casing and elastic, stretching as you sew. I really liked this idea and will do the same with other elasticated waistbands.
After trying on the finished Arenite Pants I chose not to add a cuff to the hem but to just create a channel for my 3cm elastic. Its a similar effect to the elasticated cuff, just a little bit easier and quicker.
As I was typing up this blog I received a notification from a blogger that I subscribe to: Sewstainability. Coincidently she blogs about The Arenite Pants too. In her blog she tells us that there is a hack for the Arenite Pants to make a slimmer version with flatter pockets. I like the look, and might give that a try next time.
To be honest, I'm not sure about the look of The Arenite Pants on me. They're well made - I'm happy with the construction - but the style is perhaps too billowy for me and my shape. Also, the pockets are not as deep as I expected them to be. I need to choose carefully what top I wear with them to avoid looking too bulky. They are super comfortable though so they will get worn!