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Marlo Sweater and Lander Pants

Hello! I’ve got a new outfit to talk about today and it features two of my favorite True Bias patterns.

I’ve been in need of black pants for so long and I’m so happy that I finally got some made! I turned to my tried and true Lander pants pattern (currently available up to 38.5″ waist and 46.5″ hip) for these and they are just what I was missing in my wardrobe. I love sewing (and wearing) Lander pants. They don’t take me too long to sew, because believe it or not, the exposed button fly has fewer steps than a zip fly does. Plus, this is something like my 8th pair so I’m quite familiar with the process.

My current measurements put me in a size 10 at the waist and I graded out to be between size 12 and 14 at the hips. I love that this pattern has 1″ side seam allowances so that there is some room to play around with getting just the right fit.

My fabric is a light to mid-weight (I’d guess about 7 or 8 oz per square yard) twill that I got from Mood fabrics a while back. It’s probably been in my stash for a year waiting to become these pants. It was great to sew, but black pants are so difficult to photograph. You’ll have to trust me about the cool KATM jeans buttons I used on the front. I had intended to make these zip fly but completely forgot to add the extension piece to the front of the pants before I cut them. The matte black jeans buttons blend right in with the fabric so the exposed buttons aren’t very noticeable from a distance.

Over the weekend I made this fabulous Marlo sweater (available in 2 size ranges, up to 50.5″ waist and 59.5″ hip) to wear with my new Landers. Alexis from @mysweetsunshine used this same fleece to make a Marlo sweater a while back. When I found some of the fabric, which is a luxe fleece from Joann, I just had to copy her Marlo. The fabric is really soft, plush, and warm!

I got 2 yards of the fleece and was hoping I could make the longer view of Marlo. Because I wanted to bands to be cut from the solid cream areas of the fabric I didn’t end up having enough fabric to make the longer length work. I could have tried to track down some coordinating ribbing and then I would have had enough of the fleece for the body and sleeves… but I was too impatient and decided to just make the shorter length.

This fabric has some crosswise stretch, but it doesn’t stretch at all in the length. I wish I would have thought about that before I cut because I would have liked the sleeves to be a little longer. I added 1/2″ to the sleeve length and 1″ to the body, but it’s shorter than my other cropped Marlo because there is no vertical stretch. It’s not a huge deal, but something for me to consider if I make another one from a similar fabric. My Marlo is a size 8 graded to a 10.

I’m loving these two together! I think the sweater will be cute with the black jeans I cut out last week and I know that I’ll get a ton of use from the black pants. I have so many tops in my wardrobe that will look great with them.

What are you sewing lately? I just cut a bunch of new projects and I’m hopeful that I’ll be back again soon with some more finished garments!

~Teri

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