Style Arc Jilly Jeans

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, 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

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!

22 thoughts on “Style Arc Jilly Jeans

  1. These look very professional and are very nice on you, especially the back view (that doesn’t sound quite right, but it’s meant to be a compliment!)
    I agree about skinny jeans. People who look good in them generally look good in other stuff too, and why be uncomfortable?


  2. That looked like a game of keep the ball away from Anne! Sally is such a beautiful puppy. The jeans look fabulous, a great fit. You really know your shape and fit well to be able to not try those on until after topstitching the waistband!


    1. As long as I can get her to run around and get tired out before going inside for the night I’m more than happy to let her keep the ball away from me 😉

      It was an act of pure faith…and that’s why I used a denim I wasn’t too crazy about vs one of my premium Gorgeous Fabrics ones!


  3. You are the Style Arc queen! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Style Arc garment not look good on you. I have a few patterns, but haven’t cut them yet. Maybe it’s time …


  4. Man – you work FAST! I really like these but I actually think they could fit a bit more snugly. I don’t mean tight! But there’s quite a bit of ease in the upper leg and backs of legs. Of course, I am a skinny jean person (so maybe I just can’t handle jeans that don’t fit that description anymore) 🙂


    1. With my bottom and thighs that ease at the back is necessary or else I can’t sit down without flashing the world! :-O I also hate having to tug down the leg of my pants every time I stand up, especially pants that are meant as durable weekend pant rather than a fashion item.

      Those back thigh horizontal wrinkles in pants are impossible for me to avoid unless it is a fuller-leg trouser style, I add back princess seams, or the fabric is really stretchy. People would say it is crazy to try to fit a busty figure in a woven top without the use of princess seams or bust darts, but that’s what we try to do with pants!


  5. Great job on the jeans! I have the same fit issues as you at the back waist and have recently rediscovered the joys of a curved waistband. 🙂 I love seeing your Style Arc projects in particular.


  6. I love your jeans! You mentioned you shopped your stash…was your denim already pre-washed or did you not bother? I can never make something up spur of the moment from my stash as I only recently started prewashing before putting them up.


    1. Yes, the hand and rumpled look indicated that I prewashed it at some point. I keep track of all my fabric purchases in Evernote, so when I wash something I tag it as “washed.” That way when I have a project in mind all I have to do is search for fabrics with that tag and I know what options I have to choose from.


  7. I’m soooo late to this party, but have to comment — so exciting to see the Jilly jeans all made up! I bought two Style Arc patterns, the Fiona top (which is amazing) and the Jilly jeans, which I’ve been too chicken to try. Thanks for sharing this, and wow — if your dog were a teenaged girl, she’d be snapped up by a modelling agency in a second. Those legs!


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