|Pattern Description: |
Bootcut jeans, with regular and low rise waistband, for stretch fabric
I don't know, millions of sizes. I based this one on my hips, and went larger up at the waist (using a total of 5 sizes!)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Oh I guess
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Mostly they were good. Definitely worth the trouble of printing them out for this one; there are so many steps, and some are done a little differently.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Well I guess I like how they look. At first I didn't know about the close fitting thighs, but i am getting used to them. But you HAVE to use stretch with this pattern.
I don't really like how they feel. I did a muslin of the regular rise, and decided I'd be better off with the low rise. Maybe because of that, or maybe it was my alterations, but though they fit the body ok, they feel like they're falling down. I guess I expect my RTW jeans to feel too tight in the waist, so then I don't have this problem. Looks like i will have to get a belt, though I don't like them.
I did the fly per Jalie instructions, but next time maybe I'll try others.
Some cotton/poly/lycra from EOS. I'm not sure i like this stuff; it doesn't have a really cottony feel. Not as heavy as most denim.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
First, I went up a few sizes up in the waist area. Maybe too many. Not sure I did a great job of it anyway, since the upper side seams look kind of irregular. Also, I added interfacing to the waistband--first to the whole thing, and then i had second thoughts & removed it from the right side half of each piece. That was a mistake, i should have kept it all in there.
I used two regular threads in the jeans needle, since i couldn't find a light grey heavier thread for top stitching. This had the advantage that i could use it for the seams as well, which i wouldn't have done with heavy thread, so i didn't have to switch back and forth. But I also serged some of the seams.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I may sew it again after doing new alterations. It doesn't look bad at all, but I'd rather not have to wear a belt with it, so I'll change the waist area. Actually, i might go to the regular rise version. Unfortunately, going in between low and regular rise would be confusing since each version has its own pieces for pocket & yoke pattern.
I also ordered the J. Stern jeans pattern, so I'll likely do that one first in any case. Maybe I will take the class too.
Conclusion: I'm mostly good with how these turned out, but the fit needs further tweaking.