oh sorry, were you expecting some fashion??
My set-up photo with just one lonely loyal dog sitting there really made me smile, so I had to put it in here. For fun.
I've made some new jeans :)
These are made in a thick but stretchy denim from Spotlight in a lovely warm vanilla ice-cream shade, and using Burda 7863. This is the seventh pair of jeans I have made using this pattern; it really is such a winner in my book!
I thought and thought and thought about the legs, whether to go skinny this time or not. Whilst I looovee my khaki skinnies, I really do think that a slightly flared leg is actually way more flattering to my figure type. And the reason we sew is that we can have clothes custom suited to our figure type and not be needlessly restricted to the silhouette being forced on us by the fashion powers-that-be for that season, yes? Yes!
So I cut the legs based as closely as possible on my purple flares, which I have to confess are (whispers) my favourites. Shhhh! I never say so out loud, for fear of hurting the feelings of all my other pairs of jeans, but yah... my purplies really do make me feel extra specially good about myself every single time I put them on. I can't exactly put my finger on it; what is their secret. They just work. I am hoping these new ivory ones will be just as successful.
I cut my new jeans with the legs about 10cm longer, and with the slight flare, about 5cm in total from the knee out to the hemline. I did a small alteration to pull in the waist at the small of the back also, a standard adjustment for me in jeans, and made very easy with the two-piece, shaped waistband in this pattern.
Oh, and yes, in case you're wondering; it is quite difficult to take a photograph of your own be-hind, oh yes indeedy :)
I washed the fabric before cutting, then I made the jeans; then I washed them again before hemming to really guard against shrinkage. I want these jeans to be plenty looong enough. I think all the washing really helped with the fit too.
I added a coin pocket and a zip placket and also slightly altered the order of construction of the jeans, as outlined in this post for my purple jeans; which results in a more ready-to-wear look. The pocket lining and waistband lining are cut from a sturdy but lightweight white cotton.
windy? o yeah...
Jeans; Burda 7863 with minor modifications, made of ivory stretch cotton denim; my review of this pattern here
Top; based on top "a" from shape shape (or Unique Clothes Any WayYou Like) by Natsuno Hiraiwa, made of blue shot cotton, details here
Cardigan; "wearing a square" from Pattern Magic 2 by Tomoko Nakamichi, blue/grey knit stuff, details here
Shoes; Francesco Morichetti, from Zomp shoes