Pattern Description: From the StyleArc website: "Great fitting narrow leg jean featuring all the traditional Jean features along with a contoured waistband sitting just on the waist". I made size 8 based on my measurements. I find this pattern to run wider than Jalie jeans with less of a difference between waist and hip size than Jalie (which is the only other brand of jeans pattern I have sewn).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are pretty good--more detailed than the earlier StyleArc pattern instructions. However, I have made jeans so many times that I don't really follow the instructions at this point. The instructions come with illustrations of how to do the zipper, but I prefer to have my zipper offset further from the center front so that there is more overlap to keep it hidden. I follow the Sandra Betzina Zipper Tutorial.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the slim fit of the jeans and the fact that the pattern has all the jeans details, including a 5th pocket and nicely shaped back pockets. The waistband is contoured--unfortunately it doesn't fit my waist and I will have to redraft it.
The pockets include an extension that gets sewn into the fly seams to hold the pockets in place--this is a nice feature.
Fabric Used: Very dark wash denim with a great deal of stretch. I can't remember where I got it.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I altered the back yoke pattern piece by slashing and overlapping in two places to remove over 1" of width at the waist. After I sewed the back and yoke together, I realized that I needed to trim the height of the yoke in the center and I needed to further reduce the width at the center back seam. Next time I will also lower the cro*ch curve. The waistband is 3-4" too long for me and I had to reduce the length. I do need to make these alterations whenever I make pants given the difference between my hip and waist measurements.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I have actually sewn this twice. When the pattern first came out I made a pair of jeans but didn't do my alterations well--I took darts in the yoke to reduce the excess width at the waist, which resulted in the back poofing out unattractively and the legs (which I took in too much in an attempt to make very skinny jeans) were uncomfortable as my denim wasn't very stretchy. I have not taken pictures of the wadder pair. I put the pattern aside for months until I found this very stretchy denim in my stash and the motivation to tackle it again. I plan to sew another pair again in a stretchy black twill soon, as I love these jeans.
Conclusion: This is a nicely drafted pattern with all the bells and whistles to produce a real RTW style pair of jeans. The pieces fit together well. Although I haven't perfected the fit yet, they are very comfortable. front back