Another challenge? Yes Siree! This one I just could not pass up! I needed a really great fitting pair of Jeans that I didn't have to spend $200 plus on! For this challenge I selected the "Closet Case Ginger Jean pattern. This pattern has two versions and I selected it because of the "low rise" version. Typically, I get low rise jeans because I am short waisted and they fit me just below my normal waist line, which is perfect! I purchased this pattern as a PDF download, here However, you can also purchase a printed copy there as well.
I started off by making a muslin using fabric from my stash which is a cream colored stretch corduroy. Comparing my measurements against the patterns, I decided to select a size larger than my normal, even though the pattern calls for stretch fabric.(That turned out to be a big mistake!) The jeans ended up being too large! This pattern actually runs true to size in my opinion. (Wish I had known that before!). So I ended up taking the jeans in at the side seams approximately a half-inch. Now the fit was much better but on my actual project I will go down a size. Below are the before and after of my Muslin...
After I added the waistband, I noticed that I had a large gap in the back (approximately 1-1/2 inches!). This truly surprised me because the waist band pattern piece is actually a curved line which I prefer. It just wasn't enough curve for my body. (And I don't really have an "hour-glass" figure either, LOL!) So the next adjustment I made, was to make the waistband curve more at the waist. I copied the waistband pattern piece and then folded it into four quarters. I unfolded and slit the waistband along those four crease lines but not all the way through.
Then I overlapped each of the four sections by a 1/2". Now I have my curved waistband that fit my body perfectly.
I used the low rise version for my muslin and quickly realized I wanted them to be more of a skinny jeans style. So I decided to combine both patterns and make mine a "low rise skinny jean". There was only one other change that I made purely for my satisfaction…I removed 1/2" height from the waistband. I did this because I wanted the waistband to appear more like the RTW styles. All in all, I made three actual changes to the original pattern…
- Duplicate view B legs (skinny)
- Added more curve to waistband removing 1-1/2"
- Remove 1/2 " height from waistband
All of these adjustments were purely for my taste except for the extra curve to the waistband (this was a necessity!). Without further ado, here are photos of my Closet Case Ginger Jeans...
Next up is a pair of jeans inspired by a pair I saw in a movie called "Obession". Beyoncé was wearing them in the movie and it was one of those moments you tell yourself, "can I make those? Yes, I bet I can!" For those of you who know me, know it was a no brainer I was gonna try! Here is the inspiration photo and my version...
To create this inspiration, I used the Jalie Eleonore Pull On Jean pattern as my base. It was easy enough to use and all I had to do was create the pockets and all of the style lines. Below are a few photos of my process:
This was a great challenge and I truly enjoyed it. I also found the perfect TNT Jean pattern...The Closet Case Ginger Jean! I love this pattern and will be using it whenever I need a new pair of jeans!
What new pattern have you fallen in love with?
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