Skinny Day Jeans
Pants. The bane of all sewista’s existence. I really does not seam to matter how well you fit into the standard Big 4 size chart because the pants will never fit you right out of the envelope. I dislike chopping into patterns before I’ve tested them, so I made a quick and dirty “muslin” out of a leftover piece of stretch denim (seriously, what do you do with a 1/2 yard of denim?). The fit seamed decent enough to move on to the next stage and make a test run of the full pattern. The results are analyzed below.
MISSES’ JEANS: Fitted, tapered or straight-legged jeans (below waist) have shaped waistband with hook/eye closure, carriers, front/back pockets, back yokes, and binding for front fly zipper closing. Topstitching and narrow hem. Purchased belt (approx. 2″).
Fabric: Stretch denim, nothing fancy
Design Likes/Dislikes: I am short so most skirt and pants patterns end up sitting way too high on my body. These pants sit at a pretty good level, maybe a scootch too high. I also like that the waistband isn’t straight, I kindof hate straight waistbands. They just never fit me. Other than that, I just wanted a pattern with traditional jean details, which this has. One dislike I discovered at the end of making these though is the size and positioning of the belt loops, too long and just not placed well.
Sizing and Fit: I cut a straight 10. From my first run through I knew I was going to have to take out a bunch of fabric from the back seam, at the top I took out about 2.5 inches, tapering back to nothing around the center of my butt. So the waistband fits pretty well, but I still don’t like the fit in the front and back crotch areas. It just feels like there is way too much fabric. I’m not good with pattern modification so if I go back and try this pattern again, I’ll be doing some research to get rid of the excess.
Changes: I started out with the straight leg version of the pattern but it wasn’t very flattering on me so I just took in the seams and made them fitted skinny jeans.
For Next Time: Like I mentioned above IF I use this pattern again I’ve made some vague markings on the pattern pieces about the stuff I don’t like. But I’ll have to do some reading on pants fitting to get it figured out. I think at this point I’d like to try pants from some different pattern brands like Burda and Style Arc. A while back I also traced off one of my favorite ready-to-wear jeans so maybe I’ll try replicating those sometime too. I wear pants in my life significantly more often than skirts/dresses so doing some trial and error to find a good pattern is worth it to me.