The 4 day holiday known as ‘Easter weekend’ held great promise. Princess had mapped out an 8 day hike (yes, 8 days, thank you Duke of Edinburgh) and my beloved husband would swap with me at day 4, Princess completing all 8 days in pursuit of her Dof E gold award. Change of plans; the family decided we needed one of these…
…oops, someone would need to stay home and care for the little cutey. Enter Mummy dearest – latterly known as ‘The Mater’, you can address me as such! Her name is ‘Zelda’ and according to Nintendo she’s a ‘legend’ – get it?! The name popped into my head and the kids pounced on it! Soooo gorgeous, though black, so near impossible to photograph, should have thought that through! Heck, she does go with everything! They say “she’s cute” – I say “she’s a feeding tube with an unreliable outlet valve” – nuff said?!
So if I was going to miss the hike I would make the most of my 4 days of solitary confinement dammit. I would pull a rabbit out of a hat and make my long awaited RED COAT – cue ludicrously suspenseful musical chord!
I failed, I totally failed and I am absolutely gutted to be 5 days post ‘solitary’ with no red coat to speak of. More on the saga another time – when I’ve recovered. Mistakes were made and in retrospect its possible to blame it on NO SLEEP – see above photo!
Shitty shit shit is all I can say. I’ll leave you with a marginally okay substitution for THE RED COAT – a pair of Style Arc Barb trousers, or are they jeggings? I’m not sure.
The best thing about these is that the fabric is 100% dreamy. I bloody love this denim and if only Heather Lou of Closet Case Files would secure me another 1/2 leg I would make another complete pair of real jeans, Gingers or perhaps my self drafted jeans block and really do this stuff justice. ‘Barb’ is all well and good but my bum has never looked so huge – where the hell is my pocket, eh?
Style Arc Barb trousers
sizing – 1cm fit ‘insurance’ was added to the side seams but removed – over compensation apparently. My hip measurement is 101cm and I sewed size 10. According to the Style Arc website my hip measurement puts me between size 10 and size 12. Understandably this depends 100% on your fabric’s stretchiness factor, the Barb pattern is fine if you don’t mind a large rear looking at you in the photos! Otherwise, can I suggest the tunic madam?
fit – like they belong to my long deceased Grandma but perhaps thats not your fault Style Arc, they weren’t meant to be jeans/jeggings after all.
instructions – well, I can only say that I am not a gal that enjoys the front wedgie. For the luvva God, do not follow their instructions. Instead, I suggest you sew the CB and CF seams, then and only then, sew the inseam from one leg to the other. Once the front to back inseam was unpicked and resewn inner leg to inner leg all was good.
ADULT CONTENT WARNING: If you follow their instructions you will end up with a front wedgie and no matter what you do you will wish there were some relief to hand – you have been warned. One cannot sew a crotch seam front to back unless one enjoys THAT sensation. Otherwise one should sew the crotch seam inner leg to other inner leg – its a girl thing… Princess’ jeans and my jeans atest and concur! Is there a rule I’ve missed here? Is there ever a good reason to sew the crotch seam front to back? Perhaps the front wedgie is most noticeable in fabric with stretch?
alterations – Barb was noticeably long in the waist. I found I had quite a bit of pooling below the waist so pinned that out and moved the waistband (with 5cm elastic encased) down correspondingly. Have to say that 5cm elastic is so comfortable and creates no gathering at the waist. That would depend on your waist to hip difference though.
As for the front? Well I couldn’t help myself, it had to be distressed because more is more? Please forgive the light enhancement in the above photo, dark indigo is tricky to photograph. The crotchal region honestly has great fit, no pooling, no pulling. The pattern is remarkably similar to my self drafted jeans pattern and has a really short and shallow curve on the front fork.
Did I mention this excellent denim? Its fabulous, but I had overlooked its unique indigo goodness and now I’ve gone and wasted it on Barb rather than Gingers. Please appreciate the 007 inspired stance… bought a tripod!
The rolled up hem makes my pants look like I grew out of them in primary school. Its my way of making ‘sensible’ shoes look cool and groovy okay? So I hemmed and turned the hem for tuck.
EVERYTHING good about these can be accredited to the denim. Heather, I have 1.5 legs if you have the other 0.5 leg – lets do a deal okay?