|Pattern Description: Jeans, close fitting through thighs and hips, flared bottom.|
Pattern Sizing:Typical Jalie -- toddler 2-women's 22. I used size R, based on hip measurement and the fit was spot on!
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes, except mine are floral.
Were the instructions easy to follow?Very detailed and precise. They are lengthy, though -- 55 steps! I also relied on other sources for the fly front zipper, something I have never attempted before. Sandra Betzina's Power Sewing has great photographs of the actual garment, which were easier for me to wrap my head around than just illustrations.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I am over the moon! These jeans fit better than any of my RTW jeans!
But what to wear with them??? Help please from some of you who are great stylists! This white t-shirt is not getting it!
I was concerned that the flared bottom might look like my old 60''s bellbottom jeans. But they really don't.
I spent a lot of time reading PR's numerous reviews. I was warned by JStarr about topstitching over many layers, ie, the belt loops. I used my clapper and a hammer to tame those bulky seams into submission. Not perfect, but okay!
Topstitching is a PITA to remove, so make sure you do lots of samples before commencing! I didn't, so spent hours unpicking!
Next time, I might get a bit more creative with my pocket stitching. But as I said, I really never thought these would see the light of day!
Fabric Used:A cotton/lycra denim from Mood -- a toile. I have been obsessed with owning print jeans. Ever since I saw a pair of floral Erdam jeans at Saks for a mere $995. I suppose the price is set there so that you can proudly say that you have never spent $1000 on a pair of jeans!
I used a heavy weight Coats and Clark thread. Actually, I used it because it was what I had on hand. When I tried a cream color topstitching, it was invisible. Why go to all that trouble if you can't see it, I thought. So I went with a contrasting color.
I also used a jeans needle, size 90, for all of the construction. Because of the stretch of this fabric, I also used my walking foot exclusively.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
When I make these again, I will make the waistband a tad wider. Compared to my RTW jeans, this waistband is a little skimpy and would be better at a finished width of 1 1/2" rather than the 1 1/4" that it is. This seems pretty minor but it does make a difference.
I want some rivets for my next pair of jeans!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Absolutely. I will definitely make these again, though don't know when as I have enough jeans for now!
These jeans don't take as long as you might think. I started them yesterday afternoon and finished them today. Lots of breaks and lots of unpicking!!!
Conclusion: A great pattern. Has anybody ever rated it lower than "high recommend"?? Great fit, detailed instructions. I am really doing a happy dance over these! So happy to have finally done a fly front zipper!