2018 makes (6) – Ginger jeans

My makes of 2018, spread out over 9 blog posts. This is blog 6, with photos.

My first jeans (yikes!) – Ginger lowrise jeans

2018-01-03: Step 1: Get A0 print of pattern ✅
Step 2: Wait for the weekend to arrive….
Step 3: read through the entire instructions and try not to get nervous ✅
#GingerMidrise #CloserCasePatterns#SkinnyJeans #sewherenow

2018-01-03: Naughty me, cutting pattern pieces straight from the print instead of tracing them first like my mother taught me. I did carefully safes the off cuts though, in case I chose the wrong size ?. The advantages of an A0 pdf pattern. Just wished it had the option to only print the size(s) you want! @closetcase.patterns #GingerMidrise

2018-03-04: My first #GingerMidrise basted together, not unhappy with this fit at all!

I see these symptoms:
➖ drag lines radiating upwards from front crotch ? lengthen crotch
➖ horizontal wrinkles at front crotch ? shallower front crotch curve
➖ gaping back ? yoke adjustment
➖ not enough lift of the bum, I think it’s a low seat issue: horizontal drag lines under my seat ? scoop out seat curve (??) Would you agree with these?

@closetcase.patterns #GingerMidrise#SkinnyJeans

2018-03-09: Adjustments are done, next step is to unpick all the basting and start sewing!

I ended up with different adjustments than I initially thought:
➖ gaping back, only at the yoke, since I took of the waistband to create a low rise model (tbc)
➖ low seat adjustment, which worked wonders for me and my bum
➖ let out the seems at the hips 0.5 cm (my hips and waist don’t fit the same size)
➖ shortened the top part of front and back leg by 2cm at the indicated line (to fake a low-rise model). Instantly made a feel much more me!
➖ reattached the waistband, cause you really need it. So far without gaping back adjustments, but I’ll reconsider that when I can fit it with zipper and all. Will be a tiny adjustment, if any.

So far, so good ?. I’ll definitely need to remember to put the WonderWoman logo on the pockets. I’ve seen some awesome examples of that on IG!
#GingerMidrise #GingerLowrise#SewHereNow @closetcase.patterns

2018-03-10#GingerLowrise #GingerMidrise take 3, after a coffee with @stitchellini and Ehud, the latter an actual trained fashion designer.

His big tip: don’t shorten (or lengthen) halfway near the crotch (as the pattern suggests), but take the length from the top of the leg pattern pieces. Otherwise you change the fit of the pants right where you have the most curves. (Also, if you’ve already cut the legs, you end up with seams where you least want them.) As a result I could get rid of laying out the seams at the hip, which made me happy ?. My final alterations are summarised in this photo:
➖ shorten front and back leg from the top by 2cm, reshape pocket opening. Shorten bottom and top pocket stay in the same way as the front leg. (Shorten pocket facing too? I didn’t do that) ➖ gaping back at both yoke (2×0.7cm) and waistband (1x1cm), reshape waistband curvature
➖ low seat, scoop out the seat curve by 2cm!
➖ flat pubis, 0.5cm shallower front crotch
➖ lengthen legs at indicated line (i.e. knee height) by 2cm

Geometric art added for your viewing pleasure, and to get this rectangular photo to show fully ?

Let the sewing commence! (after unpicking the whole thing first with some Netflix).

2018-03-11: That feeling when there’s plenty of weekend left, but you’re out of topstich thread. #SoClose ?

2018-03-12: Yass!

A lot of firsts with this one: fly front zipper, button hole, topstiching up the wazoo.

Only thing I forgot, while following the instructions meticulously step by step, is to add my own label ?. Perhaps the instructions can be extended with that optional step ?. Made some last minute adjustments when sewing her up, mostly related to the crotch area. Also, my next version will be a few cm longer, guess @birch_slap was right with her advice of 5cm. Pattern pieces have already been adjusted! Still considering if the waistband needs further shaping in the front, but I’ll decide that after a few wears.

#GingerJeans #GingerMidrise#GingerLowrise @closetcase.patterns

Ginger lowrise jeans, part 2

2018-03-24: I strongly suspect those dye at home products are just a ruse to get you to clean your washing machine. Pfff, a lot of work for a disappointingly pinkish wine colour. #WhiteStretchDenim #WineColor#PinkWineThatIs #IPreferMerlot

2018-04-01: My second #GingerLowrise (aka #GingerMidrise) cut out and ready for their second dye session. I won’t rest until they’re bordeaux, or at least burgundy ?. No pink jeans for me!

I’m having second thoughts. What say ye: dye first or sew first?
2018-04-08: I can haz pockets, part 2! Now more subtle with matching topstiching, and bonus WW pattern on coin pocket. Working towards a beautiful inside with birds for pockets and meters of matching bias tape that will find their placr in these pants. I’m thinking to encase the zip bits and the side seams, just because.
I’ve sewn all day and this is all I got to show for it. Plan ahead, one step at a time, enjoy every bit. #SewHereNow #GingerMidrise#GingerLowrise
2018-04-17: Birds and bias binding in burgundy bjeans! To celebrate I give you part of ‘I Like Birds’ by Eels, which I’ll be singing nonstop in my head once I finish this beauty: ?
I don’t care for walkin’ downtown
Crazy auto-car gonna mow me down
Look at all the people like cows in a herd
Well, I like
BirdsIf you’re small and on a search
I’ve got a feeder for you to perch on ?#GingerMidrise #GingerLowrise#SewHereNow

2018-04-24: I made jeans, part 2 ?. Fit is slightly different from no 1to improve comfort, but I wonder if I erred on the side of too baggy. A first test run tomorrow will reveal all!

Swipe for detail shots. Lots of tiny mods / improvents with this one, def happy with the pretty inside ? ??️. The top is a cropped version of the yellow tail camisole by @disparatedisciplines
#GingerMidrise #GingerLowrise#GingerJeans #sewherenow

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