The Arnite Pants by Sew Liberated are a casual elastic waist pant with decent sized pockets and three different finishing options for the cuffs. They go up to a 41.5” waist and a 51” hip. I made the biggest size with no alterations and I think they fit great! This was the first garment I’ve made with salt felled seams and they add a very nice finish to the pants. Because I have relatively large hips/butt compared to my waist, I was afraid the pockets (that do have extra fabric to create the flared shape) would be too much fabric around the hip area, but because of the drapey fabric I chose the pockets’ shape are less noticeable. Since sewing these pants, I’ve realized this drapey pants look is not my favorite and I think the elastic waist and loose fit make me feel a little sloppy. However, these are incredibly comfortable pants and are perfect for the days I don’t want to put effort in to my outfit. I wear them almost every week for grocery shopping, sewing days, or lounging around the house.
The fabric I used for these pants is an amazing hot pink tercel twill from Stonemountain and Daughter. It has a great texture, drape, and opacity. It is a truly lovely fabric, but I think it was not ideal for pants and these pants specifically. My first sign was when cutting out the pattern. The fabric was quite slippery so I wasn’t able to cut out my pieces accurately. This led to my second issue; flat felled seams. Due to both the slippery fabric and my not-so-accurate cutting my flat felled seams were… just ok. They are a little lumpy and uneven and after about seven washes they started to fall apart. I think this is definitely my fault; it could be avoided with more careful cutting and a more practiced flat fell-er. My final issue with this fabric was pilling. My inner thighs rub together when I walk (or stand still… or sit) and this fabric HATED the friction. The first time I wore these pants the pilling was so bad I was cutting off long fibers that had pilled off the fabric.
A Small Lesson on Rayon
Rayon (which is an umbrella term for tencel, viscose, lyocell, modal, etc) made from breaking down wood pulp and plant fibers. This is done through various chemical processes (depending on the type of rayon) and is very interesting and complicated, so I recommend researching it if you are interested! Like any other fiber, rayon has its own list of properties, some good and some bad. It is smooth, drapey, can be shiny and light. It also is not very strong and the fibers have a tendency to twist and break when exposed to water and friction, which can lead to pilling. In other words, tencel is not ideal for these thunder thighs.
If I were to make this again
I would lengthen the crotch/rise for a more high-waist look. And I would definitely use a sturdier fabric such as linen or lightweight denim. I would also alter the pockets slightly to take out the extra flair. Sew Liberated has a hack on their Instagram that does just that!