I need jeans, badly.
I have one pair and I can pull them on and off without undoing the fly.
But when I tried the next size on it was too tight around my middle but hopelessly baggy in the legs.
I knew I would have to make them myself.
A few months back I read this blog post over at Thread Theory.
I then starting googling the Ginger jeans by Closet Case and I was only reading good things.
So I decided to try them myself.
My measurements put me in between the 12 and 14 but as my denim had very little stretch (*in hindsight no stretch*) I went with the 14 (the pattern is designed for stretch denim)
I went with View A, the higher waisted style.
After sewing the main part of the jeans including the inner leg first, I fitted the side seams and took another 2 cm's off the legs and just a smidgen of the waist.
Pretty schmick for a practice run.
I used another remnant from Eliza's Fabric, $4, and I topstitched in navy.
The leg length was perfect for me.
I used my signature speckly voile for the pocket bags.
A little touch of pretty.
Finally, I can accommodate my 6 child waistline without silly width at the thighs.
Jeans that fit!
I crazy crazy love them.
The nitty-gritty kitty.
One seriously awesome pattern.
It. Is. The. Bomb.
The best zipper instructions I have ever read, so straight forward.
If you need help there is a step by step sew-a-long and a plethora of blog posts.
Even one that tells you where to place your back pockets.
I learned a great tip in making a 'speed bump', a fold of denim that you pop under your presser foot to help you sew bulky seams. You just pull it out the way once you get over the thick bit.
The PDF goes together well, it does make a big sheet but I find if I fold it in a concertina fashion the big sheets fit in a large ziplock bag.
Since I made these jeans they have either been on my body or in the wash.
I really do crazy crazy love them.
I plan to make a white denim pair for spring next but I will size back to a 12 as the fabric is really stretchy.
The only problem was my fabric choice. I really wish I had used a stretchier denim. I thought mine had a wee bit of stretch but in hindsight, it doesn't. As I do a fair bit of getting up and down from the floor they are a bit tight around my legs by the end of the day.
It hasn't stopped me wearing them though.
I cannot believe my luck in finding such a great fitting pair of jeans for me.
Thanks for popping by!