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Monday Jean Trouser

Added Nov 3, 2009

by ginasophia

New York, New Yo...






These are a pair of denim trousers I have been lusting after for a while now. I used the Janina pattern, but widened the waistband and took in the pant legs by about 5 inches. Those legs are something serious! I have full skirts with less width!! I added clasps closures in the front and added a tab instead of a button. I also used fusible hemming tape to reinforce a few areas I did not want to top-stitch. I really do not like top-stitching in general and opted out for it this time. But when faced with hem tape and top-stitching again I think I will succumb to top-stitching because I felt like such a cheater ironing on the tape!

All in all I love these trousers. I will be making some in the near future with a stretch denim and slightly more tailored, and back one flap pockets.

Material Notes

Denim, metal closures, jean zipper



Related Techniques


Garment Type
Business, Casual
Cotton, Denim

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    Jan 23, 2012, 01.54 PMby Jambalaya

    You manage to make all of your sewing projects look better than the originals! Great work!

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    Oct 1, 2010, 02.16 PMby peaches2218

    These turned out great. How much fabric did you end up using? Was the original estimate fairly close, or did you have a fair amount left over?

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    May 13, 2010, 03.39 PMby jaimesews

    Did you adjust the rise of the pants at all? They fit perfectly!

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      May 13, 2010, 10.38 PMby ginasophia

      the rise has no adjustments at all, the pattern got it just right!

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    Mar 19, 2010, 06.56 PMby seasidelaundry

    Discovered these after seeing your cute circle crop top! You are a talent-these are great! Nice adaptation & narrowing legs (I am 4’11"-so thinner, better) perfect idea. Really, an every day of the week wearable!

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    Jan 25, 2010, 06.57 PMby Natalia *

    Hi, I love the fit of these trousers. They look great on you. I was just wondering about the fusible hem tape. I recently bought some and have yet to try it out. I too feel like its cheating, but perhaps thats not always a bad thing (my top-stitching abilities are subpar). I was just curious to know how well it works and if its lasts through the wash and whatnot. Thanks.

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      Jan 25, 2010, 11.49 PMby ginasophia

      I have noticed that it really depends on the fabric. Lighter weight and natural fibers take best to it, while denim not so much. This is all from my personal experience so I hope it helps!

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      Jan 26, 2010, 12.57 AMby Natalia *

      Thats great. Thank you. Ill just try it and see.

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    Dec 2, 2009, 10.44 PMby maxcalifornia

    Very classy!

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    Nov 20, 2009, 05.55 PMby zozowahine

    Very nice! Really wearable and a great fit

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    Nov 19, 2009, 07.43 PMby fi01

    Well Done i always find tousers trickey but you have done a really good job.

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    Nov 6, 2009, 09.13 PMby jd98

    they’re great! well done. good luck with your search for the perfect fit :)

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    Nov 5, 2009, 01.12 AMby camilaustral

    love them!!!! what fdo you mean with “widened the waistband”? and where did you took in the legs? inside or outside? do you think its better with stretch fabric?

    you klook great!

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      Nov 5, 2009, 08.53 PMby ginasophia

      I thickened the waistband to double the width the pattern calls for by creating facings for it instead of turning it over. and I took in the legs from the inside(inseam) by about 2.5 inches on each side.

      I am considering taking them in a bit more at the thigh on the outside to create a bit of a flare though. I wore them and feel a little too business casual.. I think a flare will dress them down a bit more.

      I think a stretch fabric is a wise way to go, I am thinking a stretch wool suiting and denim for the furture (once I get the legs just right!)


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    Nov 3, 2009, 01.21 PMby ink

    Wowsa! Those are great and i love the alterations you did, they look very clean lined.

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    Nov 3, 2009, 10.14 AMby gillthecat

    id kill for those but only with your figure to match fab-o

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    Nov 3, 2009, 09.42 AMby sew4my3

    Wonderful look and fit! I love your alterations!

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    Nov 3, 2009, 08.23 AMby ladysophie

    Wow these look really nice! Im really liking them! great job! I so wish that pattern was free! I have been wanting it heaps!

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    Nov 3, 2009, 08.00 AMby anneliesgils

    these are great! well done!

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    Nov 3, 2009, 03.30 AMby marloncosta

    nice job! Besides the beautiful design I also love the denin you picked!

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    Nov 3, 2009, 01.48 AMby sewneenee

    love love love your pants!!!great work!

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