Zara wanted some jeans.
Now I have made jeans before.
I have made them for the children many times, and Hugo and myself (when I was a straight forward Simplicity size 10).
But Zara is not a straight forward anything.
I really like Vogue patterns. I use the mens a lot. However, they do not hold your hand and they give little indication of when to neaten.
I used their method for the zipper pockets and loved it!
Their fly method, not so much.
I will stick with this one.
The denim was an eBay special. I purchased a huge roll very cheaply and it is great to sew, with just a little stretch.
Her hips (aka her bum) put her in a size 8.
Which fit perfectly.
However, they were huge everywhere else.
I went ahead and sewed up the fronts and backs.
Each knee section had four fitted panels, all different, I marked the pattern number on the back of them.
|Ack, look at that tuck!|
|The seat looks really baggy here, doesn't it?|
I had her blessing, she wanted them ASAP.
After trying them, I took another 5/8ths off of every seam except the bottom. There I took from the waist shaped down.
Next time I am considering narrowing the side panel as I chopped a lot of the groovy knee paneling off and then the side seams didn't quite match.
But the fit was worth it.
Zara can never find jeans to fit like this.
I won't pretend they were easy.
There was a lot of sewing, two full on six hour sessions plus extra the next day to finish them off.
I made soooo many mistakes. I have made copious notes on the pattern. My hands throbbed from handling the denim.
But she loves them so it is all worth it!