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Ginger Jeans by Heather Lou

Added Jul 24, 2015

by brookeannblank

Cincinnati, Ohio...






After researching other people’s makes and reading through the sew-a-long multiple times I felt ready to move forward with making my first pair of jeans out of some weird floral stretchy denim ($2 a yard!).

I have to say, I am most pleased with how neat and clean my front fly turned out. My topstitching actually turned out pretty nice, too, although I just used regular thread for these practice jeans. I didn’t use any rivets or even a jeans button, opting instead to use two regular buttons.

Unfortunately the fit really wasn’t working for me, so I had to make quite a few adjustments. Based on my measurements I cut a size 12, grading to 14 at the hip and back to 12 for the waistband. I ended up taking a wedge out of the back yoke, stitching four 1/2″ darts in the waistband, taking in the sides at the hips by almost 1 1/2″ and the fit still wasn’t right. So I took in the inseam at the crotch by about 1 1/2″ and flattened out the front crotch curve. I probably should have left the crotch alone and instead taken in the waist even more because they went from high-waisted to about 1/2″ below my belly button. I also tapered the calf area by about 1 – 1/2″ from the knee on either side.

Luckily, I had basted the seams, so I was able to adjust the fitting quite a bit. I’m not sure if it was my fabric choice (the denim is very lightweight and pretty stretchy) but the size I cut just overall seemed way too big. I have some heavier stretch denim (that I used for Brad’s apron) and hopefully it will work better.

The adjustments I plan on making to the next pair are: cut a straight size 12, make a swayback adjustment to the yoke and waistband, place the zipper a little closer to the fly, shorten pocket length and I may omit the pocket stays. I like the idea of pocket stays but I don’t like that I can actually see the bottom of the stays through the pants fabric. There are definitely some issues with the jeans but they were great practice for several new techniques and I feel like I have a better understanding of how to fit pants.

Material Notes

denim twill, floral



Related Techniques


Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Romantic



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    Aug 3, 2015, 06.52 AMby nrobson

    great jeans! you did well :P

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    Jul 25, 2015, 11.45 AMby Mary Athey

    These are Fab and I love your fabric.your perserverence with these achieved a great well fitting pair of jeans z

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    Jul 24, 2015, 06.04 PMby scuffsan

    I love the fabric!

    Good job with the top stitching, I agree that the fly looks amazing. Seems like you had quite a few modifications while fitting these, but they look great now. Pants are really hard and actually I have yet to find the confidence to sew up this pattern because of that. It is always good to know others have struggled with fitting issues and managed to get things right. Thanks for sharing and way to go!

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