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Date: 6/8/13 8:05 AM

I'm looking for a good pattern for low rise jeans. Jalie 2908 look great in most of the photos I've seen, I'll probably buy it soon. My problem is, the Jalie pattern is designed exclusively for stretch denim and I really prefer jeans with very little/no stretch. Does anyone have any experience making the Jalie jeans with non-stretch denim? Or are there other patterns out there for low rise jeans I might be missing? Any help would be wonderful =)

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Date: 6/8/13 11:52 AM

You could try Jennifer Stern's jean pattern. It's had positive reviews and the fabric recommendation doesn't say anything stretch, just denim, corduroy, etc. J Stern Designs are sold by PR if you can't find the pattern elsewhere.

Your other option is to cut the jalie pattern a size or two larger than drafted for stretch fabrics. I have a couple jalie pants patterns that tell you to do this if you are not using stretch fabric, though I have not tried it. I would think that the sizing up should be for circumference and not length, but as I say, I haven't done this.

Good luck!

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Date: 6/8/13 12:13 PM

Thanks for the suggestion =) I definitely want to buy that J Stern pattern now. I've never sewn jeans before so it's going to be a learning process.

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Date: 6/8/13 1:25 PM

You may want to consider Jennifer Stern's online video PR class! Blueprints to Blue Jeans, available any time here on PR. You can ask questions of her on the class board. From the reviews I've read of her jeans pattern, the people may have been taking her class or gotten her pattern because of a class they took with her at some point. They seemed to find her a helpful instructor.

I just got Palmer&Pletsch's Jeans for Real People 2-disk DVD. Haven't watched it yet, but the one review on PR seems to be favorable, which is why I ordered it. Had extremely fast shipping, too. It arrived 2 days after I ordered it. I mostly ordered it for the jeans detailing. I've sewn many, many pants, including yoked pants, but never have bothered with felled seaming or rivets or any of the construction details that make a pair of jeans jeans instead of another pair of pants. I'll post a review after I get a chance to watch it all (3 hours!). I bought it directly from P&P.

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Date: 6/8/13 1:33 PM

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Thanks for the suggestion =) I definitely want to buy that J Stern pattern now. I've never sewn jeans before so it's going to be a learning process.

Great choice - Jennifer writes excellent instructions.

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Date: 6/8/13 1:37 PM

I made Vogue 8774, and I consider them pretty low rise. Mine hit me around my hip bones, and actually, if I make them again, I'm going to actually add a little rise to the back. It was a good pattern...Sorry, I haven't posted a review on them yet.

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Date: 6/9/13 8:52 AM

Be sure to make a muslin in J stern. My measurements suggested a different size than what fit. I took her class and she helped me a lot with fitting. I'm not sure this is the best pattern for the first pair of jeans. Jalie has a fit that works for most people. I think most people increase the side seams at the waist and hips 1/2 inch for non stretch denim. J Stern does have some really good instructions and Jalie does too.

Good Luck

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Date: 6/9/13 9:40 AM

I made the Vogue pattern and threw it away after making them. I wasn't that impressed. It seemed a cross between a pant and a jean, and more toward a beginner jean pattern than a real jean pattern. I'm a pear and added a wedge to give more room for my bum. The fit up into the small of my back, over the bum, under the waist, but definitely not low hip hugger.
They want you to sew a pant hook instead of a button or jean snap. I wanted to try the actual pattern out their way before I made changes, but never did. I've worn them once right after making them, but I never reach for them for a 2nd wearing.

I mainly reach for a McCalls jean pattern which is not hip hugger so I don't have any other suggestions. I've made the Jalie stretch which I do like a lot, and a Kwik Sew jean in non stretch, (not a hip hugger), which I wear for dressier occasions because I save them back.

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Date: 6/9/13 10:17 AM

Do consider the J Sterns class and pattern...that way if you have any fit issues she can help you. That would include help if you want to lower the rise of her pattern or have pattern corrections to do...like excess fabric under your bottom. The fit results are nice, I made several pairs when I took the class...now that I have lost weight I'm leaning toward doing Angela Wolf's 4200 jean. It too calls for fabric with some slight stretch...I plan on just adjusting the sizing for non-stretch. Check out some of her "how-to" videos here:
Angela Wolf Jean Tips

You also may be able to google Sandra Betzina's zipper install technique...it is fabulous ~ fool proof ~ and easy!!

Good luck with your jeans...have fun!

Nancy

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Date: 6/9/13 10:55 AM

Silhouette Patterns has a lot of the same pant info on some of her free webcasts http://www.silhouettepatterns.com/

found under past webcasts. It's also easy to take out a bit of the rise on at your pattern and muslin tries to get to your perfect hip fit. I may have a Pippa Middleton or a MimiG bum, but I'm very happy with it, and just want my jeans to look good but not vamp. That's why there are so many different choices for sewists and that's is such a very good thing.
I've never tried the Stern or the Wolf patterns, but the jeans look very nice.

*I've had more mall time, and the girls butt cracks have been constantly in front of me.
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