Closet Core Pietra Pants in Linen

A review of Pietra Pants and Shorts

Reviewed by sewmanju on 21st February, 2021

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

A flat front, high-waisted silhouette with the comfort of an elastic waist in the back. Featuring lengthening panels in the front with slanted hip pockets and a hidden waist stay, you’ll never want to take them off.

Choose between four leg styles: a wide leg in floor-skimming or cropped length (View A), a slim and tapered leg (View B), or gently flared shorts (View C).

I made view B.

Pattern Sizing:

PDF pattern available in sizes 0 – 30.

Note that sizes 0 – 20 are drafted using one block, and sizes 14 – 30 are drafted using a different block. There is some overlap between sizes 14 – 20 between both block drafts. e.g. the size 14 measurements from the smaller block are different to the size 14 from the larger block. Study the measurements to decide which size you should go for.

Mine are a size 20 from the smaller size block range.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love how easily these came together with minimal alterations and how comfortable they are. High waisted, pull-on, love the leg lengthening seams which also offer fit opportunities and an easy make. Nothing to dislike, although if you have to grade between sizes for your waist and hip you may have to consider adding an invisible zipper at the side seam. Closet Core have a tutorial for this available.

Fabric Used:

Heavy stone washed linen.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

  • I added 1 inch to the rise in the back
  • I added 0.5 inches to the front vertical seams down past the hips
  • I measured down to the fullest part of my tummy from the waist seam and slashed and spread across and added in a 0.5 inch wedge by way of a full tummy adjustment
  • I shortened the legs by 2 inches
  • I ended up making the elastic about 2.5 inches shorter than the suggested length for my size
  • I narrowed the leg openings by 1 inch in total, by removing 0.25 inches from the inner and outer legs, front and back
  • I tool 1 and 7/8ths inch for the hem
  • I ended up raising the crotch by 1.5 inches. My toile didn’t show that I needed to do that, but a combination of my other alterations and maybe this heavy weight linen meant I felt it was necessary

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes, I might sew these again. They are a great pattern to have. I would recommend.

Conclusion:

Lock down dressing just got a little more adventurous 😉