Saturday, 23 June 2012

My first ever pair of Jalie 2908 not-jeans

I've never sewed pants before (or shorts, or anything with a fly).
There were SOOOO many recommendations for Jalie 2908 that I couldn't resist. I loved that the pattern showed jeans which at least looked like something I would wear. Too many 'jeans' patterns just look like old-lady slacks to me...

I rustled up 2m of some bizarre stretch polyester to make my first pair of not-jeans. It has a fuzzy inside, and a slightly ribbed polyester sheen on the outside. It's weird, but it was also cheap. Frays like a bugger though - I guess denim will do the same.

I had exactly zero problems sewing these. I was apprehensive about the fly front - lots of people seem to have difficulty with this, and I'd never made anything similar. Full credit to Jalie... the combination of written and illustrated instructions are amazing. I read everything twice, slowly following the step-by-step.

And I didn't have to unpick a single stitch.

Basically, I'm very happy with this pattern and how it turned out. I made the high-waisted version. It's hard to get non-mom-jeans with a higher waist, and hipster jeans just don't sit well on me. They tend to fall down, despite being the right size at the butt and thighs.


I'm not sure how these will go in denim, because the material used here is very stretchy. However, I'm not really using up much of the stretch as the fit is very good. Looking at the photos, there aren't any obvious adjustments to be made either. I guess sewing them in proper denim will be the test!

18 comments:

  1. They look good!!! Hopefully they work just as well in denim - can you get stretch denim at least?

    Random question - did you sew the detail on the pockets to intentionally look like your initial or was it just a happy coincidence??? ;)

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    1. I've already ordered and received some stretch denim - I can't find heavy enough stuff in NZ so it's come from the States.

      Hahahaha you've spotted my secret K!! Yes, it was on purpose. I couldn't think of anything else at the time. I just traced the curves from some bread-and-butter plates!

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  2. Looks good Kat. Good job.

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    1. Thanks - it's really given me a shot of confidence to go for some more complicated patterns in the future!

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  3. You go girl! Congratulations on sewing your first pair of pants. How awesome they turned out so well! I still haven't made this pattern myself, but am anxious to do so. I actually ordered rivets this past week and they arrived yesterday, so it's time to hop to it! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you! It's really a boost that they worked well - I'd probably be a bit demoralised if they were a failure.

      It's one of those patterns that seems to suit almost everyone, so I look forward to seeing your version :-)

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  4. Wow! I'm so impressed! They look great and I can't wait to see what happens when you use denim.

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    1. I can't wait to see what happens with the denim either - it seems to be less stretchy so I hope they don't turn out too small.

      Either way, there will be photos ;-)

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  5. These look awesome!! I can't believe they're your first pair of pants! Nice work!!

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    1. Thank you! I still kind of can't believe I managed to make pants either :-)

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  6. They look great!

    Oh, also, I read an "article" about "mom jeans" and how to avoid the dreaded "long butt". Apparently the secret to them not looking like mum jeans is to have the pockets relatively low.

    http://www.graspingforobjectivity.com/2009/03/mom-jeans-and-dreaded-long-butt.html

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    1. Yeah, I've seen that article - avoiding mom jeans is part of the plan :-)

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  7. Ooh - these look great! I can't wait to see the final version.

    Have you seen the SNL 'Mom Jeans' skit from a few years back? It is hilarious. But I think it is safe to say that your not-jeans look nothing like mom jeans. :)

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    1. Hahahaha thanks Heather - I'll have to check out the video. I'm glad my not-jeans look okay!

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  8. Yep. Not mum jeans. Not anything like it. Nice one. Bloody hell Kat and these are your first out of the box? Wow. Dead impressed I am.

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    1. Thank you! I'm happy too. On to the next pair (let's hope it wasn't beginners luck) :-D

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  9. They look fantastic! The decorative stitching is perfect.

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    1. Thank you! I think I did an even better job on the 'real' jeans (post coming soon).

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