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.
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…..
Ginger Jeans review below and here:
Low rise skinny jeans. View A with B legs.
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?
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.
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.
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.