Ginger Jeans - View B
High-waisted skinny jeans
Since this is my first pair, I used a stretch denim that I bought on clearance at JoAnn's. Good thing it's rather stretchy, as these are quite tight! There are skinny jeans, and there are skinny jeans. I made the latter.
But let me tell you - I love them. I got to topstitch all over the place, which is something I really enjoy doing. I got to pick out a button to use, and I learned how to make a pocket stay so that these babies don't get slouchy in the front over time. (I really hate that about my RTW jeans.)
|GAMES OF THRONES button!!!!|
For the topstitching, I used some gray cotton-covered hand quilting thread that I had on hand. I ran it through the machine but used regular thread in the bobbin, as suggested by various sewing blogs. It worked! And I like the lower contrast of grey and denim. Sometimes gold or copper is okay, but other times...meh.
I cut the back pockets at a size 8 - I guess because of my grading? Anyway, I didn't think to re-cut them, and I don't really like their size.
|mehhhh...smaller pockets next time|
sidenote: As husband was taking this photo he said, "I know that you have to take pictures, but this one is like... butt." It's true, what he says.
Let me just say that Heather, who designed this pattern, has to be one of the ballsiest people on the planet. Her first pattern was for a bathing suit. BATHING SUIT. Her second was for a body suit. And now there's these - JEANS. Way to tackle the things that terrify every woman, yet give us tools to make our own so that they fit and flatter. Wonderful, that Heather woman.
|A more flattering photo of the back. Thank goodness.|
A pocket stay is not part of the original Ginger pattern, but I will probably make one every single time I make jeans. It's rather simple, and the instructions are in this post over at the Closet Case Files blog. Rather than pocket pieces that connect at the waistband and side seam, a pocket stay connects at the waistband, side seam, and center fly, which prevents that pockets from stretching out the denim. Also, it really flattens the look of the tummy, which is amazing. And when your body is telling you to only eat and sleep because it's winter, anything that helps mask all those pasta carbs is welcomed and appreciated.
I used some pretty printed cotton left over from a 1950's inspired sundress:
I'm really glad I followed Heather's advice in basting all the seams for fit before really getting into the flat-fell seams. Here are my final decisions:
inseam - 3/8" until notch, then 1/4"
center back - 1/2" in a shallow zig-zag, to allow for room when sitting
side seams - 5/8" at waist grading to 3/8" at the bottom of the fly, then 1/4" below the notch
I will definitely just cut a larger size the entire length of the leg next time. I'm wondering if I cut a size 6 if it will fit perfectly...
The inseam is 32", which is an average length. I think that's okay for these skinny jeans, since I'll most likely be wearing them with flats or under boots. For the "stovepipe" cut of View A, however, I will lengthen it by about an inch to have more of a decision about the length. I'm rather picky with the length of pants and whether I want to wear heels or flats with them. (This OCD attention to detail isn't the reason I have multiple pairs of black pants, but it ends up working out well, since the long ones I can wear with 4 inch heels, the slightly long ones with modest 2 inch heels, and the normal ones with flats.) Go ahead, judge me.
Seriously, though, I hate how my legs look when I'm wearing heels with pants that aren't quite long enough. It makes me feel stumpy. Ain't nobody want to feel stumpy.
These jeans certainly don't make me feel stumpy. I feel ridiculous putting them on, though, because I have to do the ol' Jordache Lay-n-Flop/Zip-n-Pray to get them on. I laugh at myself every time I have to do it; Leeloo just mocks me the whole time. Imbecile, she says.
Last, but certainly not least, I hand-sewed a Creative Laurels label to the outside of the waistband. Ain't no room on the inside for nothin' else!!
|Hand-sewn with topstitching thread|
I made jeans. I feel like I just went through an extraordinary rite of garment construction passage. I'd like to thank Netflix, all those actors on Criminal Minds, all those people who illegally upload Ghost Hunters episodes to YouTube, and my husband for entertaining the cat so I could sew these in peace.