Saturday, 1 June 2013

Floral skinny jeans


Here I am leaping into the floral jeans trend (not into the river, although Truffle did have a dip).

I bought this bright, stretch woven fabric a few weeks ago in the Textile Traders sale. I got one metre for only $5. Cheap pair of jeans hey?


I am not thrilled with the t-shirt, which I didn't make, so a bit of thought is needed on how to style these pants. Suggestions welcome!

Now, I had planned to use McCalls 6404, a leggings pattern, for these. But after the mediocre denim pants that resulted from my first attempt with this pattern I decided against using it this time. Instead, I drafted a new pattern using a great-fitting pair of RTW (ready-to-wear) pants and my tried and tested Jalie 2795 (UPDATE: this should be 2908) jeans pattern.

I traced the RTW pants very carefully, then compared the result to my Jalie pattern.

Correction: Jalie pattern is 2908

The shaky black line shows the outline of the Jalie pattern (pants back) and the even shakier yellow line is the RTW tracing. There is quite a difference in the shape of the back crotch curve. There is also a difference in the waist height, but this is partly explained by the fact that the Jalie jeans have a yoke (not seen here), while the RTW pants do not. Hmmm, interesting. The other notable difference was that the seams of the RTW pants were placed differently to the Jalie jeans, particularly the inner leg seam which was significantly further forward on the RTW pants. I don't know that this affects the final fit. I suspect probably not much.

Out of curiosity, I decided to just make the RTW pattern and compare it to my previous Jalie 2795 efforts.


So here it is. I only had a metre to squeeze this from, so I eliminated all pockets. I had just enough fabric to do a fly front and separate waistband. I think the fit is pretty good.


I should have made them longer though. I'll buy 1.1m next time!


Here is a picture of my denim Jalie jeans for fit comparison.

I think the less scooped back crotch curve of the floral jeans is more flattering than the deeper scoop of the Jalie jeans. The fit at the front is similar, although the Jalies are higher waisted (these denims were made from the higher waisted version of the pattern). The inner leg seams are just visible on the floral fabric but don't seem to impact the fit. On a plain fabric the forward-placed seams would be more visible and could be top-stitched in a contrasting thread for additional detail.


I think I like these and, once I work out what to wear with them, I'll wear these a lot before the fashion changes! The comparison of patterns was an interesting exercise (for a sewing nerd like me) and I am very pleased to have improved the fit at the back. Yay!

21 comments:

  1. I love doing pattern comparisons...though it always leaves me confused about the "best" way. I love these pants. I would style them with a tank top and either a long necklace or soft mobius-style scarf.

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    1. Thank you. Great suggestion with the styling, although I'll have to wait for some warmer weather first!

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  2. Cute pants and so on-trend! The fit looks great too -- interesting comparison of the two different fits (Jalie and RTW).

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    1. I'm pleased to hear that the comparison was interesting. I worried that I may be the only one to think so!

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  3. Think the fabric is great - the Parisian ladies are wearing print with contrasting print this year - might be worth a try, though I like the white with these jeans. Interesting to hear about the fit.

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    1. Yes, I've seen the print with print idea in fashion pictures, but I'm not sure if I am brave enough to try it myself!

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  4. The fit is something I am keep to perfect as well but it is difficult to know where to start sometimes. Your floral jeans look really nice and I like what you have done with the fit.

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    1. Thank you. Maybe not quite perfect still, but certainly a step forward :)

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  5. Great job with the fit. Those are really cute. I could see them with a knit peplum top or a boyfriend fit shirt (like a Grainline Archer)

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    1. I have not yet jumped onto the peplum trend, but I do have some boyfriend shirts which I will definitely try with these. Thanks!

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  6. That's very clever. Not many people would have done the comparison but you have and the back fit is perfect.
    That larger centre back curve is more my fit and definitely not one that you need to use.
    Nice work Megan.

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    1. Yes, everyone is different, but I think it's definitely worth comparing a well-fitting pair of jeans to a much loved pattern to improve the fit. Thank you :)

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  7. OMG I LOVE these!!! That fabric is perfect for living out the floral pant trend, and you have some perfectly shaped pins to show it off with. Pure Awesome.

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  8. Megs,
    I think the butt on these florals fit better than the blue jeans. And you can't beat a white shirt! Very Jacki O. If I had your gorgeous gams, I'd be copying you to the minute!

    Rock It!
    Coco

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    1. Right, I'm off to channel Jacki O in a white shirt right now!

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  9. Good Floral skinny jeans. Love this.

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  10. OK ...this is a rear end question (butt in america:) I have a full rear end and I like it but some patterns are not full enough and I add more up to the yoke area and a bit to the crotch in back. Now I have lost weight...and wonder if I should alter the Jalie like you did...I really like the way the floral fit but not sure....I'm like you...I love to compare and did the Jeanius with Kenneth King and the jeans turned out great (they are a bit too roomy now) but now I want to try the Jalie.

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  11. I am no expert, but I think the crotch alteration I did with the floral pants kind of lifts and separates the butt (sounds terrible - sorry), whereas the original Jalie curve allows for more sag in that area. The actual size of the jeans probably hasn't really changed, it's just the way they flatter the body. The floral jeans certainly feel just as comfortable to wear as the Jalies (I will not sacrifice comfort for fashion - well not in this instance anyway!). Possibly a fuller butt than mine would require jeans that are a bit higher at the back waist than the floral jeans, so the addition of the Jalie yoke, or a higher waistline with darts, may help things there. Great question - thanks :)

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  12. Great jeans! Did you make your top, too?

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