Thursday, May 5, 2016

Jalie 2908 ~ Jeans #2


After I sewed my first pair of these jeans in March, I wanted to sew up another pair with some tweaks to the fit.


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This time I went with a straight size BB.  Then I darted out 2” in the front (1/2” in two spots on the front piece for an overall 2”).  I compared this to the first pair where I used a size Z in the front and the only thing different was that it gave my thighs the much needed 1/4 to 3/8” of room. 

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I also added 1/2” to the rise and 1” to the hem.  I like my jeans loooooong. 

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In addition to those alterations, I took off 1/2” on each side from waist to nothing at the hip. My single most problem with RTW jeans is that I have a large butt and a small waist.  I always have that dreaded huge gap at center back. 

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As with the first pair I used the“gaposis” fix linked in this post on the Jalie blog and took 1 inch off the waist and 1/2” off the yoke on each side for 1” total there in the back.  All this waist adjustment meant I took off a total of 4 inches in the waist!

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Humorously they are still loose in the waist; however, this fabric had lots more stretch than my last pair.  The fabric is really soft too.

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Fabric: Stretch Medium Weight Dark Denim (you can find it here); 96% Cotton 4% Lycra;  it is listed as 10% stretch but it is more like 20%.  I purchased this fabric in January – 2.5 yards for $19.95.  It is a great weight for jeans, very soft, and easy to sew.  I did make sure to prewash.

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Thoughts: I really love these jeans!  The fabric is soft, the stretch is the right amount.  I love the length I settled on.  I always wear a belt with my pants so the looser waist doesn’t bother me.  I think the bias waistband is what gives me trouble.  In the future I would try a pair of jeans without the bias waist.  These jeans are about as close as I have ever come to a perfect pair. 

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Pretty inside pocket bags!


Amazingly sewn zipper fly and jean button :D



Final note: I pushed to make these jeans because I can’t stand to wear the first pair.  It is my mistake and not a mistake in the pattern.  When I topstitched the first pair I used a double needle – topstitching thread in both, and then regular thread in the bobbin.  Well my skin is very sensitive and I can’t stand the scratchy feeling of the regular thread the way it is in the twin needle.  The jeans themselves don’t want to soften up either.  So they were a learning pair. I learned from that mistake and topstitched these with a single needle at 1/8” and then 1/4” – even though it takes more time and precision, I am happier in the end because the seams are soft.

I plan on wearing these until they fall apart!

17 comments:

  1. OMG!!! It keeps eating my comments!! ARG!

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  2. Okay. It keep eating my comments, but I'm going to win this battle. I said, I love your jeans on you. Then I said, I think I will never go back to true fly-front jeans after the Eleonore jeans. This better go through!!

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    1. Sorry Dawn :) Sometimes it does that to me too - frustrating!
      Thanks for the lovely comment! I wish I could make the Eleonore jeans fit me but if they are big enough to get over my hips, then the waist is too big for me :( They look great on you though!

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  3. These look fantastic! Your top stitching is awesome. Now you don't need to buy jeans any more. Yours are made so much better.

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    1. Thank you Shirley! I'm so out of touch with retail shopping anyway :)

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  4. You out you outdid yourself with these jeans! The fit (and topstitching) look amazing!

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  5. These jeans look amazing on you! You did a great job with them!!!

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  6. These are so great!!!! I need to sew up this pattern already. They look so non-handmade and pro looking!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! You really need to sew them! They fit amazing.

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  7. These look great! I'm so scared of sewing jeans. I also worry that the material is too much for my machine. I guess if I used a walking foot and heavy duty needle I would be okay.

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    1. Thanks Amy! Don't be afraid! I waited way too long to try to make these and they sew up just like every other pattern ;-) You should give it a try! The hardest part was finding the right denim.

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  8. Amazing jeans they fit you perfectly...and top stitching looks retail quality. Good job.

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  9. Your jeans look great! I just tried mine on and I have a huge gap in the back. I looked up the gaposis fix on the Jalie sight, however do you know if there is a way to cut them correctly so I dont have to do that fix everytime or is that just how it is?

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    1. Hi Christine :) After I made the fix on my jeans I put my pattern piece over it and then drew the line I cut out. that way I have it for the next time I cut out my pieces. I hope that helps! I also hope you loved your jeans as much as I love mine :D Thanks!

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