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Pattern Description: Women's Low rise and regular rise stretch jeans
Pattern Sizing: Little girls size 2 - womens size 22 (US)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except not as long as leggy. Unfortunately no pattern will do that for me..
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. The pictures were very clear and easy to follow. I like that Jalie now offers their pattern instructions for printing online. Rocketboy has a great tutorial for the waistband. I used his tutorial (I think page 31 on the Jeans SewALong message board) and it looks great!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The styling is very up to date. I love stretch jeans and these are pretty and comfy. I did not have enough ease in the size I tried (which I chose according to my measurements), but since I added an extra 1" for fitting insurance, I was able to make it fit. Without that extra inch, it would be too tight for me. Unless you like your jeans really snug, I'd recommend going up a size, after all, you can always take it in.
I also liked the Zipper application in this jeans. It looks very professional and RTW. As do the pockets.
Fabric Used: Stretch Denim.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Except for the additional 1" to the side seam and inseam (above the knee area), I made no alterations. I used this extra space to perfect the fit. I didn't use the extra 1" in the inseam and ended up trimming that off, but I did use it on the sideseam between hip to waist. I also added an extra 3/4" to the top of the waist. Just in case it was too low.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I'll try it again in the mid-rise (the low rise would've been really low for me), and cut a size larger. I'm also planning on making more for my daughters.
Great pattern. It's not that hard to do and looks great. I will never buy another pair of jeans again! I'd much rather spend a a couple afternoons sewing one that fits than settle for something that "nearly" fits.
I'm working on the McCalls pattern now and am almost finished. I like the Jalie one much better for fit, styling and instructions. Will post that review when I'm done.
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Okay, I did buy a few other pairs of jeans 'cuz I got too lazy to sew my own. But then I made these and again, I feel as though I don't ever want to buy another pair again. These fit well, and even though I forgot about ALL the quirks of this pattern, working through them made it worthwhile. I'll just have to review my notes next time (this time they're written on the front of the pattern instead of the last page).
I did add elastic to the back waistband as I found that to be very comfortable and reassuring on my Maritime Shorts. It was easy enough to add after attaching the waistband. There's a pic on my blog before I finished sealing it into the waistband. Also, though I love the look of the contrasting fabric on the inside waistband, I didn't do it to this pair of jeans. I wanted to keep the stretch factor for those days when I want to enjoy indulging a bit more... y'know the holidays are coming up. ;)
And I added a fish reverse applique on one of the back pockets, then finished sewing the pocket accents by trying to continue the water-like effect across on the other pocket. Also, the pockets are pretty big, which is not as flattering, but they do fit my phone so it's practical.
All the accent stitching was done with a triple stitch. I like the way the dark grey is subtle, but still visible on the indigo denim. I might add a bit of grey color to the fish to help him blend in a bit. He stands out a little bit too much on my butt.
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