Comfort Pants: StyleArc Barb

Meet Barb, a StyleArc pattern, a yoga pant type, basically, a comfort pant. I have had a few problems fitting these and other StyleArc pants on my figure. You will see a few more in post to follow, since I need to get more pics of the pattern alterations. For now I wanted you to know about these.
They have a simple elastic waistband. The way the waistband is installed, actually, saves bulk at the waist and keeps the area flat. You use a 1.5-2" elastic, sewn on the flat band and then folded before attaching it to the pants.
The problem I have had with accepting the StyleArc RTW concept is this-- "If Ready-To-wear does not fit me, then why would I want to deal with a pattern that purports RTW?" It doesn't seem to make much sense to struggle so much with a pair of pants that pose all the same fitting issues I deal with in RTW.
The following are the long list of challenges that plague me with RTW, as well as have shown to crossover into the StyleArc pants patterns: I cut a size 16.

1. Back rise had to be raised by 1.5 inches
2. Front crotch had to be lowered 1.5 inches
3. Crotch extension in the back was extended by 1/2 inch
4. Removed over 1 inch excess crotch extension from front
5. Took out 5 inches (yes, five) from the waist
6. Deepened the back crotch by 3/8 inch.

Mind you this was a basic pair of stretch pants. Considering the simplicity of the pattern, this was a lot of alterations. Oh, and yes, I did follow my sloper to determine some of these changes. Although, I think part of the problem falls with the skew of the grain-line in these pants. The pattern has the grain almost straight along the side seam causing the inseam to be on a more pronounced bias than that which my sloper is based.
I used a patterned Ponte Roma knit from my stash. This is a very stable knit with excellent recovery. It has the handle and weight of a Sofia Ponte knit.

Because I did so many modifications, I almost lost interest in this make, but, didn't want to waste the good fabric by throwing them into a pile. So I pressed on to get them done despite my frustrations. With that, I have now decided these will be my quick makes for comfort pants.  They really sewed up pretty quick, aside from the alterations, it took me less than an hour, mostly done on the serger, including adding the waistband.

Everyone should have a basic pair of comfort pants to sew up anytime. Do you have recommendations for other great Comfort pants patterns to try, that you have perfected? I would love to try others.

as always, thanks....Andrea


  1. Wow, great pant! and your tunic is fantastic with them.

  2. You may have struggled with the fit/alterations, but the final pant looks fabulous!

  3. Great looking pants! I downloaded this pattern a few months ago, seeing yours really makes me want to make a pair. Thanks for listing your changes.

    1. Thanks Levone. You will get a lot of wear from these.

  4. I'm glad you stuck with finishing these pants.They turned out very nice. Some of the challenges that you experienced, I have experienced too. For me I have found a pattern that I don't have to alter.

    Now that you have perfected this pattern, it can be used as another sloper. Lookb forward to seeing the details on your changes.

  5. These pants look great! Can you please explain the back crotch adjustment? I am always having to make adjustment in the rear area and I would like to see how you did yours!

  6. I was interested in this pattern because of they looked to be a simple sew and the wide waistband. I would have to use my sloper also to get these to fit. The good news is once you nail the fit (and you did), they make a great go-to pattern for simple knit slacks.

  7. Well, they really look great on you. And the fit is superb. How do you use your sloper to make adjustments?

  8. Hi Andrea, another Andrea here! I found you by way of Cenetta's blog. Your pants look great, and I love the tunic. My favorite comfort pant pattern is Style Arc's Sailor Sue Pants. I make them in a nice quality Ponte, like you did these Barbs. I use a wider elastic at the waist than is called for, as it wears better. I had to drop the crotch in back a lot!! But those are the only changes, not too bad. I am seriously all about the comfort these days, so I love these pants. Btw, I have a bad wool allergy - so many beautiful fabrics I have to pass up!

  9. I would probably need almost all the same alterations, but it may be worth it to have a quick way to sew future pants. Unfortunately this needs stretch and I have a lot of lovely non stretch trouser fabrics in the stash.


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