First project for Fall 2014! I took these photos after work so they are a bit rumpled from sitting at a desk all day.
BTW the shirt I’m wearing is the Style Arc Tootsie.
Here’s some photos I took last night right after I made them.
The Jilly Jean from Style Arc is a straight leg jeans pattern meant for stretch denim and other stretch wovens. It has the traditional jeans styling with an 18″ leg opening and 32″ inseam. The side seams are shifted forward. The pattern includes two waistband options: a straight waistband for apple/rectangle figures and a curved waistband for pear and hourglasses. Guess which one I used! 😉
This was another spur-of-the-moment project. I started it Sunday afternoon and had them done sometime in the evening. I was relaxing on Sunday by going through my stash (it is like shopping without having spend money or deal with the general public), and I came across this denim. I decided I didn’t want it languishing in my stash any longer so I pulled it out to use as a wearable muslin for jeans. This denim is a heavier weight stretch denim (I’m guessing about 10oz?) and has very little drape. It has 15-20% stretch across the grain. I think it was from Fabric.com, but I’m not sure.
I constructed the jeans using the jean thread from Cleaner’s Supply in Levi Gold. I used it for both regular seams and topstitching. I serged all raw seam allowances. In order to get these jeans done as quickly as possible I was not as accurate as I normally am with topstitching. I also avoided the temptation to try them on until I had the waistband topstitched in place and it was time to fit the button! Once I tried them on I was was pleased with the fit so I decided to finish them using rivets and a copper tack button from CastBullet.com.
My fitting adjustments were:
- Added 3/8″ length to the front crotch curve extension and 3/4″ to the back
- Added a 3/4″ dart to the back yoke
- Removed 1/4″ from the upper part of the back side seam
- Took in the waist a total of 1.5″ right above where I added the dart to the yoke
- Added 3/8″ width to the front thigh
The Jilly jeans have slightly more ease than the Sandra jeans do (roughly 1″ more ease at the hip) . Overall I am MUCH happier with the Jilly. They feel more “me” and I feel less self-conscious wearing these than I do the skinny Sandras. I am sooo beyond skintight jeans. They may look good but they restrict movement and are just not comfortable to wear for more than an hour!
I didn’t do a “modeling” video this time, but I did take some footage of Sallie and I playing tonight, and I’m wearing my Jilly jeans. She’s going to be turning one next month. She may be tall but she’s built like an ultra-sleek racehorse!