At the beginning of January I decided I was going to spend the rest of the month making items which I needed to make, rather than wanted too. Items which I needed either in my wardrobe (like jeans!) or in my home (like curtains…still not done). Anyway, in the month of January I managed to make four pairs of jeans/ leggings/ pants, and here I am sharing two of them. I will say from the outset that one of the pairs of (Jalie Eleonore) jeans was a dud due to fabric selection. More on that in a moment. But I am very pleased with the other three items.
Let’s start with these pull on faux leather leggings (fabric bought local to me) which I made using a modified version of the Jalie Eleonore pull on jeans pattern. Can I just say that I think this is the seventh pair of these pull on jeans I have made (which should tell you how much I love the pattern), however, out of those seven pairs only three pairs have been truly wearable? Huh? As much as I love this pattern, the really, really hard part is finding the right fabric to make them. Three of the seven pairs have been made with denim which just hasn’t had enough stretch. Which is why the pair I made a few weeks ago have been classed as a wadder. The fourth pair was also made a few weeks ago from a faux leather, but I found that not only did they have a lot of wrinkles along the outer knee, but they were sliding down my backside every time I tried to sit down in them. Not a good look.
For this second attempt not only did I do my first knock knee adjustment (oh! the labels we assign to our bodies!), but I also did a 2 inch full bum adjustment to the back pattern piece. At last! Success! What a difference to the fit of these leggings now. I have worn these out a couple of times, styled just like this, and I have felt comfortable, warm and stylish. Love them!
Faux Leather Leggings Fitting Notes:
- You can read about the last pair of Jalie Eleonore jeans I made here, and that will also take you to other fitting notes. It’s been a process of tweaking the fit to get to this point.
- For this pair I did a 0.5 inch knock knee adjustment, added 1 inch to the length at the ankle and did a 2 inch full bum adjustment.
- I used this great resource from Closet Case Patterns to find out how to do the knock knee adjustment.
- I used this resource from Colette Patterns to find out how to do the full bum adjustment.
- I modified this pattern so there are no faux front pockets, no back pockets and no faux fly. They are essentially just pull on leggings.
Now on to the Ginger jeans. These are view B which I have previously made here and here. This version is made in a dark denim which I purchased in Birmingham when I went to the Sew Brum meet up a couple of years back. I can’t remember the name of the shop…it was close to New Street and might have been silk something? Anyway, it’s good denim. That shop is also where I got the denim to make my denim jacket.
Again, see my fitting notes below but overall I am super happy with how these turned out. One alteration I made to the pattern on these was a 0.5 inch full tummy adjustment. I made that alteration only to the jeans, and not to the pockets, and the pockets are (only very slightly) pulling forward. When I went back and checked the pattern, it looked as if I hadn’t added to the side seams of the pockets when I had added to the jeans side seam. So I have corrected that now, and also taken the full tummy adjustment through the coin pocket and pocket facing.
Ginger Jeans Fitting Notes
I think this is a comprehensive list of all the adjustments I have made to date on this pattern to get to this third version:
- 0.5 inch full tummy adjustment
- 3/8ths inch full calf adjustment
- 0.5 inch knock knee adjustment
- Scooped out front and back crotch by 0.5 inch
- Added 0.25 inches to the front and back side seams and 0.5 inch to the waistband to compensate for scooping out the crotch
- Omitted the pocket stays
- Curved the waistband to remove approximately 2 inches
- Narrowed the legs
- Don’t forget to check the Closet Case jeans fitting guide for help with all these adjustments
So two great, functional and wearable pieces added to my wardrobe. I am dying to sew some more exciting things, but I am glad I took time out to make these pieces.