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Flo and Ginger

I realise that some of you have been waiting for this blog post with baited breath – because like me, you couldn’t resist the appeal of a pattern named the Flat Bottom Flo!

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I think that I ordered this pattern almost the second it was released, and sewed it up when I was at Sewjourn at the beginning of November. The line drawing and pattern description from the website are as follows:

Every butt has a different shape! This stretch pull on pant is for those with a flatter bottom. The back side seam comes to the front giving this slightly narrow legged pant a slimming look and the back yoke adds to this flattering shape.

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I used a grey/beige with fluoro yellow spots stretch bengaline from Super Cheap Fabrics in Brunswick for what I was hoping would be a wearable muslin. These are size 12, and despite making my usual “short person” alterations by folding out some of the length both above and below the knee, I still had to chop another couple of inches from the bottom before hemming.

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But as far as the fit is concerned, I’m really pleased! Since I made and photographed these I’ve actually lost a bit of weight, and reckon that I could have actually made my usual Style Arc pants size which is size 10. Yes, I can see those wrinkles at the back thigh, but otherwise the fit is great around the waist, hip and bottom, and you do need to be able to move in your clothes! I rather like the way that the seam is shifted towards the front, although apparently that isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. And the back yoke is lovely too. All in all, I am very pleased with these pants and will be returning to this pattern regularly.

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The top is the Style Arc Ginger. The fabric came from Darn Cheap Fabrics, and is a burn out type of knit. From the Style Arc website:

This is the top of the season made simple. Clever drafting makes this top easy to sew without losing the look.
All in one sleeve, full front wrap with shoulder tucks falling into a draped bodice.

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This was not super easy to sew, but only because of my fabric choice. I did have to take my time and read and process the instructions, but I’m very pleased with the end product. I made size 12.

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I’d like to give this pattern another whirl – it works beautifully in a drapey knit, and would be fantastic in a viscose jersey. I really like the completed outfit, and will definitely sew both patterns again. Another Style Arc win for me!

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9 thoughts on “Flo and Ginger

  1. Great casual look! I also love Style Arc patterns and will have to try your picks out…I’m not sure how to tell if you have a flat butt. As I age I think I’m getting one 😦

  2. I was waiting for this. Nice fit but I definitely do not like the forward seam so will not make it up. I love the top though and even though you said if was a bit fiddly will put it on my to buy and make list.

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