I’ve made three new pairs of jeans using the unbeatable Jalie 2908 pattern. It’s not the only pattern I’ve used to make jeans in the past, but I think it will be my go-to for now. You see, when I decided I needed new jeans, I had three different styles in my wardrobe: the Jalie’s, a GAP 1969 pair and an unblogged indigo BurdaStyle pair based on this pattern. I love the fit of the GAP and the BurdaStyle pair more than the Jalie pair, mostly because I made the low-waisted version way back when. And in order to decide which I wanted to make three times, I took pictures of myself wearing all three pairs. To see which was the most flattering….
Jalie won, hands down. Maybe it was pocket placement, but I just liked the fit of them from all angles better than the GAP or the BurdaStyle pair.
I made the “mom” style (waistband sits at my natural waist) with the following adjustments:
- lengthened them by 4cm so I can wear heels, or mules. Nothing bugs me more than when the back of my jeans catch underneath my heel while I’m wearing mules.
- +1.5cm full inner thigh adjustment
- lowered the front waist by 1.5cm
- 1.5cm high hip adjustment on both front/back side seams
- add 3cm to side seams as fitting insurance, particularly on the black and purple pair as the denim has less stretch than the teal pair
Just a note on styling: I won’t be wearing them with tucked-in tops, but I wanted to show you what they fit like through the hips/waist for this post.
First pair was made from a glorious Italian black denim from EmmaOneSock.
The denim wasn’t pre-washed, but it hasn’t shrunk and it doesn’t bag out. It’s the most-worn pair so far.
The next was a purple Italian denim, again from EmmaOneSock. It’s a bit on the stiff side, but it doesn’t bag out after a day’s wearing, either. And I love the colour.
But I forgot to lower the CF – you can see the front crotch depth is too long – so I have removed the waistband and will re-attach it later. Thank goodness I didn’t use any rivets on this pair.
Here’s a view of the inside, with some batik (EOS, again!) salvaged from an older project. I love putting these on because of this fabric!
And lastly, a dark teal blue pair using a cotton blend denim from…. you guessed it! Emmaonesock, of course. These are straight legged.
These are the stretchiest of the three, so I didn’t need to make use of the ‘fitting insurance’ 3cm extra width down each side. The fabric is amazingly soft and comfortable.
I love the length of all these new jeans. I have to turn them up when I’m wearing slippers around the house, but they are the perfect length for my heeled boots. So far, so good! The old GAP and BurdaStyle pair were sent off to the thrift store, but I still wear the original brown jeans. The fabric was from EOS again… a designer denim from somewhere in the States. I have worn these jeans constantly since I made them, and they are still looking good, as you’ll see in my next post.