I can't believe I made jeans that actually fit!
Pants/Jeans have been on my 'must learn' list for a little while and I've been reading anything that I could find on pant fitting, but do you think I understand it - NO! Earlier in the year I attempted a New Look pattern, very straight forward ... back, front, band, side zip - what a disaster!
Thanks to the wonderful world of sewing blogs I discovered the Jalie Jean pattern - I read a number of blogs and Pattern Reviews looking for the hook, but it seemed that this pattern was fail proof ... my kinda pattern! I placed my order and picked up some rather cheap stretch denim ($20 for 2.6m), thinking that if it all went to custard again I hadn't really spent a lot of money!
I chose the low rise option in a size u (US size 8), based on my hip measurement. My waist isn't as small as the pattern suggests it should be for that size, but I figured that because they were low rise that wouldn't matter and I could adjust the waist band if necessary.
I selected a light weight denim so it would be easy on the sewing machine and I didn't have bulk to deal with. The only adjustment I made to these jeans was to the leg style and length. The pattern is a bootleg jean, I adjusted that to a straight leg and added two inches to the length. My biggest pet hate about RTW jeans, is they just don't make them long enough for my legs.
I am super over the moon with how these jeans have sewn up. I can't believe how easy they were to make actually. And look, I can even wear a pair of heels with my jeans!
I'm ready to make my next pair! I would also like to make a pair of skinny jeans, which I am thinking is just a re-shape of the leg from above the knee?
This will be my final project for Indie Pattern Month, whew! I have completely exceeded my own expectations this month - I only planned on making one garment which was My Cordova. That came together so quickly that I started on the Go Anywhere Dress. I finished that last weekend and had the pleasure of wearing it this week :-) Next on my 'to do' list were the jeans ... because they were pants I thought it would take me ages with a little frustration thrown in; how wrong was I! Check out the other awesome projects, by talented people on the Pinterest Board