Jeans, sortof

Woo hoo! I made jeans again.  Well, I skipped the top stitching.  I guess I’ll just call these pants.  I traced a pair of old Calvin Klein jeans.  They are now way too small for me but I kept them in the hopes of one day making a pattern from them.

Well, I modified the pattern so much I don’t think these are anywhere near the jeans I wore 15 years ago.  I think I prefer a higher waist on my pants so I added an inch and a half to the rise.  I also did something I thought I would never do, use stretch fabric.  I absolutely hate that after an hour of walking around they stretch out so much it looks like I’m wearing a full diaper.  ick!

Hopefully this fabric works out and does not do that.  I got this at the National City Swap meet.  I took all they had left on the bolt, all 7 yards of it.  Mostly because I have not been able to perfect pants making.  These are the closest I’ve come so far.  I think it has a lot to do with the rise.


I’m not happy with the back.  I made the waistband too big and put the button in the wrong place and the pants kept falling.  I took in the waistband at the center back and had to take in the pants too.  I took off about 3.5 inches!  The pockets are too close together.  There are still too many under butt wrinkles.  I’ll keep working on the pattern.  We’ll see where it goes.

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The shirt is the Plantain t-shirt.  The fabric is also from the National City Swap meet.  I made it a bit too big and there is just too much ease around the hips.  I also shortened it because I think the shorter length works better on me, it just needs to be a little more fitted.  Maybe a tiny bit longer.  I’ve been experimenting with the Tonic tee.  I think I have found my TNT tee shirt.  I don’t really wear tee shirts because they always seem to be so unflattering on me.  Well, we’ll see about this tonic tee.  I’ve sewn up 2 tests and one modified version. I’m so in love with the modified version. Blog post coming soon.

Update: July 11.

Oops.  I didn’t put in a pants zipper in these.  It was just some zipper and it broke, boo.  I’m debating on fixing them.  I probably should.  I need something for when I water the plants and do other gardening things.  It’s probably easier to replace the zipper than fiddle with adjustments and sewing a brand new pair.  Although I did fiddle with adjustments and made another pair, that is sitting in a UFO pile.  I need to concentrate on more dresses and maybe even some skirts.