Garment #6 - The Jeans
I'm at the half way point with the SWAP. If I keep making one piece per week, I'll be finished just in time. The pattern for the jeans is from Patrones, 6/07 #13, and the fabric is a stretch denim. I liked this model because it is more trouser like, but still has the stitching details of jeans.
Here are some of the little details. All of the topstitching was done with a double thread of 40 wt. rayon thread in a gold color. I just used two strands of thread through the needle and a poly/cotton in the bobbin. I chose to do that instead of the "jeans thread" you can buy because I really don't like that thick thread. My machine doesn't either, and I usually have to put it in the bobbin. That means I can't see exactly where I'm top stitching and that drives me crazy. The rayon is prettier and shinier, too!
This is a false back pocket - there is a zipper, but no real pocket underneath. The cutting layout didn't show one, nor did the instructions have you cut out pieces for it. It was pretty easy to make, and I'll show you that tomorrow.
The pocket linings, waistband facing and back pocket underlay are all made of plaid taffeta:
I am very pleased with the way these jeans turned out. I'm even more pleased that I think I've found a pattern source for trousers and shorts that is fairly close to my own body shape and that I don't have to make major alterations to use. Would June be pleased? I'm not sure, but they do have a cleaner, more modern shape, and that's definitely a wardrobe upgrade.
Pattern Crisis update: I found another one on Etsy, in a girl's size 7. It is on the way, so I guess I'll be doing a bit of grading up in size!
Parting Shot: Another Jackie O. This one is Advance 8920. What I love about this pattern is the illustration on the envelope. Notice the giant houndstooth fabric of the blue version. Also check out the chunky bracelets on everyone and the bangles on version 2.