|Pattern Description: Misses' Jeans. Close fitted, straight-legged or boot cut, below ankle pants have contour waistband and yoke back below waistline and carriers, side front pockets and fly frtont zipper. Optional topstitching design and rivets.|
Pattern Sizing: (ABC) DEF) (GHIJ)
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? yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the fly technique. Over the years, I've done the fly in many ways, but this is the best, once you figure it out.
Fabric Used: Denim (prewashed prior to sewing)
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I bought the pattern in the largest size to make my niece a pair of pants. I didn't want to go buy another pattern, so I traced off size G for myself and basted the pieces together. The crotch fit fine, so all I really had to do was take in the sides. The front pockets are nice and wide, so not much is affected regarding the pocket when you reduce at the side seams. I had the back pockets on. Husband (my fit consultant) did not like them and when I looked in the mirror, they made my butt look "low", so I took them off.
I traced off the size J for my niece and also basted the pieces together. We had to take off a good two inches from the side seams. Worked out ok, because as I said before, the front pockets are nice and wide. For her, the front crotch was very baggy. I didn't think I could do much about it for this pair of pants, because I thought this was strictly a pattern alteration. I ended up taking apart the inseam and pulling down the front of the pants at the center crotch so that it was about 3/4" past the edge of the back crotch and sewed about a 1" seam allowance across where the front and back crotch seam intersect. Then I restitched the inseam from the notches to even it out. This made a huge improvement to the baggy front. Also, the back waist came down too low. She was not comfortable with this, so we had to raise the back yoke. For the next pair, I altered the back pattern piece to increase the back lenth as well as the back yoke. The front waist band was just where she wanted it. I had to put in a piece of 1" wide elastic inside the back yoke, because it gapped across the back.
Last week, she liked the loose fit, but this week she liked a closer fit, so I increased the seam allowance another 1/2" on the outer and inner leg seam.
I added 4 inches to the length for both of us and ended taking it back off my pants and 5 inches off my niece's pants. (better safe than sorry)
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I plan to make my niece another pair for Christmas with the alterations. She liked these pants, even though I told her they were a sample. I wore my pants today and they were very comfortable and hung nicely. I'll make myself some more.
Conclusion The fly technique was great and the zipper is securely set way back behind the fly. There appears to be less stress on the zipper, so you don't really need the metal zipper.
Few weeks ago, I tried out the Kwik Sew Jeans pattern for myself and gave it a good rating which is still what I would rate it today.
Betzina jeans have a contour waist, whereas the Kwik Sew has a straight waistband which fits fine for me with some elastic inside the back waistband. The Kwik Sew waistband sits right on my waist.
I didn't need the elastic in the Sandra Betzina jeans. These jeans have front waist band that sits slightly below my waist.
The Kwik Sew pattern only goes to XL, so this would not have been a pattern, I could have used for my niece.
In conclusion, I will still use both patterns. INMO they are both good.
Edit: 9.28.13 - Made a pair for the Wardrobe contest from 10 oz Robert Kauffman Indigo Denim. This is a softer denim so the jeans hang more like slacks. I just lost some weight, but haven't decided yet if I would like these jeans more closely fitted or not. I don't think they are too big yet. They are very comfortable and I wore them to work yesterday on Jeans Friday.