Say hello to my wonderful new me-made jeans! Waaahoooooo! And just in time for Me-Made May!
I know this pattern is far from new to the sewing scene, but I finally took it off my chicken list and I’m so excited to report they are FINISHED! I went all out when the Ginger Jeans pattern first came out… I even ordered one of the beautiful denim kits thinking I would jump on the bandwagon right away, follow the sewalong, and be a jeans pro by the end of 2014. I then found this less expensive denim to practice with from Mood. And now, months later, here we are…
I’m not sure how well the fabric will hold up over time, but for now it’s great! I love the color and it has the perfect amount of stretch.
Right before sewing the waistband on, I tried them on and the waist was way too big. I wasn’t sure where to go from there – I didn’t feel comfortable adjusting the size at that point – so I just finished the waistband and added a few butt darts. Far from perfect… but the “after” fit is wonderful. AND hey! If ever I find myself with the need for a bigger jeans waistline, it’ll be an easy fix! ;)
BTW – don’t search “butt darts” on google images – I learned the hard way – consider yourself warned :/
The other bad part was this:
This is how both pant legs looked after sewing them together… I remember reading something about preventing the legs from twisting but as I sewed I didn’t pay attention nor have I looked it up since :/ Actually, the left leg doesn’t twist all that much, but after just a couple steps, the right leg does this:
Ugh… I love the pink contrast topstitching… until it does that.
Oh well. Still LOVE them! Anywhoo – details, details: I cut View A, a straight size 6 on the pattern. The only adjustment I made was to lengthen the inseam 4 inches. After many years of wearing pants that were too short, I can never get enough inseam! Oh and here are the pretty purple pockets:
And of course the obligatory puppy photobomb:
Next time I’ll definitely go smaller at the waist and work on the twisting issue, but I’m so excited about this pattern and the simple fact that sewing jeans is a real possibility for me. It’s a happy day in my sewing world!
Oh and back to the chicken list! Do you have one? The chicken list – a.k.a. the unwritten list of things you put off because you aren’t confident enough in your own abilities. But then you take things off your chicken list and it feels wonderful!
Until next time,