10 things I love about Tessuti’s Anita ponti pants

wearing ponti pants standing at the top of the stairs ar the nishi hotel1 They are comfortable, very, very comfortable.

2 They are easy to make. No seam finishing needed. No zips, no buttons.

3 They are quick to make.

4 They look smart.

5 They’ll be great for 24 hour plane flights.

6 They’re good to wear with boots.

7 I can wear them to work (the grey ones at least), secret pyjamas,yay.

8 They’re wash and wear, no ironing.

9 You can make them all the colours of the rainbow.

10 They’re very stretchy, or as ‘Ginger‘ says, great if you need to kick someone in the neck, during a street fight. Ok, maybe that’s not really something I need.

I’ve made a pink pair, seen here in the foyer of the Nishi Hotel (going to see The Trip to Italy). Also wearing a cream bamboo Sewaholic Renfrew top under a (Country Road) cardi with a scarf from Canberra’s handmade market. Icebreaker coat, yep needed!

pink tessuti anita ponti pants- nishi hotel

I’ve made a grey pair, seen here in the foyer of the High Court of Australia (going to a fabulous concert, Music of Magnificence, with Polifemy, Walking the Dog and the Trumpet Club). Also wearing my ecru/natural jersey Coco under my (Country Road) jumper. Princess Highway red coat from Melbourne.


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I’ve made a patterned pair, seen here on a walk round the lake. David Lawrence jumper. No coat needed, a mild winter morning.


Have you got a favourite pants pattern?

Pattern: Tessuti’s Anita ponti pants
Fabric: ponte all from Addicted to Fabric

Construction: Seams done with a small zig zag stitch and left unfinished. Side seams top-stitched with twin needle. Elastic overlocked to waist. Hem and waistband hemmed with twin needle.

A note on the twin needles. I had a few dramas half-way through. All was going well until I ran over a pin and broke one of the twin needles. When I replaced it I had no end of trouble with skipped stiches, from one of the needles. I didn’t know what to do until I found Susan’s blog. In ‘double the troubleshooting’ post, she said skipped stitches were often caused by not using stretch needles. Once I replaced my universal twin needles with stretch twin, I had no more skipped stitches. A big thank you to Susan of Moonthirty.

I’ve linked this post up at Sewing Saturdays at Simple Simon and company, where you can see what other people are sewing this weekend.

20 thoughts on “10 things I love about Tessuti’s Anita ponti pants

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  3. Hi Barbara – thanks for the link love! I’m so glad it was helpful. I did my best to create the tutorial I wish I could have found when I started twin needling. 🙂 Your pants look fab!!


  4. Are they pull on or zip? And where do they sit? Waist, hip or in between? I find it really hard to find comfy pants these days. Must be old age! Do you make them in stretch fabric? I saw your pink ones the other day. They looked great!


    • hey Mary, they are pull on, in stretch fabric and sit on the waist. You really need to wear them with a longish top, at least I certainly do! Since I’ve made them I’ve been living in all three pairs. This weekend I’ve also made a Tessuti pants pattern that’s pull-on for woven. I’ve made linen and a Japanese cotton (on the blog soonish). I think will be good for spring/summer, whereas the stretch ponte is great for winter.


  5. Love these pants ~ anything warm and comfy must be a wardrobe staple in Canberra (being an ex-Canberra Gal I can recall those cold, cold days). Thanks for the twin needle tips … J


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