Ginger Jean- Low Rise & Skinny

This is not my first pair of jeans. When I made my first pair I was surprised how easy they actually were. The hardest part is the top stitching, which is INFINITELY harder if you use a bright gold thread and you have a silly little home sewing machine.  Jean material gets thick.

When I made my first pair I ripped apart my favorite pairs of pants (I bought two eight years ago so I had one to spare) and used the pieces as a pattern. This is when I discovered that for girls that are little in the middle but got much back that all waist pieces should be curved. Straight waists are for high waist pencil skirts, not jeans. Or maybe twiggy people but I don’t sew for them.

I didn’t need another jean pattern but saw someone online make them and became obsessed. I didn’t need another pair of skinny jeans either but somehow is doesn’t count if you make them yourself.

My M.O. when trying out a pattern for the first time is; don’t read the instructions, glance at the measurements, cut with a fabric you will wear and there is no such thing as a bad ‘muslin’ only a bad pattern. So I cut an 8 and was off to the races. Before I attached the waist I tried them on and they fit nicely in the thighs and butt but were too large in the waist. You can see below that there is also an interesting butt wrinkle going on, no idea how that happens.

I trimmed them in about 3/4 of an inch at the back and should have taken 3/8″ on the sides but waited until the waste was done, doh. Had I taken in the sides a curvier waist piece would have been nice for the low rise. The fix below drives me nuts but I couldn’t bring myself to redo the waistband.

The length is good, the cut isn’t so narrow that I can’t get them on and I can roll them over twice and get a nice cuff for wearing with wedges in the summer.

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I think my next pair will be in black with black thread and hardware since my pair of Lucky Jeans got ruined by the first wash, or maybe I will tear those apart and build a new pair….. uh, so much to do so little time…..

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Ginger Jeans review below and here:

Pattern Description:
Low rise skinny jeans. View A with B legs.
Pattern Sizing:
I made the size 8. I don’t think it has 1″ ease, when in doubt cut large.
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?
I liked the pocket pattern, fly instructions and curved waist which is a MUST. I didn’t need the instructions but like to compare them to the big brands and these were very good for beginners.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I think the pockets could be a little farther apart and lower.
Fabric Used:
Jean with very little stretch.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Had to take the back seam in 3/4″ and side seams in 3/8″. I have a 32″ inseams with heals so tall girls may want to cut these longer.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, probably not for jeans but for office pants. View B waist will be my next pair.
Conclusion:
If you haven’t made jeans before don’t be intimidated. I find these WAY easier than blouses which I can’t get to fit right for the life of me. Use a thread that matched your jeans (dark blue or dark grey) and make life simple for your first time.

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Simplicity 1059 Jiffy Dress

So, I moved to LA. As in proper. So between the move and getting used to massive amounts of people out ALL THE TIME with nothing ever on the shelves I haven’t had much time to sew. Plus, the nearest Joann’s is about 6 miles, which is 20 miles in suburbia.

Jiffy dress, yes please! But, it was more than four pieces. In fact eleven (including the waist tie) plus a zipper. Ain’t nobody got time for that. To speed things up I cut the front as one piece with a scoop neck, back as one piece omitting the zipper and ditched the neck facing. With a serger that overlocks there is no reason to face a knit. To spruce it up I added a 2″ cuff at the end of the blouson sleeves. All that fabric in a little elastic lined cuff would be a let down.

It’s a sack but between the pleats at the neckline, cuffs on the sleeves and a belt for days you aren’t eating three Christmas dinner in a row you’re ready for a night out on the town. Or, at least to the grocery store in Santa Monica.

I tried to get some good shots of the neck pleat but this fabric is like a Magic Eye 3D puzzle, good luck finding it….

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Simplicity 1059 review below and here:

Pattern Description:
Jiffy brand retro style dress from the 60’s (maybe)
Pattern Sizing:
I made the size 6, since it is a tent.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, but I am digging the flowered version they have. Perhaps I will find a good knit for one with a plunging neck line, very Trina Turk.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn’t use them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I assume “Jiffy” was a play on getting it done quickly. I am sure it would have gone together quickly but I didn’t have time for 11 pieces and a zipper.
Fabric Used:
Knit, of some cotton jersey variety. All I know is knit and weave so all the options in the drop down menu confuse me.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
To speed things up I cut the front as one piece with a scoop neck, back as one piece omitting the zipper and ditched the neck facing. With a serger that overlocks there is no reason to face a knit. To spruce it up I added a 2″ cuff at the end of the blouson sleeves. All that fabric in a little elastic lined cuff would be a let down.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely! If you need an easy sewing win after a disappointing and difficult jacket experiment (not that i know anything about that) then this would be a good rebound project.
Conclusion:
Sew it, belt it, love it.