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ClaireEmily
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Date: 10/16/09 6:54 AM

Having just finished my first pair of pants and I ready to move onto jeans, but I am not sure what pattern to choose.

I WANT a low waisted, contour waistband, rigid denim, widish straight leg (will need a full bottom adjustment) sized for 37" waist, 47" hip (pattern size 22-24). I like the 'boyfriend" style jeans that are around at the moment.

I am considering McCall 5142McCall 5142 the low waisted curvy version. But I am a bit put off that it has a straight waistband and am not sure how hard it would be to swap in the contour one.

I am also considering Jalie 2908 but am a bit worried about the sizing and fit when using rigid denim as it is designed for stretch - and that I have full thighs and it seems very fitted though the thighs. Also everyone that has reviewed it has been very slim, so I am worried it might not be that great in an size BB-CC.

Any larger jeans sewers has success with jeans patterns?

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Date: 10/16/09 9:31 AM

I don't have a recommendation on jeans...I haven't found a pattern that I am happy with yet...but as for your question about swapping in a contoured waistband, I have done that. I used one that had a center back seam, and no side seams, so less to line up, and just traced it off a pattern that I knew fit. I also trimmed down the top of the pant that I wanted to add it to just slightly because I didn't want to end up with the waist riding up too high, and it worked just fine.

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Date: 10/16/09 9:46 AM

I don't know it these are still in print, but I used burda8408 for my very favorite pair of jeans. The waistband is not countoured, but didn't need to be. These were not low rise, but not mom jeans either. I also made burda8704, once. The waistband is contoured, although I messed up the sizing. They ended up too tight. My latest pattern is HotPatterns Weekender Jean Jeanius Trouser Jeans, which I haven't made, yet. I ordered the demim from Vogue, yesterday. The jeans are supposed to sit 1.5" below the waist in front & 1" in back. There is a contoured waistband on these. I'll have to let you know how they go.

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Date: 10/16/09 9:32 PM

The contour waistband isn't hard to swap out, but it needs to fall at about the same area on your body. I took the contour waist from the older Plamer Pletsch jeans pattern and put it on this one here The waistband is supposed to fall below the waist and there was no way a straight band was going to fit my curvy body. I used a band that has a cb seam. Of course, I haven't cut it out yet, but I have fit it and it looks like it will work for me. I used the boot cut, but the straight leg can easily be made wider if it isn't wide enough for you.

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ClaireEmily
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Date: 10/16/09 9:47 PM

Thanks for your replies everyone. Glad to know that swapping in a contour band is not so hard - I think I will need one in every pair of pants. I have been dreaming pants patterns overnight and am now considering
Hotpatterns weekender jean jeanious trouser jeans which has a contour waist and the mid rise and straight legs I am after, or
Burda pants 7669 which has a really wide contour waist and what looks like lots of shaping through the hip.

I guess I just need to try them and see. I'm beginning to see that pants sewing is a LOT of fitting and trying things out and hard work!

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Date: 10/18/09 12:48 PM

I made the Burda 7669 and love them, but they don't fit like jeans.....a great trouser pattern.

I have also made the Jalie jeans and I'm amazed how good the fit is in the plus size range - I made a DD with adjustments to shorten the front and lengthen the back. The low rise version in Jalie is really low and might accommodate your wide contour WB nicely. I'm going to make a pair of Jalie Jeans out of non-stretch denim next -- they fit great right out of the dryer, so I'm hoping a stable denim will fit and hold its shape longer.

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Date: 10/18/09 1:58 PM

I'm still in the process of fitting this pattern (it's not the pattern - it's me who ... er ... got bigger since I first muslined it), but I can tell it's well-drafted, modern looking/fitting, and good for curves. It does have a contour waistband.

J Stern women's jeans

It is drafted for tall women so if you're not tall, you will have to petite it in the legs but that's easy enough to do and the pattern is marked well.

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ClaireEmily
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Date: 10/20/09 4:10 PM

Debbie and Kathi, thanks for your replies.

Debbie, that J. Stern pattern looks great. I'll have to save my pennies for international postage. I like the idea of independant patterns but haven't tried many yet apart from Farbenmix. And I have accepted that size changes are a part of life, annoying as it is. That is why I always trace off my patterns - so I can use a different size at another time, if need be.

Kathi, I'm glad that the Jalie jeans worked well for you. I don't want a really low rise jean, just mid rise really, so maybe the low rise with a wide contour waistband would be the go. I'm glad that Burda pattern was good for you too. Burda patterns have just gone on sale at Spotlight here, so I'll definitely pick that one up if they have it.

Thanks again ladies. It's so great to get some practical help and recommendations........

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Date: 10/24/09 9:09 AM

ClaireEmily, many successes reported here on PR for the Jalie jean...but design for a particular fit with a specific fabric is a critical element of pattern fitting.

So if the pattern is for a stretch denim, using a non-stretch is asking for trouble. Sort of like making orange juice with lemons and being shocked it is sour. That stretch --or lack of stretch is critical to how the pattern is shaped.

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Date: 1/17/12 9:32 PM

Bumping for current quesiton.

Future search term: pantsthread

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