August 23, 2023

“Sewing the Curve”: Introducing the Ardley Pants

It’s so fun and exciting to introduce you to each of the patterns featured in my new book, “Sewing the Curve.”  Next up is the Ardley Pants!

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In “Sewing the Curve,” I cover everything from the very basics through to the five core skills of sewing, and then, how to actually sew your first garments with the help of 6 brand new Cashmerette patterns in sizes 12-32 and cup sizes C-H. All the patterns included in “Sewing the Curve” are available in a printed packet at the back of the book as well as digital PDF patterns that you can download and print at home or send to a copyshop to print for you.

“Sewing the Curve” is now available!

If you’re looking for a beginner pants pattern that is both fashionable and comfy— I mean, we’re talking pajama pants comfy–then this is the pattern for you.

Meet the Ardley Pants

The Ardley Pants are super-comfortable, elasticated-waist, straight-leg pants with two views: View A has handy diagonal slash pockets and a fun drawstring, while View B is super simple—a great option if this is the first pair of pants you’ve ever sewn.

The Ardleys can be transformed depending on what type of fabric you use to make them. For chic athleisure-style elevated track pants, use View A with a fabric such as rayon ponte, and pair with a cropped sweater or even a linen shirt. Or make View B from a soft bamboo jersey and you’ve got amazing pajama pants!

Want a pair of shorts instead? No problem! Just cut the pattern pieces shorter and follow the same instructions.

You can personalize this pattern exactly how you would like while building your confidence working with knits. While sewing the Ardley Pants, you’ll also learn how to sew buttonholes, an elastic waistband, and diagonal slash pockets. Oh yes, pockets.

The Ardley is designed for mid-weight knit fabric, such as rayon ponte or French terry, with at least 20% stretch. Lighter-weight fabric such as bamboo jersey will also work and give a more casual look (like pajama pants).

Here are the fabric requirements for the Ardley (in yards):

12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32
45″ wide fabric View A 2 7/8 2 7/8 2 7/8 3 1/8 3 1/8 3 1/8 3 1/8 4 1/4 4 1/4 4 1/4 4 1/4
View B 3 1/4 3 1/4 3 1/4 3 1/2 3 1/2 3 1/2 3 1/2 4 1/4 4 1/4 4 1/4 4 1/4
55″ wide fabric View A 2 3/4 2 3/4 2 3/4 2 7/8 2 7/8 2 7/8 2 7/8 3 1/8 3 1/8 3 1/8 3 1/8
View B 2 3/4 2 3/4 2 3/4 2 7/8 2 7/8 2 7/8 2 7/8 3 1/8 3 1/8 3 1/8 3 1/8

Sold on the Ardleys? Get your copy of “Sewing the Curve” today. And stay tuned for more pattern reveals to come…

Photo credit: Linda Campos

One thought on ““Sewing the Curve”: Introducing the Ardley Pants

  1. ella stroupe says:

    I bought the book and it is AWESOME!!!! I now have both books and love them both.

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