Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except for the body that was in it.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Didn't use the pattern instructions; I referred to video and pdf instructions from Jennifer's jeans class.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Nothing not to like; any jeans pattern is going to need to be fitted.
Fabric Used:Mid weight Denim
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Raised the waistline 2" by raising the back legs and front crotch above the zipper.
Straightened the front crotch
Scooped the back crotch 1-1/2"
Used triple top-stitching with colored thread on front pocket edges, yoke seam and back pocket design.
Shortened length by 1"
Used power net for the pocket bags to help rein in an unruly tummy--it worked, BTW. I took 1/4" off both sides of the pocket bag then stretched it when stitching to the facing and the body of the jeans. It adds just a nice bit of support for my tummy. I never use front zippers on any other pants I made because I don't like to add anything to that profile but in this case there is little choice. The power net helps; I don't like it's looks as well as a pretty fabric but maybe by the next pair I will figure that one out.
Stitched the bottom of the belt loops into the waist band seaming rather than stitching them on top.
Eliminated the coin pocket because I didn't want to decrease the functionality of the power net at all and I don't use or really like it (coin pocket)
I used a Dritz Dungaree button as I prefer the "bronze" look and because, as I have mentioned in a previous review, they are much easier to attach. I may have to come back at some point in the future and tell you that it also fell off easier but, so far, that is not a problem. I wanted to use rivets but could not find them in the "bronze"--only silver--and I was shopping late so . . .
I used blue thread for the buttonhole in case it was a disaster (like the last one) but with judicious use of the hammer, this one went in without a hitch.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes and yes. I still have some tweaking to do to get to a TNT jean pattern with that elusive perfect fit but this is closer than I have been. It has also yielded a very comfortable and not bad-looking pair of jeans for this go-round. I have made three pair of jeans in the past couple of months so I do plan to take a break for a bit and do something else for a while.
Conclusion: This pattern was easier to adjust and the final product is an improvement over the last pair I made. I am pleased and will continue thinking and tweaking each time I make a pair of jeans. If you are intimidated by the idea of making jeans, don't be--go for it.