|Pattern Description: Women's Jeans for stretch denim|
Pattern Sizing: 2 little girls through 22 Womens, I made a 6, Jalie size S, +a bit in the hips, -a lot in the waist
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Looks great, the pattern photos are very representative of the "real" jeans. It is the quality of the top stitching that will make or break the professional look of jeans. I spent quite a while deciding pocket design and top stitching thread options. I used 2 strands of heavy nylon thread with an 18 needle for all the topstitching, ran lots of samples to decide color, weight and determine proper tension settings.
Were the instructions easy to follow?The instructions are good, definitely print them out from Jalie's website. LOTS of steps, but just keep going. I did the zipper slightly different, increasing the distance of the zipper teeth away from the center front to insure the zipper remained entirely hidden.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Pattern is nicely drafted and the instructions are wonderful for getting all the topstitching completed like RTW. These actually fit like RTW, although you will still need to make personal fitting tweaks.
No step is particularly difficult, but you will need to do some samples before getting started. I used a scrap of denim folded 4 thicknesses to tuck behind the presser foot when starting seams to level up. By the time I got to the belt loops, I was using a generous stack of sticky notes as my leveling aid to get smoothly from 2 layers of denim, to suddenly 6.
Fabric Used: Denim with small percent of Lycra. Pulling as hard as possible, I could stretch a 10" folded piece to 11 3/8". I will certainly compare stretch over 10" before making another pair. My muslin pair had slightly less stretch and are a bit snug.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added a coin pocket (just a little rectangle) to better duplicate RTW. I added a smidge to the hips and subtracted a lot from the back waist by increasing the curve of the back yoke.
I drafted a contour waistband to eliminate the gaping back waist (the bane of my exsistance!) by sewing on a straight 3" wide strip of muslin and pinching out the excess into darts to make it snug. I then removed the waistband and used it to copy off a curved waistband based on the darts I had pinned. Did another muslin version to be sure - finally, a back waist that fits!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Although jeans are time consuming to construct, thanks to all the top stitching, I definitely plan to make more. Having invested the time into getting the fit right, I plan to replace my ill-fitting RTW with custom Amy-May-Zing Design jeans!
Conclusion: So pleased with my jeans! They fit and they look fabulous, not a hint of "home-made" here.