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?
Were they ever! Angela makes this a no brainier. The instructions are written in a really nice spiral bound booklet. She even offers a free PDF with the pattern. I didn't use the PDF, I had purchased her "Make your own Jeans" video which offers a ton of tips. I also took her on line fitting class and used this pattern to work on.
She includes several very useful tips throughout the instructions. I even bought myself a pink hammer just for this project!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
There are so many useful tips in this pattern. She shows you how to insert the zipper and fly front in very easy to follow steps so if you have never worked with a fly front it is easy as pie. I've worked with other patterns that have you doing twice as many steps. All unnecessary. Angela combines steps to save time, and really, it's twice as simple.
She also has you put stay tape in the waistband to keep it from stretching out as you wear the jeans. No more stretched out waistband after wearing these for an hour. I have worn these several times and put them through the test and I must say....I really love this idea. I don't have to wear a belt to keep my pants on!! The pocket facing is also done more like RTW and I really like this application too.
Dislike??? well.....if I had to dislike something it would be the rise, but that's more of a personal preference. I'll lower it next time. Fabric Used:
Stretch dark (almost black) denim bought at a local fabric store.
I used a jean top stitching thread in white and used my triple stitch for topstitching. This looks very RTW.
For the front pocket lining I used a yellow crepe back satin left over in my stash and I also had some heavy cotton print that I used for the waistband facing and fly front.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Well....like I said I took the on line class on PR that Angela offered. So I did make some alterations, not necessarily changes. The alterations I made were to fit the pattern to my specific body type, you know...get rid of drag lines and gaps. As for actual changes.... the rise of the jean sits a little higher than I like. And I didn't realize this until I had gotten to the final fitting stage. So I ended up cutting the waistband in half (which cut off about an inch) to lower it a bit. They fit perfect now so the next time I make these (and there will be more!) I will lower the rise about 1 1/2 to 2 inches. this pattern has a wide waistband (a 2 button band) and I really love the wide band so I will keep it wide for future pants.
Also...I think my back pockets are a little too far apart. Next time I'll move them closer to the center back seam.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
OH YES and yes.
I have plans for a linen pair for the summer months.
This is my first time writing a review so I hope all my pictures come through.
These jeans are so simple to make. If you have never made jeans and want to or if you are intimidated by the process I highly recommend this pattern. She really walks you through the process and makes it all so easy. And having the PDF and video really helps.
I can't seem to figure out how to link my photos to this review, but if you open this link you will (I hope) be able to see several pictures of the jeans.