|Pattern Description: |
These are a classic 5-pocket jeans with back yoke, contoured waistband, straight leg, and front zipper fly.
34-42. I sewed my usual Burda 42. When I first tried on my muslin a few weeks ago, they were far too tight in the waist and hips. But then I've been losing a lot of weight through race training, so I tried them on again and they fit great! Yes, only I would change the body instead of alter a pattern...
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, there's only one photo in the magazine (so it was easy to overlook these!) but my finished pair are true to this and the tech drawing.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I actually didn't follow any instructions. I've made so many pairs of jeans now that I don't need them, though I do confess I peeked at my husband's RTW jeans at one point to see which side of the seam they topstitched!
I'd say that if you need instructions, you cannot beat the ones on Jalie's jeans pattern.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the classic styling - I had this hefty, non-stretch denim in my stash, and nearly all the jeans patterns out there require stretch denim. I love that these look exactly like high end RTW jeans, which is just what I wanted.
Back pocket inspiration came to me from my swirl sheath dress where I used alternating sides of the same fabric - so here I laid down some scrap denim showing the reverse, topstitched, and frayed the edges for some texture. (Back pocket photos)
The denim here is gloriously wonderful stuff - all the better for aging like a fine wine in my stash since my mom brought it over in her suitcase for the wedding in 2010! So it's officially over three years old, and I wish I'd bought more of it from Fabric.com, but for those of you who can buy from there without crippling shipping costs, apparently it's "Heavy weight denim marine". It's non-stretch, has a great colour and texture, and really feels very high end boutique denim. Paired with some stellar rivets from Junior again (remember I showed you how to use these a while back, too), and I've got myself some very expensive-looking jeans for not very much time or money! Much better than fighting my way through the shops, that's for sure.
The lining fabric is some quilting cotton with little running men all over it - I'd bought it to make a baby changing mat for a good friend (one of my fellow river running buddies) and there was a little bit leftover from the metre to use here. As per usual, I used the quilting cotton for the inner waistband, front pocket facings, and the fly underlap. (Lining photos)
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did have to take in the CB seam by about four inches due to gaping - a new alteration for me. (Gaping photos) This required a fair bit of unpicking of the topstitching, but it was worth it in the end as I managed an invisible join by pulling the threads to the back and tying. This was the only alteration I needed, apart from lengthening the legs by about 3 inches, which is standard for me and Burda trousers.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes I would absolutely sew these again! In fact, I wish I had more than just scraps leftover from this denim, too, because I'd totally clone these a few times for my wardrobe! They've quickly become my favourite pair for just about every occasion!
If you're looking for a great, classic pair of jeans for your non-stretch denim, look no further than your Burda archives!
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