Closet Case Patterns ~ Ginger Jeans
Size and Adjustments: My measurements at the time of sewing were 31 waist, 45 hip. Based on my measurements I made a size 12 waist and on the front pant I did a size 14 hip, the back pant I did an 18 hip. I have a bubble butt so I found this trick works best with fit.
I was making these as flares but when I put them on they were super, super flare. I like a bit less flare to my jeans. I ended up taking in 1/2” off each inseam, front and back leg; as well as 2” each off the outer seams! this brought the flare in by 5” each leg. They are perfect now for me.
Instructions: The instructions are fantastic! These are hands down the best pants/jeans instructions I’ve ever encountered. I’d buy this pattern just for those. Nice easy steps, very detailed, and lots of pictures. There is also a sew-a-long on the Closet Case website; however the pattern instructions are written so well, I didn't’ need to reference the sew-a-long.
Fabric: Here is where I fail. I try my hardest to keep note of when I purchase fabric, how much, and where. I have a database in Evernote that I keep up. However, I prewashed all my denim a few times and now have lost track of which “dark denim” is which! I *think* this fabric is “Midnight Blue Stretch Denim” that I purchased in Feb 2016 from fashionfabrics club for $6.25/yd. 96% Cotton 4% Lycra. I don’t remember how much fabric these jeans used but I purchased 3 yards so we will say they cost $18.75.
Thoughts: Love love love. Seriously, I really love these. The fabric is perfect the fit is spot on. they are so comfortable. I have 2 pair of Jalie Jeans (2908) and I love those too; these Ginger’s fit right there with them.
The many times I wore them in May
Halla Patterns ~ Agnes Tank
Size and Adjustments: My measurements at time of sewing: 37.5 bust, 31 waist, 45 hip. Based on this I decided to sew a size 8/10 bust, 10/12 waist, and 14/16 hip for the tie dyed tank. I felt the flare was a bit much in the hip so the second time I sewed this in gray with a 8/10 bust, 10/12 waist and hip. It still has a lot of hip flare.
Instructions: I have to be honest I didn’t read them. It’s 2 pieces of fabric plus the bindings. I didn’t need instructions.
Fabric: The Tie dye fabric is an ITY Knit Water Color Print Blue/White/Multi, I purchased it from fabric.com in April 2016 for $5.38, 1 yard. I love how ITY feels in the summer. It’s cooling and has great drape.
I know he is hard to see, but I put this amazing Octopus on the front of my gray Agnes with my Silhouette Cameo. I love it! (But maybe I should have put a white backing on him).
The gray fabric is a triblend jersey from knitpop that I picked up in May? June? 2017, not long ago. They had it on sale $5/yard. 1 yard.
Thoughts: I love the neckline of this top. I can bend forward with no fear. I like the shape of it. They are so easy to throw on and comfortable to wear. I love both. However, I feel like there is too much flare at the hip for my liking. I plan to make this again and I will taper in about 2” each side on the hip. It’s a great basic for summer!
By the way, this pattern is FREE if you join the Halla Facebook group.