You have no idea how excited I am to share this make with you.
Probably like most of you, I’ve been lusting after easy going linen pieces.
I was about to hack some patterns to get what I wanted when the sewing gods smiled on me and Heather’s pattern tester call landed in my inbox. And now she’s finally released her Rome collection – including these Pietra pants.
Hello trousers of dreams.
Also, sidenote, we lived in Rome for about a year right after university so I’m particularly vibing on the inspiration here (pietra means stone in Italian).
So if you’re a linen (and Italian) nerd like me, read on 🙂
I love how all the patterns could work together and that they’re aimed at beginners so that people new to sewing can really get a taste for sewing. I definitely wish these were around when I first started.
This view B – the tapered leg version. There’s also a wide leg long and shorts version. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a solid selection of silhouettes.
The pattern has an off centre seam in the middle front, which allows for those sweet ass pockets. And trust me, it may look a bit intimidating, but they’re super easy. Just fabric folded back on itself to make a pocket.
All version have the same high waist with a close fit coming from shaping at the side seams. I’ll be honest, I was a bit unsure about the lack of a waistband. I guess it’s just what I’ve gotten used to. But it’s such a flattering shape I definitely don’t miss one. Plus leaving it out means this make comes together pretty easily.
And I haven’t even mentioned the best thing about this pattern – the elastic waist. Which makes them pretty much the most glam secret pyjamas you’ll ever wear.
I initially made these up in some old bed sheets. Because testing patterns – even from solid places like Closet Case can still be a gamble.
Needless to say, they were pretty brilliant from the start. Had they not been totally see through I’d show you. 😅
Once I’d made them all I could think of was how awesome they would look in biscuit/latte coloured linen. I managed to find this at Backstitch just outside Cambridge. It’s a medium weight latte coloured cotton/linen blend with a medium to stiff drape. Perfect for showing off the structural nature of the pattern, but still being super comfy to wear.
Is it a terribly practical choice given my clumsy nature and mammahood?
Of course not, but the heart wants what the heart wants.
Some of you were asking on Instagram how it fits. I made a straight size 12 bases on my measurements. I’d say the pattern runs true to size. With an average amount of ease.
If you’re in between sizes, especially at the waist, I’d plump to go up a size as you can adjust the elastic as needed.
Also, I definitely have a mamma tum going on – I just had a baby 4 months ago in these photos – and I feel 100% comfortable wearing these. They somehow manage to hold me in without being uncomfortable. Read: sitting down is no problem.
In fact, these actually make me feel confident strutting my stuff on the school drop off and all that! Worth its weight in gold!!
Despite being a tester AND massive amounts of sleep deprivation because of the bambino, these came out pretty darn fast and with no issues.
The instructions are really clear and there’s even a nice section at the front recapping on grading and different seam finishes. I don’t know about you, but those are the sorts of things I’m forgetting all the time so it’s helpful to have an easy reference guide.
I opted to finish the seams with a zigzag stitch (with my overlocker still out of action). Apart from the front seams which I finishes with French seams.
Because I’m fancy like that. 😅
I mean obviously it’s true love.
I’ve been searching for clothes that will make me feel less frumpy in this newborn period. Read: comfortable, streamlined, linen. And these fit the bill perfectly. Heck, the whole collection is my new obsession.
Stay tunned for a shorts version (obviously) and some Cielo tops popping up here soon!