Closet Case Ginger Jeans and Jalie Eleonore Leggings: DIY Dark Denim Skinny Jeans and Faux Leather Leggings

Jalie Eleonore pull on faux leather leggings

Hi Everyone,

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.

Jalie Eleonore pull on faux leather leggings

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.

Jalie Eleonore pull on faux leather leggings

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.
Jalie Eleonore pull on faux leather leggings
Closet Case Ginger Jeans in dark denim

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.

Closet Case Ginger Jeans in dark denim

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.

Closet Case Ginger Jeans in dark denim

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.

Until soon.

Closet Case Ginger Jeans in dark denim

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at

23 thoughts on “Closet Case Ginger Jeans and Jalie Eleonore Leggings: DIY Dark Denim Skinny Jeans and Faux Leather Leggings

  1. Love the jeans! The black leather leggings are well-made and fit amazingly well, but I’m not a leggings or leather clothes person…to hot here in the sunny south USA!
    Back to the jeans…they fit so well they look designer; the details on the stitching, esp the fly is nothing short of fantastic. I practically live in jeans from October til March (yea, retirement!) so I’ve got to try my hand at these. Congratulations on beautiful new clothes!

  2. Wow they both look great & the fit over your hiney is fantastic. I have a bubble butt & have the dangest time getting a good fit that doesn’t slide down when I sit. Added to the rear amount is a tummy poof that pretty much ballances me to I don’t tip over. Beginning to resemble a “Weeble” as I age (60+) instead of the bean pole I was until 40.
    Menapause is a real stinker. Thanks for the fit tips how you did it, yes it’s all in the fabric (thank God for spandex). I’ve bookmarked & will start pulling fabrics, pattern paper, tape…

  3. great idea to repeat patterns and apply the fit adjustments to each subsequent pair (instead of grabbing a new pattern and then having to start from scratch) they both look really sharp and good additions to your wardrobe.

    1. Agreed. I feel like I’m such a magpie and I want to try so many things. But the fit on both of these is spot on, and the gradual progress of small adjustments over time really paid off.

      1. Yeah it is hard to resist the lure of a new pattern for me too, but I am starting to realise there is a lot of worth in building up TNTs.

  4. I love the leather look jeans. I live in the north east, can I ask where the fabric is from? Your fitting advice is so helpful!

    1. Hi Hayley, I got my fabric from the Carlisle covered market. The stall is called fabric and threads. Helen, the owner, has a Facebook and Instagram account.

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