One of my Top 5 Goals this year was to get back into sewing pants. I had gained some weight over the summer and outgrown my bajillion pairs of Style Arc Elles… and in a panic before September I’d bought a bunch of RTW pants. Even with darts to add shape, they were just awful to wear! They’d be tight and falling down at the same time, and made me feel slobby and fat. Yuck!
I’m happy to report that those RTW pairs are in a pile for donation, and I’ve got 4 pairs of Ginger Jeans to get me through the week!
(Well, I also have those floral ones, but it’s too bloody cold to wear them. It’s been between -18c and -25c for weeks (that’s 0f to -13f). Winter needs to end NOW!!!) <– Ohh, I’m sorry, did I get distracted from talking about my jeans to rant about the weather? I must be a Canadian in winter. And truth be told, I’m about to rage-unfollow any Brit or southerly American who complains about mild cold. Rawr! Although plenty of people have it worse than me, like Tanit-Isis in the praries, Montrealers like Another Sewing Scientist or Closet Cake Files, or Maritimers like Creating in the Gap!
Ahem. Pants. Pants made inside out. I decided that I didn’t need a third pair of dark Ginger jeans, so I asked Twitter for suggestions on making them unique… and Sonja suggested using the wrong side for contrast. Well, since the pattern is named after her, it seems fitting that I went with her idea!
Instead of just doing contrast though, I went whole hog: jeans sewn with the denim inside-out!
The result is the lightest-wash jeans I’ve worn in a decade or so… but it’s fun to try something new! You can see inside the leg above how dark the the “real” side is. (You can also see how ugly my apartment hallway is. Welcome to the world of cheap apartments!)
The lighter-coloured denim really shows off pull-lines and wrinkles (and VPL, which is annoying). In the picture above you can see how the crotch and thigh fit looks reasonable when I’m standing balanced on both feet equally, but I get lots of diagonal pull lines from the butt to the front knee/thigh. Any suggestions for this? There are wrinkles in the lower leg too, from knock knees I forgot to adjust for, and the legs being a bit long…
I messed up the distances on my first lines of topstitching on the pockets, so I free-styled in a very home-ec kind of way. Next time I’d like to do some fun pockets with proper RTW flair.
Wearing these light-wash jeans make me vividly remember my favourite jeans in highschool. They were Gap straight-legged jeans (circe 1997), light wash. No stretch, because no jeans had stretch! It was probably around then that I started buying jeans with a waist measurement larger then my inseam. I remember laughing with an edge of hysteria when I bought a pair of 33″waist-30″inseam jeans in high school, feeling fat because I was 135lbs. HA! Look at me now, teenage self! Happily posting pics of my jeans on the internet with far bigger measurements. #itgetsbetter
What do you remember about your favourite highschool jeans? Let’s all have a giggle at what made our past selves feel fly!
PS. The top is an unblogged Plantain. The cowl was made for me by my sis!
PPS. I did a tute on the Curvy Sewing Collective this week on how to make jeans into pull-on elastic waisted pants, if you happen to be interested!