The Faux Jumpsuit | Sew Liberated Arenite Pants and Dressy Talk Blouse

    I am THRILLED to share my version of the LONG AWAITED Arenite Pants Pattern by Sew Liberated! When Meg reached out to ask me to test these fantastic joggers – I felt like she must’ve had the wrong IG account! But thank goodness there’s no “backsies” and once she asked – I threw myself into all the techniques: flat felled seams, French seamed pockets, and even a cute little inverted box pleated pocket! And to make it EXTRA special, I added a simple top from Dressy Talk in the same fabric – for a faux jumpsuit look!

      Release Day and Sale!

      The Arenites were just released this morning, on Meg (the pattern designer)’s birthday! Release day is SERIOUSLY my favorite day in the sewing world because it almost always comes with release day pricing – Ka-Ching – today is no exception (hope you all picked it up!)

        For her 37th birthday she is offering 37% off all her patterns. Admittedly, this is the first pattern of hers that I’ve sewn up, but I assure you it’s not the last.

        The Details

        But, let’s get down to business, a quick sneak peek at the line drawings gives you a sense of the range of body types and personal styles:

            The Arenites are a jogger pants pattern specifically made for wovens. They have a wide and exaggerated side pocket, with seam detail along the front and back of the legs. There are three options for the hems (regular, knit cuffs, and woven cuffs).

              Recommended Fabrics

              The recommended fabric types are any drapey light to mid-weight fabric. For my version I used a cotton lawn that I have had hiding in my stash since last summer!

                Flat Fellin’ Like a BOSS

                Unfortunately, my printed fabric doesn’t do the pattern details as much justice as it could – but check out my in process flat felled seam photos!

                  And with the pins

                    This was my first attempt ever at doing a flat felled seam and I was so proud of the professional finish it provided. These pants are a work of art inside (I didn’t get an inside shot – but will update when I do).

                      Comfort AND Style in ONE!

                      The pants are intended to be high waisted – but it’s REALLY hard to get joggers to stay on my waist (since it isn’t narrow – I’m looking at you small children I birthed) – so mine hang slightly lower since the elastic loves to find my narrowest part. I love them nonetheless!

                        I opted to hem the pants rather than add a cuff. I can’t decide which I prefer more… I like the way the sweep of the hem hangs over my sandals, so I’m inclined to hem my next pair versus add the cuff… I personally LOVE a rolled up pair of woven pants and the hem gives me that option – what do you all think?

                          Making It Work for Everyday

                          To add to the look, I paired the pants with a quick dress blouse from Dressy Talk. Not much to say about this pattern – it’s super simple and was done in less than two hours including printing and taping the pattern – which is unheard of for me! The neckline is slightly wide on me, and has a slight gap in the front and back, but I seem to get that on every simple woven top I sew. I think I would benefit from a neck dart – any one have any suggestions?

                            Of course to tie the whole look together, I added in my workhorse – the Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan (previously blogged here). I think it perfectly balances all the intense colors/pattern and makes it more every day friendly! Would you agree?

                              Thanks for stopping by! Would love to hear your thoughts on both patterns, drop us a link below!


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