Saturday, 2 August 2014

Jeans!

 Over the past year I've had several attempts at making jeans. I thought that I could get away with using a legging pattern for fabric with 2% Lycra. I couldn't. Not even with fabric with 5% Lycra. With those failures in mind I chose this denim from Remnant House in the medium blue with absolutely no stretch.
 I used Simplicity 9944 because I knew it fit in the waist, hips and the crotch and tapered it in at the legs to make them skinnier. The pockets were added from another pattern in my stash.
Even though I had tapered them in they still felt too baggy as can be seen in the picture below. I also decided that the hem slits had to go. They just weren't working.
With that in mind I slimmed them down even more and got rid of the slits entirely. So much better!
For the pocket lining I used some pink gingham. It's funny how that little pop of colour makes me feel so happy every time I put them on.
The one thing I am disappointed with is the back zip. The first time it looked perfect but the jeans were just too big! So I unpicked it and pinned it and unpinned it and pinned it and I just can't get it to look half decent. I have to do something about it though, because it looks dire.
I'm definitely getting there with the perfect jeans which is fab!
That's all I can think to say about them for now so thanks so much for reading and to Dad for taking the pics!
Lauren xx

6 comments:

  1. I love the pop of gingham, very cute. The way you took them in makes them look very 1950s. I've being plucking up the courage to attack jeans myself. You did an awesome job!

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    1. Thank you, you should definitely give jeans a go!

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  2. About the zipper, I'm assuming it's on a curved seam? My advice would be to remove it, press the fabric, and stabilize with a 2cm strip of fusible interfacing on both sides, then insert the zipper again. Also a walking foot may help if you have one available.
    I love your sewing and the way you write your blog it is very friendly and fun. Keep up the beautiful work.

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    1. Thank you for your great advice! The zip looks 100% better now.

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  3. Oh good on you for working on the perfect jeans, they are so hard to fit on yourself.
    The pop of gingham looks great and Sienna's suggestion of stabilising the zip is a great idea.

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    1. Thank you! Knowing what to do with the zip will save me loads of hassle next time.

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