Monday, 20 August 2012

Skinny Jalie jeans with ankle zips

This is my fourth time making Jalie jeans from pattern 2908.  My other versions include: skinny cargos, denim skinnies, skinnies with side pocket zips and now these, er, skinnies. Ok, I'm not very imaginative re. the leg shape, but I do try to give a new spin on the jeans each time. This time, I've added zips to the side seams at the ankles. These zips are not necessary for getting the jeans on and off, but just to add interest.

I've worked out my size seems to be an 'S', blended to a 'U' above the hip. It is pretty easy to blend the pattern pieces as they are being traced because all the lines are there, you just need to switch lines and smooth the curve between sizes. I also changed the bootcut leg to a skinny as I was tracing the pattern.

I made the jeans with a fairly lightweight stretch fabric that I found at the op shop for $1. The zips cost more than the fabric!! I'm trying to use up some of my op-shopped fabric stash at the moment.

I made the higher waisted version of the jeans.

To insert the zips I used the following method:

At the bottom of the leg, I left the seam open the length of the zip (I used a 15cm zip). I finished off the raw edges with a serger. I pressed the seam open and snipped to the fold at the top of where the zip would go.

This picture shows the right side of the fabric. This is the hole created for the zip. The top only folds over a small amount.

I pinned the zip in place,

and sewed all around the sides and end of the zip using the zipper foot.

Voila. Next I hemmed the jeans. I folded the ends of the zip under and caught them in the hem stitching to give a neat finish.

The underside of the zip before hemming.

The finished zip and hem.

I am very pleased with the fit of these. I'm wearing them here with an op-shopped top and some Bali sandals. Would you believe I got a wolf whistle on the way home after taking these photos?! It's been a few years since that happened. Thumbs up for the Jalies!


fabric epiphanies said...

Isn't this pattern fantastic. There will be at least one more in my collection this spring as well, when it finally gets here i.e. stops raining! Love your latest version.

Pam @Threading My Way said...

These are a perfect fit and look terrific!!!

Megan O said...

Thank you! I'm wearing them again today and they are just so comfortable :)

Megan O said...

Sure is fantastic! I'll be making more too. I've had some denim waiting patiently for a while now, so I'll have to put it out of its misery soon. Thanks for the comment.

Jenni said...

Sweet idea! I love how you put the zipper in those skinny jeans.

Megan O said...

@JenniThank you so much for leaving a comment on my skinny jeans. I'm thrilled you like the zippers :)


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