If you struggle with pants fitting and you have a rather flat behind, this pattern might be for you! Thanks to Jamie, I found out about and ordered this new pattern from Style Arc: the Flat Bottom Flo. You are forced to choose one pattern size when you order. My measurements fell in-between sizes. After asking Style Arc which pattern to order, I ordered the larger size.
I made my first pair out of what I think is cotton lycra from Colorado Fabrics. (Maybe I should learn to do burn tests, eh?). My husband and my sewing cohorts all agreed that the fit looked pretty good without adjustment. So I continued to make 2 more out of patterned ponte knits (poly/rayon/spandex) from Colorado Fabrics (thanks to Jill’s eagle eyes), 1 out of a plum purple ponte knit (poly/rayon/spandex) from Fabric Mart Fabrics, and 1 from a beautiful black double knit wool (wool/spandex) from Elfriede‘s right here in Boulder, Colorado. In the photos, the patterned ponte knit from Colorado Fabrics is on the left, the ponte knit from Fabric Mart Fabrics is in the middle and the stretch wool from Elfriede’s is on the right.
I did make two adjustments: I fixed gaposis in the back by taking in 1.5″ in total at the center back and I took 4″ off in leg length. I tapered the gaposis fix to right below where the yoke meets the main body of the pants. But in looking at the photos below, I think I need to fix the fix to get rid of that bubble in the middle of my backside (see the purple ponte knit). The gaposis fix also required that I shortened the back waist band by 1.5″. Yep, my back waist band is now shorter than my front waist band.
I cut the 2″ elastic to match my waist measurement. And with the slight overlap at the ends to secure the elastic into a loop, the waistband is amazingly comfortable. No more trying to squeeze into 28″ waistbands! No more muffin top!
Now that I look at these photos, it does appear that even more adjustments could be made to the back side. But really, this is starting to get tiring. My earlier pants-fitting efforts are described here. Maybe I should give those Walmart pants a second look.
Anyway, I did notice that the wool tends to be much looser than the polyester pontes. Why is that? I cut the exact same size and the wool *is* a stretch wool. I was very surprised and feel that the wool pants fit more like a sweat pant now.
Overall, I am amazed at the quality of this Style Arc pattern. I don’t think I’ve ever had a pattern where the notches matched up so perfectly. I also think that there a few more notches than in Big 4 patterns. I find this very helpful.
Looking forward, I might try and make additional adjustments to the backside. Or I might try this pattern with a woven. I’ve run into endless problems with my ponte knits pilling and I’m hoping that these new fabrics won’t pill. If they do, I may just have to give up on polyester ponte knits.