Style Arc Elle / Airlie Pant

Hello! It’s been a while between projects. I have been sewing, albeit sparsely, but I’ve largely been doing alterations – too boring for even a quick Instagram snap. I’m glad to finally have a finished project to share with you, even if it is a (multiple) pattern repeat.

Siobhan stands in front of a garden fence. She wears slim fit black pants with hard-to-notice front pockets, striped white and navy short sleeve tee and silver runners.

The pattern, of course, is the Style Arc Elle Pant, which I’ve made before in purple and red. This summer, I decided I needed a black pair – and not only that, but a pair with pockets. Usually I would just slap in some inseam or slash pockets and call it a day, but close-fitted stretch pants pose a particular challenge. They can often be so stretchy as to make a regular pocket gape and bag, and if they are slim cut the pocket bag can be painfully obvious.

Siobhan stands in front of a garden fence. She wears slim fit black pants with hard-to-notice front pockets, striped white and navy short sleeve tee and silver runners. Her hands are in the pant pockets.
POCKETSES

Style Arc provided an answer to my pocket problems with their Airlie Pant pattern, which have a specially drafted front pocket designed for bengaline pants. I rather like the Elle Pant pattern, and am now working by the adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. So I printed out the Airlie pocket pieces and corresponding front leg area, with the intent of altering it to suit the Elle pant.

A line drawing of the Style Arc Airlie Pant pattern, a slim fit stretch pant with elastic waist and front pocket.
Style Arc Airlie Pant

This took a lot more time than I expected, and I feel it would have been quicker to print and tape together the whole Airlie Pant pattern instead! But I got there, and sewing the pant together was so quick as to (almost) make up for the fiddling with the pattern pieces.

An overexposed close up of the pockets in the pants. They are horizontal, angling upwards towards the waistband.

An overexposed close up of the pockets in the pants. They are horizontal, angling upwards towards the waistband.
Worth it. I know lots of people don’t understand the fuss with pockets, but where do you keep your hankie?

What took the most time was sewing the pockets themselves. The instructions were typically useless, but Style Arc helpfully provided a construction video on YouTube. Wrangling the pieces around to sew that pocket corner at a reverse 90 degree angle (you’ll see when you get there) was still a challenge for me, and it took a lot of careful stitching and unpicking to make sure there were no puckers in the corner.

I’d spent so long recently sewing finicky patterns (button up shirts, rayon with french seams, stripe matching etc) that I’d almost forgotten the joy of a quick sew. If I didn’t need so many rest breaks, this pattern could be cut and sewn in a few hours.

Siobhan stands in front of a garden fence. She wears slim fit black pants with hard-to-notice front pockets, striped white and navy short sleeve tee and silver runners. Her back is to the camera.

 

When I first made these, I was typically critical of the fit. Too loose, something off, maybe I should have made the Airlie Pant instead. Style Arc drafters know best! Well, they probably do, but I still like my pants. Away from the close lens of immediate creation, they are perfectly fine, and I’ve been wearing them most days this summer. Next time, I’ll try the Airlie instead!

Siobhan stands in front of a garden fence. She wears slim fit black pants with hard-to-notice front pockets, striped white and navy short sleeve tee and silver runners.

Edit: I forgot to mention when I originally wrote this that I significantly deepened the pocket bag to fit a hand/phone. You might have to do the same if you want a more practical pocket.

 

The deets:
Pattern: Style Arc Elle Pant (with Airlie Pant Pocket)
Pattern details: Elle: “This is the pant of the moment, slim line from ankle to waistline. Elastic waist 35mm or 1 1⁄4 inch wide. These pants sit so beautifully without any bulk, wear them with your high heels out for the night or with your sneakers for brunch…..a must have piece in your wardrobe!”
Airlie: “Looking for that perfect pull on everyday pant? Our new Airlie Stretch Pant will fill that gap in your wardrobe. Airlie is a pull-on pant that sits flat on your waist with a slim straight leg design. The exciting addition to this pant is the angled functional front pockets that do not gape and sit flat up to the waist band. Airlie is one of those pants that can be made in every colour of bengaline available!”
Both available Aus sizes 4-30, as a single size paper pattern, single size PDF pattern (from their website), a size bundle of single layer PDF patterns (Etsy) or multi-layer paper patterns (Amazon).
Fabric: 2m x 148cm wide bengaline suiting, black, from Spotlight. Rayon/nylon/elastane blend.
Other materials: 32mm knitted elastic.
Mods: Size 12 with .25cm added to each side seam from hip to knee. Modified waistband width to accommodate narrower elastic. Omitted crotch seam topstitching. Added pockets from Airlie pattern to Elle Pant, deepened pockets bags.

Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic feminist and disability advocate.

13 thoughts on “Style Arc Elle / Airlie Pant”

  1. I’ve got their Sage pants pattern as it is exactly the same as my favourite RTW style, which I haven’t made yet, but I really like the pockets on these.
    The downside of Style Arc patterns is only 3 sizes in a pattern. That works for me for pants but is not enough for my all over the place shape for tops.

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  2. These turned out great! You can never go wrong with a good pair of black pants, especially when there are pockets. πŸ˜‰ Love the tee, too!

    I am digging the shape of those Airlie pockets! From the outside, I can’t even see any evidence of the pocket bag itself. (And yet your whole hand fits in there?!? HOW?!?!?) And for real, the boost provided by a quick-but-successful project is hard to beat isn’t it? Glad your frankenpatterning worked so well!

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    1. I was surprised by how unobstrusive the pockets were. I thought for sure there would be a visible outline. And thanks, I have quite the collection of black/navy and white striped tees for summer! It’s basically my whole summer wardrobe haha.

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