So. We’ll coast right past that they’re a size too big, and also that I might have done my sewing machine permanent damage. Welcome to my new favourite thing!
Apologies for grainy indoor pics, it was snowing. Not the picturesque kind either. Anyway. Supplies:
- Wyome boyfriend jeans pattern by Named Clothing
- 14oz Denim, Merchant & Mills
- Super-uncool jeans buttons and Gutermann topstitch thread, Ashton Market.
They might also be a little grubby, but that’s only because I’ve worn them every day this week. The upside of making massive clothes is they’re really comfy, who knew! I made them massive because I went off my actual measurements, forgetting that I just need to use them one that says ‘bust 38 etc’. In my case, it seems, this is always the one to go for. My actual waist and hip measurement put in the size above (these are a 16), but I need to just ignore these in future. They’re huge.
Having said that, I am 100% going to make a smaller pair. I love this pattern SO MUCH. Even enough for it to be worth having to add my own seam allowances on… There’s always a lot of muttering over lack of seam allowances, and I’d love someone to explain why they don’t add them (I mean, I get it garments with small, precise pattern pieces – added seam allowances mean greater room for error), but clothes in general? No, its just a pain.
I can’t really commit on fit, apart from to say they need to be smaller, athough I do feel that there needs to be a little (or a lot) less in front and more in back in the you-know-where.
The buttonholes are an unmitigated disaster. Well, mitigated by the fact that they function as buttonholes, I suppose. I was all gung-ho for handstitching them, and actually did a couple. They looked terrible, obviously, but that didn’t bother me as much as I couldn’t seem to catch the inner layer of denim in the stitches. In the end I decided they wouldn’t be durable enough, and did them by machine. (I had already opened up the slits by then, so I cannot express strongly enough what a pain this all was. Not without the kind of language I used pretty freely as I was doing them, anyway).
Loving the exposed button-fly though – spoiler: this is a total cop-out of a fly. If you’re nervous about jeans being complicated, make these. It’s so easy.
The denim, although too heavy for my machine where the layers start to mount up (belt loops nearly killed it), is lovely and soft, and wearing in great.
Yay for jeans! I can see how you could get a bit obsessed with making them – what other garment would you wear so often? How about you guys – are you a jeans veteran or virgin?
As always, thanks for reading!