Sewing is fun, they say.
Sewing scratches that creative itch, they say.
A bespoke wardrobe is achievable goal... Says who?
Says me, now that I've finally made pants that fit, flatter, and feel like I'm wearing pajmas all day long!
I was privileged this month to be chosen to test the new Diane Joggers by 5 out of 4 Patterns. They were billed as:
Can we just pause for a moment here? At least long enough for me to admit how skeptical I was about all that magical talk about fit, options, and help for me to to fit my no-longer hourglass, plus-sized figure? (still pausing..?) Thanks!
Ladies, the Diane pattern delivers on every single promise! Did I fit the very first pair of shorts I made with it? Nope. Was I able to learn more about my fit needs, and about where & how to tweak my pattern to meet those needs? YES! Absolutely yes!
Those of you know know me know that I pattern test for a few different designers and that I'm usually about to start, am right in the middle of, or have just finished at a test for one of them. I've learned A LOT since becoming a pattern tester. A lot about fit, about fabrics, about pattern adjustments, and an awful lot about how truly rare it is for a pattern to be such a home-run success for every single tester.
Since this yummy soft french terry floral pair (thank you, Michael Levine Loft, for the $3 a pound fabric treasures I scored last month!), I've sewn two more. One is a heavier black ponte that has been either worn to work (or play!) or in the wash since the second it came off the machine. The other is a tweed-look ponte pair that is just waiting for me to hem before taking their place in rotation with the black pair. I also have my eye on a very nice wine colored piece from So Sew English and suspect I will be sewing those up very soon!
If you haven't tried sewing pants before, the Diane Joggers are the perfect place to start. If you have, I suspect that you will find, like I have, that the Dianes just might be that mythical unicorn: the perfect pants pattern!
Want the Diane Joggers pattern? You can get it here!