My new favourite secret pyjamas.

About a week ago, Helen’s Closet launched the #ArdenPants which are classic high-waisted woven joggers. I’m a fan of woven-anything, so any chance I get to make something in a woven that is as comfortable as wearing knits, I’m so there.

I’ve been working through my fabric stash during this lockdown and I have limited options of fabric that are at least 3 meters. But when I saw that I could use lightweight woven fabric, I was so happy when I found this apple spice coloured rayon challis from Lowry fabrics and I had 3 meters of it.

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Pattern: Helen’s Closet Arden Pants – View A // Size: Graded from 10-12 // Fabric: Rayon Challis from Lowry Fabrics // Thread: Mettler Metrosene 100% Polyester Thread from Bernina // Sewing Machine: Bernina B535 // Overlocker: Bernina 1300MDC

I’m a fan of woven-anything, so any chance I get to make something in a woven that is as comfortable as wearing knits, I’m so there.

The #ArdenPants is such a quick sew! I’m definitely adding this to my list of “palette cleanser” sewing projects. The difficulty level as mentioned on the Helen’s Closet Patterns website shows that that project is for an advanced beginner. The instructions are so detailed with clear illustrations, that even a true beginner could follow if taken one step at a time. This is the ideal project to practice your topstitching skills on. It is a gateway to making more challenging projects like sewing jeans.

I have a pear-shaped body type, and this style of pants is the ideal cut for me. Since my hips are quite wide, I had to grade up a size from a 10 at the waist to a 12 at the hips. Helen includes how to do this in the instructions, which I thought was quite handy.

I initially intended to do View C, but ended up going for View A. The reason I changed my mind was because I wanted my pants to be able to be worn in a more dressed up fashion. I will definitely be making the other views in future for a more casual look. One thing to note, though – if you initially decide you want to do View B or C, you cannot change your mind about doing View A after cutting out your fabric pieces! Luckily I decided this before I snipped into my fabric, otherwise I would have ended up with a more cropped look.

This pattern is drafted for a 5’6″ (1.68 meters) tall person, I’m 5’2″ (1.58 meters), so maybe, just maybe, this pants is meant to be a teeny little bit more cropped than it is on me, but I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

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Here I’m using an edge stitch foot – perfect for precise top-stitching.

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See that little silver tool next to my scissors? That’s called a “bodkin”. This handy little tool is basically a “glorified safety pin” that you use to feed elastic or cord through a tube.

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I randomly started a hashtag on Instagram called the #minimemadechallenge. Anyone who is anyone is free to join if they ever find themselves making mini versions of their me-made outfits. The idea is to get into the zone and have some good old fun the way we used to when we were children. I enjoy making these little me-mades, it’s a great way to use up scraps and to connect with your inner child – something we could all use a little more of in these crazy times we’re living in!

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