achievement unlocked: ponte de roma V1411 pants

first, a bloggy housekeeping note: the other day, i averaged nearly 2000 hourly views. i typically get closer to 4 hourly views, so this was a huge anomaly. i can only assume my blog was linked somewhere, but i don’t have the most sophisticated blog tracking so i don’t know where all that traffic was coming from. i get a pretty steady stream of viewers coming from pregnancy forums or people looking for info on pregnancy tests, thanks to my whole thrilling negative-blood-test-even-though-i-was-pregnant saga, but these viewers were looking at all kinds of posts, including a lot of my sewing posts.

if you are visiting thanks to a link somewhere online, would you mind commenting & letting me know about the link? just because i’m curious. or, if you have a hot tip on good (free!) tracking software i can use (with a free wordpress account) to get a sense of where my traffic comes from, that would be great too.

okay, pants!


these are the same vogue 1411 pants, designed by sandra betzina, that i made a couple of weeks ago. this time i used some black-on-black floral ponte de roma that i bought online from mood fabrics. it was easier to sew than the denim. maybe it had a little bit more stretch? it also shows the seamlines & topstitching better, which is great because that’s kind of the whole point of these pants.

rear view:


maybe i am getting a lot of blog views because i am suddenly posting photos of my ass & myself in a bra? hmmmm.

these were pretty quick to sew up since i’d already made the pattern once. the ponte is actually really nice to wear, but could not really be pressed. not a huge problem aside from the fact that it makes the crotch seam a little bit prominent. it looks fine in the mirror, but it was hard to get a photo that didn’t just scream, “hey guys, check out my crotch!”

i suspect this post will get a high ranking in some pretty unsavory google searches.

i cut these pants in a straight size F (sandra has her own unique sizing system), which is pretty much smack dab in the middle of the sizing chart. therefore, i think this is a great plus-sized pattern. it has an extensive size range & the curved seams are super-flattering. jared’s response when i modeled the pants for him: “those make your legs look really good. like…REALLY good.” i practically had to throw a bucket of water on him.

the only alterations i made were to raise the rise in the back a tiny bit (like half an inch) & to scoop out the front crotch curve just a little bit more. i also added two inches to the hem. these are designed to end at the ankle, i guess, which would look good with heels. however, i never wear heels, so i like my pants hems to touch my foot.

i did try to add side-seam pockets, which was a colossal fail. i forgot about how the waistband adds an inch & a half to the top of the pants & i set the pockets in way too low, & it just wasn’t going to work because this pattern is designed for stretchy fabrics & relies on a certain degree of negative ease for fit. which means the pockets would inevitably gape open. trust me, it was horrific. so no pockets this time. kind of a bummer because pants without pockets are of limited utility in my life, but i guess as long as i have a purse or a jacket with pockets, it’s fine.

thus far, wearing these pants has not given me an uncontrollable urge to run away & follow cinderella on tour.

in other news, we signed the lease on a house. not the house i wrote about the other day. we could have had that house but we chose a different one for reasons that are somewhat inexplicable. they’re both great houses. the one we ended up choosing is half a block from south park (the main big city park in lawrence), two stories, equipped with a perfect little home office for jared, MORE than enough room for my sewing, & the landlord is having the interior professionally painted the colors of our choice before we move in. i haven’t lived in a single-family two-story house since i was like 16 years old. it seems so grown up. i mean, i guess i’ll be 36 when we move. that is an age that most people consider “grown up”. but of course, a secret of adulthood is that you never actually feel grown up. you always feel like a 15-year-old who has somehow conned the world into giving you a decent credit score & complementary life insurance from your credit union.

Published by Ciara

Ciara Xyerra wrote zines for the better part of two decades. She has a brilliant & adorable preschooler named Ramona & sews as much as she possibly can. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her boyfriend. She enjoys catching up on "The New Yorker", meatball subs, keeping it cranky, intersectional post-third wave feminism, dinosaurs, & monsters. If you have nothing nice to say, she recommends that you come sit here by her, so you can say not-nice things together.

3 thoughts on “achievement unlocked: ponte de roma V1411 pants

  1. I still get the urge to yell “I need an adult! I need an adult!” Pretty much constantly. :p

    I am pretty sure there is a section on your wordpress dashboard called stats that should have a section for referrer. I self-host, so I’m not super helpful about where it is. But I have the Jet Pack plugin on my blog (it’s supposed to give you a lot of the same functions as you get on, and it has a referrer section.

    Congrats on the new house!

    1. yeah, there’s a referrer section, but mosv of it is “unknown”. there’ll be like five hits from other blogs & 60 from “unknown”. i just have the free wordpress package. apparently they give you more stats info if you pay. i don’t really think it’s worth it for me though. i mostly just blog for my own amusement, not to try to be any kind of a big deal.

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