Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Skinny Legged Jeans on Halloween

The inspiration for this pair of Jalie's was Style Arc's adorable Sandra jean with the narrow legs. I actually had the pattern in my cart ready to order from Chloe but, as I usually do when on her site, I got stuck in the "no" position seeing that the shipping costs as much as the pattern. Plus, I probably have a similar pattern in my stash or one that is more easily obtainable. I love Style Arc's patterns but I knew I could modify my Jalie pattern to look exactly the same.
I did a Pattern Review on this project mostly focusing on the fact that I used a NON, and I mean NON-stretch fabric...cotton duck, which has about as much give as heavy canvas. But it washes well, comes in a ton of cute colors and it doesn't fade.
I used an Asian-inspired quilting cotton from my stash for the pockets, waistband and fly shield because I love for the inside to be as cute as the outside:

And, here are my signature pockets, including my orange tab in homage to having been raised on Levi's:

I love my new jeans! I enjoy wearing them, plan to make more, and would be happy to mentor anyone out there who feels too intimidated to plunge into the world of jean making. When you conquer a pair of jeans, you feel like you can conquer the world!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope all your days are only sew-sew!


  1. WOW!! They are awesome! I LOVE the colour AND the asian-inspired quilting cotton inside, it makes such a difference.
    I'd really like to know how you modified the Jalie pattern for a non-stretch, I made one pair last year and really need to make more.

    1. Thanks, Steph! I just posted a link to my Pattern Review where I talk about the adjustment for a non-stretch fabric. Thanks for stopping by!


  2. I love your new jeans too.
    I've used a vogue pattern for non-stretch jeans, because the pattern was in the stash but I would love to to straight leg jeans like yours next:)

  3. Another great pair of jeans - love the little homage to Levi jeans.

    My last orange pair really didn't have any stretch and I managed to adjust them ok, so it does work.

    thanks for the review

  4. Super fit and just the right colour for you. Great jeans

  5. I think the best sewing investment I ever made was joining the pattern review site!! I love waking up in the morning and having my coffee and reading the newsletter.
    These pants look great. I don't think I have read your blog before, but I am off to read your review on these and see how you changed them for a woven.
    and I will have to subscribe to your blog too now I suppose lol!

  6. Your jeans are awesome! I love the little tab on the pocket--nice touch. I agree that conquering jeans gives you a sense of empowerment and the confidence to tackle anything sewing related. Great job.

  7. Looking very good!!!! And those shoes......Love it!

  8. I have been toying with the idea of getting this pattern. The only problem is that I have never made any pants, other than pajama bottoms.
    Since this pattern is all over pattern review, and I just love the results (especially yours, I'm going to go for it.

    1. Thanks, Sara...I was intimidated by my first pair of jeans, too. I took the Blueprint to Bluejeans class on Pattern Review and it really made it easy. You might want to consider that.
      Good luck...dorcas in Houston (Art Attack)


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