Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Denim leggings or are they the 'J' word? (McCalls 6404)


J....J....Jeggings!

Love 'em or hate 'em, you can't deny they are comfortable. Perfect for a weekend afternoon at the skateboard park. Don't worry, I just watch and read the paper...or a sewing magazine if I am lucky enough to have one. I am so cool.



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Anyway, back to the jegg skinny jeans. These are made with McCalls pattern 6404. The pattern stipulated 'two-way stretch knits only' so, as usual, I ignored this and did my own thing. I had some denim that has been languishing for ages in my stash. It is nice and stretchy, but definitely only a one-way stretch woven. I chose 'View D' from the pattern and decided to highlight the curved seams with some light brown piping I found at the op shop many moons ago.


Reading some reviews of this pattern, it seemed that the sizing of this pattern runs rather large. However, I decided that, since I was using one-way stretch, rather than two-way, I should err on the side of caution and go with the size based on my measurements. I made a Medium. It turned out that I should have thrown caution to the wind. The reviews were right, these were too big. Next time I will cut an extra small (my pattern has XS, S and M). I took the side seams in around 2-3cm below the piping at the hip to mid calf. They could probably do with taking in further.


The other adjustments I would make next time would be to add at least 10cm to the length and cut the centre back about 3cm higher at the waist, tapering to the side seams. I am not terribly bootilicious, but the centre back dips at the waist, which is not ideal.


I quite like them though. The curved seams at the front are quite nice and the piping is ok. BTW, I added the piping using a sewing foot with grooves in the base. I aligned the piping into a groove, adjusted the needle position to sew where I wanted and it went on like a dream. I sewed it to one panel first, then placed the panels right side together. The piping could be easily felt through the top layer of fabric and still slotted into the groove in the sewing foot.


However, I'm not too sure about the curved seams and piping at the back. I had my first ever 'does my bum look big in this?' moment. So much so that I don't know if I can put the back view on the blog. Just look at the side for a minute while I decide.


Well, OK just a small picture of the back...but only have a very quick look.


Oh dear. A long, butt-covering coat is required with these I think. Still, they're good for relaxing and I do think I'll wear them a lot on casual days. I had thought I would make some printed skinny pants with this pattern, but now I'm not sure. I wonder if I could modify my well-fitting Jalie jeans pattern (made many times as skinny jeans) to close-fitting pants instead. I thought of changing the front fly to an invisible side zip. Has anyone done anything like this? Any tips greatly appreciated.

13 comments:

  1. Thank you for making the leggings and reviewing this pattern. I'm considering this for gymwear. What do you advise me regarding fabric? one-way or two-way fabric?

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I should have said what I thought of the fabric. For these, the stretch denim worked very well. It is stretchy enough to pull them on (the waist is elasticated) and, like skinny jeans, only one-way stretch is required in the legs. However, for gym wear I would go for a two-way stretch and definitely make a size or three smaller than you would think.

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    2. Hi Megan.
      I've now made the gym wear version and went 1 size smaller, used a wider elastic and sewed the leg in more at the knee. They are a dream to wear as they're 2-way stretch.
      The second pair is one-way stretch and still needed a bit of knee slimming. I added deeper back crotch curve for my tushy too.
      I'm really happy with the results and I appreciate your advice.

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  2. I have wondered about making jeggings myself as I find all the trouser patterns a little large - seems with judicious taking in these might just work. McCalls slim fit seem to be voluminous around the hip area.

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    1. Yes, I think this pattern has potential, but I would not make these with curved seams in the back again. They are just not flattering.

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  3. Hello,love your photos and your jeans are pretty cool too. You are right about the back, it doesn't make your bum look big but it would seem much more sensible for the lines to curve towards the centre rather than the outside. Nonetheless well done for making some trousers for winter, mine are still in my mind.

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    1. You are totally right about where the curve should be. I hadn't thought about that until you mentioned it. Thanks for the design tip :)

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  4. I love the piping and think it makes your bum look appropriately curvy, not big. I also love that circle art you are standing around. Is that the skate park? ~Major Moma

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    1. You are very kind :) The actual skate park is not visible in these pictures, but it's very close by. It is covered in graffiti and is on my mind for a photoshoot if I can get there when it's empty one day! Yes, these circle sculptures are very cool.

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  5. Thanks for the review of this pattern. I may have to try it. They look great on you. Wear them the next time you run into the guitar teacher. Hahahaha!

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    1. OMG, I'm still recovering from the incident with the guitar teacher lol! Thank you for the comment.

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  6. Ah, the J word. I literally can't bring myself to say it... but there's another J word. This pattern reminds me of black jodhpurs I once bought from TopShop: to date, one of my favourite, most flattering trousers ever. I didn't realize there was a pattern!!

    The piping was a really good idea. Hope you get to wear lots.

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    1. Ah yes, jodhpurs always manage to be cool. I love them and there is an option for that style on this pattern. Maybe I should try a different view next time.

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