Ok so let me start off by saying that there are two revelations in this post:
- I made jeans
- I am wearing skinny jeans for the FIRST TIME
I have been a boot cut girl for as long as I can remember and always thought that skinny jeans would give me the dreaded ice cream cone figure LOL. To my surprise, not only do they flatter the figure, but I love the way these feel AND look!!
(sorry for the poor photo quality; it was raining and I had a tough time getting full cooperation from my photographer LOL)
The pattern is awesome; especially being a first jeans attempt for me it was a great way to ease into the craft. I found the instructions very good, and the pdf pattern was easy to work with. I actually love that Named uses as little pages as possible. There is a bit of overlapping on some pattern pieces but the up side is you don’t have to match and tape as many pages, which means better accuracy overall.
I absolutely love the slanted front pockets. You can use a contrast fabric for a different detail but I wanted these to be a bit more dressy/subtle so I could wear them with a blouse or jacket to the office.
There is a lot of topstitching involved which I LOVE. I’m a weirdo – I adore topstitching and I do it all by eye, as I don’t have any special feet. I have a second machine so I loaded her up with the topstitching thread and was able to swap back and forth construction and topstitching without switching threads every five minutes. Bonus 🙂
My fabric is a wonderful stretchy dark black cotton denim. It is a bit more dressy than a traditional blue jean, washes and wears beautifully, and was a dream to sew 🙂
Closeup front and back just for fun:
I will DEFINITELY be making these again!!! I think I will give myself a bit more room in the calf area on the next version, as I have pretty beefy calf muscles LOL. I have a wonderful brocade that I think would look smashing in this style, for a bit of a dressy casual look 🙂
March 17th, 2015 at 11:53 am
The jeans look really good! I especially think your slanted pockets look good–very profesh.
March 17th, 2015 at 3:36 pm
Thank you so much! I love the pockets! ^_^ The construction is pretty cool too; they’re incorporated into the seam construction – very clever! 🙂
March 17th, 2015 at 12:34 pm
Awesome! Congratulations on your first pair. I’m sure there will be many more! 🙂
March 17th, 2015 at 3:34 pm
Thanks Tia! I literally wear them all the time so there will DEFINITELY be more! 🙂
March 17th, 2015 at 12:40 pm
Amazing!!! I’ve seen lots of these jeans around, but yours are fabulous. Skinny jeans do work with your figure. I love the fabric you chose, fabric availability is one of my obstacles to deciding to make jeans. Where did you get your fabric from?
March 17th, 2015 at 3:34 pm
aww Annabelle – you’re too kind – thank you ^_^ I got the fabric from a little local shop in Vancouver called Atex. Last time I was there they were down to the last remnants of the bolt – they said it had been popular 🙂 Our local Fabricland usually carries a good variety of denims as well so I might check them out at some point 🙂
March 18th, 2015 at 12:22 am
They look fantastic!
March 18th, 2015 at 7:40 pm
thank you so much!! 🙂
March 18th, 2015 at 5:53 am
Love the jeans from the back but on you and the model the front horizontal drag lines at the bottom of the zipper suggest the need for some ease. The fact that they have front seams is such a bonus for making them fit all possible thighs. Practical pockets that lie flat is very cool….I see more of these in your future!
March 18th, 2015 at 7:44 pm
hmmm good point, Mrs M – I’m gonna have to investigate the cause of those drag lines more closely the next time I wear them; I know at least some of that is wrinkling due to excessive wear lol but in the event I do have to make more room on the next pair, you’re right – that front seam is very handy indeed! ^_^
March 18th, 2015 at 11:39 am
You and these jeans look great!!!!! That fit is spot on! And I have never heard “ice cream cone figure” but that made me LOL for reals!
March 18th, 2015 at 7:45 pm
Thanks Erin! 🙂 Haha that isn’t an official term as far as I’m aware – just something I made up! lol glad I could amuse! ^_^
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May 16th, 2015 at 12:29 am
Oh wow these are amazing. Amazing. Amazing. I am so very late to this party but …. well WoW!
May 16th, 2015 at 11:44 pm
Cheers!! They were so fun to make too! plus stretch makes them pretty forgiving fit-wise 😉