Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wardrobe Planning -Black Ponte Pants

Time to plan your black pants, I am going with ponte fabric for this post and these pants.  Now the pants can be what is best for your body and your comfort level.  You can go with a legging, a skinny pant, straight leg, bootcut or flare.

To start let's get inspired from RTW.
From Kohl's bootcut ponte pants
Link to Kohl's pants 
Cabi bootlet -ponte

Cabi flare ponte pants

from net-a-porter - Michael Michael Kors skinny ponte pant

From Kohls,

Ralph Lauren skinny ponte pants

Vera Wang ponte pants from Kohls

Jennifer Lopez skinny ponte pants - Kohls

Then an entire selection at Neiman Marcus so take a look at all that ponte pant eye candy!

Then we need to talk patterns:

McCall's 6515

McCall's 6440

McCall's 6404

Butterick 5539

Kwik Sew 3807
Kwik Sew 3540
New Look 6977

Jalie 2561

Colette 1019
Burda 8341

New Look 6983

New Look 6082

New Look 6922

Style Arc - Elle Pant

Style Arc - Linda Stretch Pant

Now let's move onto fabric selections

Fabric Mart ponte

Gorgeous Fabric ponte (didn't see black here)

Fabric.com ponte

Hancock's ponte fabric

Marcy Titlon's ponte fabric

Emma One Sock black ponte

Fashion Fabric Club

You can Anne at Needle Nook Fabric for her ponte selection

Nancy Notions ponte fabric

Now if you have made it to the end of this blog post, I hope you find it helpful and not overwhelming.  This list of RTW inspiration pieces, patterns and fabric sources is in no way a complete list but a starting point for you to find the right style, pattern and fabric.

Good luck.  Please let me know what you find and what pattern you are using.


  1. I'm surprised you didn't mention Syle Arc pants patterns in your list.

  2. You. are. an. enabler! Suddenly, I feel like it would be really sensible to buy some more fabric and new patterns! My black pants are looking a little faded...

  3. I've seen ponte knit pants in RTW I just didn't realize how hot they were at all price points. I guess that means I should make me a pair for work and not for just working out!?! Thanks for highlighting not only so many pattern choices but also all of the different fabric spots!

  4. I've always been interested in sewing the sewing the wardrobe plan. I love ponte knit and you've shown me a couple patterns I overlooked. Time to shop and get some sewing done. Thanks!

  5. I have a pair of black ponte pants coming up too. I bought my ponte from Marcy Tilton and am looking forward to adding these to my wardrobe, but I am still in the decision process regarding which pattern to use.

  6. I just happen to be wearing some RTW black ponte knit pants today. I looked EVERYWHERE to find a well fitting pair at an acceptable price. I was not going to participate in most of this sew along but dang, Lori, you've done so much research, I might have to! I have yet to make a successful pair of pant, which is sort of a drawback to being able to keep up with your sewing speed.

  7. It seems everywhere I turn I see Ponte pants and I love them! A word of caution about the Ponte from Hancock's fabric. I have used the charcoal gray and the navy. They both have a pilling issue, the gray much more than the navy. I don't use the dryer on them after the prewash.

  8. Wow! So many choices! With all the wonderful new fabrics and styles for knits, seems that "knit pants" are not a bad thing anymore.

  9. I love Ponte pants. But they seem to pill eventually. I have purchased fabric from at least three different places - one big box, one small bricks-and-mortar place, and one online purchase. All of them eventually pilled even though I too never dry my pants, and only wash on cold inside-out.

  10. Somehow I missed this post! I've found it now, though. I might have to go try on pants at the store to find out which style is best. Then I can pick a pattern.

  11. That ponte knit from FFC is GROSS. Do not purchase it! The description says it can be used for cheer leading outfits and that's completely true. Think sports uniforms. Just FYI. This is a fabulous idea!

  12. Oh, forgot to post the reason I know it's gross is because I ordered some months ago and promptly returned it. :)