Thursday, January 13, 2011

My Bandwagon Jeans

In was the year 2008 in the month of May that I purchased my last article of clothing - these jeans. I'd been searching for more than a year, wearing holes in the last denim in my wardrobe, when I finally found the near-impossible combination on clearance at Ann Taylor: decent fit and style for $20. The story has a sad ending, though. I hadn't put the new denim through the wash too many times when I noticed it'd be good to avoid wearing them in public due to an impending wardrobe malfunction:

This is what happens when you stitch bulky pockets to a thin fabric without stabilizing.

But wait! The story is not sad after all becauase I can make my own jeans. Enter: the fantastically popular Jalie jeans pattern #2908. I usually run from the ultra popular as if from the plague, but I don't regret jumping on the bandwagon this time.

The pattern is for slim fitting stretch jeans with bootcut legs. It comes in a low-rise and a mid-rise version. I made the low-rise version without any changes.

With heels, I could use some more length, but other than that I'm extremely pleased (and a little surprised) at how they turned out. With the stretch in the denim, they're super comfortable. Next time I make these, I'll make three changes:
1. deepen the front pockets
2. add length
3. try the mid-rise version, as these are too low when I sit on the floor (which I do a lot)

I've seen a number of people mention that they drew their pocket design on water soluble stabilizer. I didn't have any of that, but tried just tracing my design on two pieces of my tracing paper (which is medical exam table paper)...

pinning the paper to the pockets and stitching.

The paper tears off pretty easily without the need for water.

Pattern: Jalie 2908.
Fabric: stretch denim from (I can't remember the stretch %).


  1. Whoo! Nice! And to think I've been deliberately buying torn jeans because I thought they were "in". Ah....

    On my end, i just cut UP entire pairs of jeans last night! Seems sacrilegious, doesn't it?

    P.S. Got interrupted twice by K, while trying to type those two paragraphs. And I was wondering why I didn't comment here more often. Bah. Have a nice (if low-visibility, blizzardish) day! Off to pick J up from school now. Might need night-vision goggles.

  2. those look fabulous! I've hear so much about that jeans pattern, too that I want to attempt them (though to be honest, they seem too advanced to me so I'll probably wait a year until my skills improve). But I have such a hard time finding jeans I love that are affordable, too and want to try making my own.

  3. "as these are too low when I sit on the floor (which I do a lot" Sitting on the floor to play with children and feeling that ominous draft across the upper regions of one's bottom...ah yes, the infamous plumber's crack.

    I fit really good into Old Navy's jeans and usually stock up when they're on sale so I don't see sewing jeans in my future anytime soon. Your's look fantastic and the fit is right on. 2 thumbs up!

  4. These look really wonderful! I've been wanting to try these for ages!

  5. Fabulous! I need to make another pair soon as my first is showing it's age. I have the same floor related problem, so I think the mid rise may be the way to go for me as well.

  6. They look great! You have just the right figure for them, so they look like they were designed for you... lucky lucky you, because with all that stretch they are supremely comfortable.

  7. I'm on that bandwagon too! Although mine are , ah, tweaked to suit my particular jeans fetishes. You are lucky to fit them as is (not even a gaposis fix?!?)!

  8. Your jeans look great! Just wanted to say, your original jeans with the thin spot by the pocket are totally fixable!! I repair my husband's jeans, which always wear at that spot. Simply unstitch the corner of the pocket, cut a little scrap of fabric and place behind the hole, and then darn over the thin area (or do lots of back and forth zigzags) in a thread as close to the color of your jeans as possible. If you angle your stitches so that they line up with the twill lines in the jeans, it is practically invisible! Once you have a nice sturdy fabric again, use your denim topstitching thread to reattach the corner of your pocket, and voila! No one will ever know you had a hole, and no wardrobe malfunctions! :)

    Hope that helps!


  9. Another great version of this pattern to inspire me. I must make this up! Yours look absolutely fabulous. So glad to hear and see that a good fit is pretty easy to achieve.

  10. They look fabulous!! I really must jump on this bandwagon and get this pattern.

  11. Those look fantastic! I bought this pattern, too, and every time I put on jeans that aren't quite right, I kick myself for not making them yet. I guess I need to jump on the bandwagon, too.

  12. Great jeans. I'm trying to jump on the bandwagon too, but it's sometimes too high to reach:)

  13. I've been thinking about this bandwagon for a long time too! I'm definitely encouraged by your fabulous pair.


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