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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and I write a monthly humour/sewing column for the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=barbara+emodi&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Abarbara+emodi

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Review of the Brooklyn knit pant

I made these a week ago and just got around to writing my review.

I wore them to a sewing group meeting tonight and Tori LeBlanc was kind enough to take the pictures. Of course the pants are in a lovely dark navy cotton/rayon/lycra ponte and so you can't really see a thing but that won't stop me from giving my review.

Which is a thumbs up.

Here is the pattern info from Stylearc and the picture:

Opt for a luxe track pant style for a relaxed weekend. Knit pants have become a fashion favourite guaranteeing a warm casual day time look that’s both versatile and chic. The forward side seam creates a slimming silhouette along with the angles pockets.

It is really important to note the words relaxed and track pant in this description.

These pants have a full back leg (this is why the side seam is to the front I think) and a lower than normal crotch. They also have a full on high waistband which actually makes them even more comfortable. I have a vague sense of having worn this style years ago - the high wasitband, full thigh, tapered leg. 

Something new to get used to again and the lower-than-we- are-used-to crotch was noted by my sewing group.

As the person inside these pants I think I liked them best in the room and will be on a search now for more fabric to make them in. 

I did not add the back pockets but did sew the side pockets of course that are neat, topstitched, and quite deep and therefore useful.

Enough rambling, here are some shots. 

Listen I know I did not style these at all well. Of course they are short because they are supposed to be worn with bare legs but May in Nova Scotia today was like November and so I put on socks. So shoot me, it was too cold and I was too far out the door to go back and put on boots.

You can pretty much not see anything here except I hope the general leg shape, a little loose in the thigh and tapered into the calves. I made size 12 without any alteration and given that I am tall I really was surprised how high the waist went, about where my hands are in this picture.

Another shot verifying the inappropriateness of my socks. I do trust your imagination on this one.

OK this side shot probably makes clear how the back leg is full, these are upscale track pants cut for comfort and give you a better idea of the length

More of the same, note I have what in some circles are described as athletic calves so they show. The wrinkles don't worry me given the fullness of the leg design, the knit fabric, and that basically these are sweats.

These are great kicking around pants with good pockets, not much bulk at the waist, which is comfortably positioned, and a fairly modern leg and length.

I really love how they feel on and am so grateful to Stylearc for continuing to draft interesting and different pants patterns. I wear a lot of pants with this life and its nice to mix it up a bit. A long way from the time when we all thought all we needed was one pants pattern to make over and over again. Since Stylearc crotch shapes seem to fit me and for some reason so many other women so well I can experiment with different ideas in pants and I do like that.