|Pattern Description: |
Stretch denim jeans
44-52 I sewed up a straight size 44.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except for leaving off the inner thigh patches because.... well... just because.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. I think I'm becoming accustomed to Burda's cryptic style, but the instructions were not huge puzzles this time. I did not follow them to the letter, however, as you'll read below.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The basic style of the jean. This was my first foray into the world of jeans, and I wanted a pattern that was relatively streamlined in terms of design. I also wanted a pattern drafted for stretch denim. This pattern fit the bill in all aspects.
I liked the interesting pockets, which have an added binding.
stretch bronze coloured denim
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn't make a lot of adjustments. After measuring myself from all angles and then measuring the pattern pieces, I only needed to adjust the back crotch length. But I added at the crotch/inseam, and that was the wrong place, since it shifted the inseam forward. Here's a pic of the problem. Next time I'll add the length down the CB seam and leave the crotch alone.
I added 2 inches to the leg length.
I attached the waistband to the jeans before stitching up the CB seam because I new it would required extra fitting. Burda's instructions suggested sewing and topstitching the CB seam before attaching the waistband, but I prefer leaving the CB seam to sew up last as this gives me the option of tweaking the fit through my lower back at the last stage of the game.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would sew this pattern again. It's a great pattern, and now that I've made my first pair of jeans, I'm looking forward to more! You can see more pictures and construction details on my blog.
A great pattern. Burda's pants/jeans/trouser block fits well, and I would encourage everyone to give one of their designs a try.