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Pattern Reviews> Jalie> 2908 (Women's Stretch Jeans)

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Reviewed by:Kathi R
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Posted on:3/4/10 7:14 PM
Last Updated:6/12/10 3:04 PM
Pattern Size:Plus-Sized 
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Sherril Miller said... (6/13/10 12:52 PM) Reply
Nothing feels better than a TNT pattern, and Kathi this one is perfect. You can have new jeans anytime you want now. Lucky you as my TNT jeans pattern doesn't fit me anymore.
Vibekeinyork said... (6/13/10 11:29 AM) Reply
These look so good - and hooray for the stack in your closet. No morning wardrobe hassles! I'm inspired. I have 1 pair of goodish-fitting jeans and I guard them more or less with my life!
Deepika said... (6/13/10 9:26 AM) Reply
Kathi great review and helpful tips on sewing with non stretch denim. I still haven't had the courage to try my next pair but love my first one. See you soon in Montreal!
Karen8320 said... (6/12/10 8:46 PM) Reply
Great work Kathi! These look really, really good on you. I love the way that you kept tweaking each version to 'get it right' for you. Thanks for sharing your ideas.
mhk3boys said... (6/12/10 6:25 PM) Reply
Your review is great! I love the term "butt sprung" LOL! You did an awesome job on your jeans!
Renee' S said... (6/12/10 6:21 PM) Reply
Kathi, your jeans look great. I have this pattern but I've got to work up the courage to attempt jeans. I love your terminology "butt sprung" that's a perfect description :) :)
ryan's mom said... (6/12/10 6:18 PM) Reply
Oh, those are SUPER jeans! Awesome fit too.
Skye said... (6/12/10 5:35 PM) Reply
fantastic jeans - they look really great :)
ibdeb said... (6/11/10 12:31 PM) Reply
Kathi, Thank you for a great review of this pattern. I've read other reviews but uncertain as to this pattern working for me since I am a plus size. I've ordered my pattern and anxiously awaiting it's arrival. I also have a healthy stash of various denim, and until now, did not have confidence in myself or a pattern that would work well for me. I will follow your lead and work through the first pair in muslin. Your fit looks superb!
brissie71 said... (6/3/10 0:23 AM) Reply
These look amazing. Thanks for doing a plus-sized review...I've been wondering about these for me, too.
Scheryka said... (3/15/10 9:39 AM) Reply
Nice jeans. And when you get your Jalie's done in non stretch let us know how it goes. I mistakenly done mine in nonstretch and needless to say...There was no way I was posting with a pair of pants that onlt fit 3/4 the ways up my hips! haha. I bought some stretch but the color I bought in the nonstretch is not available in stretch. My first intention was to put the stretch demin in the back and use a size larger to accomodate the non stretch front. Anyhow, let us know.
o3b said... (3/15/10 3:35 AM) Reply
These look so good on you. I had written off this pattern b/c everyone who reviewed it is so tiny. I was sure it wouldn't work for me on the larger end.
sewme47 said... (3/14/10 10:54 AM) Reply
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! I was afraid to try this pattern because I had only seen it reviewed by ladies of smaller sizes. You have given me the courage to go ahead and try to tackle the challenge of making real jeans--not just denim trousers. BTW, this is the most helpful review I have ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kathi R said... (3/12/10 4:02 PM) Reply
Missusprim -- yes, I used 2 strands of thread through the needle for top works best with a relatively large needle (90 or 100)
missusprim said... (3/11/10 10:26 PM) Reply
I like the way they look on you, and am sure the stretch plays a big role with the comfort level. Is it possible to use two strands of thread in the needle thread or did i misinterpret this? I also bought a Jalie pattern for jeans but have yet to try it. I'll surely take some of your hints to the sewing machine!
Deepika said... (3/8/10 8:21 AM) Reply
Kathi, your jeans are awesome and review so helpful. I like your suggestion of increasing the SA in the crotch area. I had some problems there too. This pattern is a winner!
mary in FL said... (3/5/10 10:12 PM) Reply
Thanks for the great review!
quathy said... (3/5/10 7:16 PM) Reply
Great review, and Great Jeans! Thanks for including your very helpful fitting tips!
SueV said... (3/5/10 4:39 PM) Reply
the jeans look great (and I've seen them in person). great review!
lilyofthevalley said... (3/5/10 2:18 PM) Reply
Kathi, you've really done a full analysis of the pattern and been a pathfinder for so many of us who want jeans that fit as magnificently as yours. Your jeans look wonderful on you and all of your work has paid great benefits. Lovely, Lily
no7262 said... (3/5/10 1:02 PM) Reply
They look great! Looks like you got a great fit! You give me hope for mine! Nora :)
susiestitcher said... (3/5/10 12:45 PM) Reply
Beautiful jeans! You should be proud. I am in the middle of mine -- so I hope I get a great fit like you did. Thanks for all the good tips also.
MelissaB in WA said... (3/5/10 11:16 AM) Reply
Spectacular jeans Kathi! I'm very impressed with how well this pattern fits ladies of all shapes and sizes. ITA that the SA's need to be a touch wider (especially in the crotch) so it reinforces when you topstitch - I had some pulling in the rear of mine I noticed where the topstitching only goes through one layer. Also, I have the same bagging problem of mine. Granted I didn't use 4% stretch denim, only 2% because I personally like the feel better and my RTW jeans are only 1%, so I think they just need to be shaved down a tad next go round. Great job Kathi!!!!
Nancy K said... (3/5/10 9:13 AM) Reply
These really look good on you! I am impressed with all your work and it's a great review. I agree with Debbie, hard to do better than these.
carolynw said... (3/5/10 8:35 AM) Reply
This is an A1+++ fit!! Not sure what you need to tweek to make these better but will be watching for your next pair!! Terrific review
becca a said... (3/5/10 7:32 AM) Reply
Your jeans are a great fit--very flattering! I love this pattern.
Rebecca D said... (3/5/10 6:58 AM) Reply
These jeans look fantastic. And a great review to boot. Thanks.
Vonnevo said... (3/5/10 4:05 AM) Reply
Terrific !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kathi, your jeans look great and the fit is brilliant.
JillyBe said... (3/5/10 2:22 AM) Reply
Fabulous fit and very helpful review - thanks! Now then, how many rave reviews for this pattern do I need to read before I but it & make them for myself? ;D
sew2little said... (3/5/10 0:32 AM) Reply
Kathi--These look great. I admire your willingness to take on jeans--any pants scare the pants off of me, and jeans are even scarier! I look forward to seeing the perfected version in Montreal!
Heidi Ho said... (3/5/10 0:09 AM) Reply
Very nice! I think they turned out great! I just finished my first pair too and it is exciting. You did a really fantatic job!
JEF said... (3/4/10 10:33 PM) Reply
They look great!
mastdenman said... (3/4/10 10:31 PM) Reply
Congrats! Great looking jeans.
VtMartha said... (3/4/10 10:08 PM) Reply
I'm very impressed!
Debbie Cook said... (3/4/10 9:51 PM) Reply
Better than this? These look pretty darn good to me!! Great job. :-)
mssewcrazy said... (3/4/10 9:26 PM) Reply
Nice jeans-you probably did lots of us a favor by all that thinking and measuring. I think in the future I will do more flat measuring of patterns and comparing with an item I can wear like you did here. How wonderful that you have a jeans pattern all fitted up now.
Elona said... (3/4/10 9:05 PM) Reply
Nice jeans! And I mean that!
Patti B said... (3/4/10 8:29 PM) Reply
Congrats on some great jeans! Funny how we can outsmart ourselves sometimes with too much analysis.
Sew4Fun said... (3/4/10 7:47 PM) Reply
Fabulous jeans and the fit looks great. I think we all suffer from over thinking at times. :) Glad it didn't stop you sewing though.
puddypaws said... (3/4/10 7:38 PM) Reply
You did a great job!
RadarRadiance said... (3/4/10 7:36 PM) Reply
You did great and a very helpful review, too. I also like the idea of setting up both machines. I always have a couple set up but never thought to use them....DUH! especially with the top stitch thread because it is a pain switching. They look very nice on you, back looks perfect! Have the pattern so enjoy the info..... I will not over engineer HA HA....
sewing for fun said... (3/4/10 7:36 PM) Reply
Beautiful job and perfect fit - I would love to find the fabric for myself... where/who is FIDM?
Gecko said... (3/4/10 7:22 PM) Reply
Wow! I'm impressed. Your jeans look great! Thanks for all the info. I have this on my "to do" list and I'm trying to psych myself up for it.
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