Saturday, February 4, 2012
These are the Frankenpattern of the infamous Jalie 2908 stretch jean, the Ottobre jean and the fly front from the McCalls men's shorts pattern I made for Mario this summer. I'll go over the pattern changes in detail in another post, once I lay out the various pattenr pieces and document what I did to them.
I wore these to work today; they've decided to give us casual Fridays from now on, so long as we don't "abuse it." So I wore my new jeans and got abused because they weren't denim enough for a jeans Friday.
Also, having held off wearing these to work because I wanted photos, it was such a busy day that I never had time to ask Andrea to take a few pictures of me in them and instead had to make do with table photos and asking Mario if there was any way on earth that he could take a flattering picture of my ass. Apparently it's too much to hope for, but this is what I have to show for now.
The shape of the lower leg is the Jalie boot cut. Ottobre offers a straight leg or a boot cut, and I've tried both, but the I think the Jalie shape is more flattering.
Also regarding the zip - because of the narrow, cut-on fly on both the Ottobre and Jalie patterns, I can't get the zip to sink back far enough beneath the overlap so that it's properly invisible. With the applied fly, I had much better luck with that, though I have hopes for better next time.
Pockets: neither one of those patterns cut the pocket so that the lining doesn't peep out over the topstitching. I've cut them lower and lower, but this time, since my denim wasn't particularly bulky, I just cut the pocket from the denim and then the pocket facing from a scrap of Liberty I had on hand. I get a little bit of pretty, but none of it shows.
Every little bit helps, right?
All in all, I'm really pleased with these. There are a few things I'll change next time (but aren't there always?), and I also want to try cutting the pattern a size larger, and make them up in a non-stretch denim. I actually prefer jeans without stretch, they're just nearly impossible to find, as is non-stretch denim in a fabric store that isn't basically dress-weight.