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The Kate Jeans

Added Mar 14, 2010

by stitchywitchy

Louisville, Kent...






I really wanted a pair of retro high waist jeans. I thought about using a vintage pattern, but thought that the modern Vogue 8604 might work. It worked so much better than expected – I love, love, love the vintage look, and plan to make these in other colors. I did add boning to the waist to keep the waistband from wrinkling – I used a flexible plastic that you can sew through called Rigeline. Highly recommended pattern, and this style is really flattering to curves! I have more detailed sewing info in my blog post

Material Notes

Lightweight denim from Joanns, and poly charmeuse for the pockets.




Garment Type

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    Jul 16, 2010, 12.53 PMby kjbuff

    On your site you mention being able to see the contrasting pocket lining. . . I thought that was intentional and LOVE it! I’m considering making these as well, with the alterations made by Renee in Seattle. I love me a tie belt.

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    Jul 15, 2010, 06.44 PMby meseide

    You look gorgeous! Unfortunately I’m still not brave enough to tackle pants…

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    Mar 21, 2010, 03.44 AMby Ady McLeod

    I absolutly love these pants! I have been looking for a 30s/40s style trouser for a while, and I just bought this pattern- your version is making me really excited for the final product! I was wondering what size you chose in relation to your measurments to get this fit, because I usually make dresses and measure for bust fit.

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      Mar 21, 2010, 05.20 AMby stitchywitchy

      I made a size 10, and my measurements are 26.5 waist and 36 hips. The waistband for that size is 27"… you want very little ease in the waist for the fitted style. The hips have about 4" of ease. My measurements were for the same as the ones called for in size 12 I think, but I always size down in these patterns by 1 or 2 sizes. I hope your project goes well – I think they will look great on you!

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    Mar 17, 2010, 09.03 AMby claudinka

    Absolutely wonderful!

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    Mar 16, 2010, 08.28 PMby kezi

    absolutly love it, defiantly going to go look up the pattern :)

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    Mar 16, 2010, 08.24 PMby suribabe

    I love it.. You look fab.

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    Mar 16, 2010, 06.26 PMby prudencerabbit


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    Mar 16, 2010, 06.06 PMby janetheclerk

    these are just fantastic, and i love your styling. i’ve been angling to make a pair of these with buttons at the side for some time, and feel you’ve set the bar pretty high here. thanks!

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    Mar 16, 2010, 11.06 AMby Anna Aasbjerg

    Love the jeans. Love the outfit. You made the top too? :-)

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    Mar 16, 2010, 08.02 AMby nettevivante

    i love them and the whole outfit! they look wonderful on you. great job!

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    Mar 16, 2010, 06.51 AMby zumurruda

    Very beautiful!

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    Mar 16, 2010, 03.14 AMby mlssfshn

    Beautiful, great idea to add boning.

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    Mar 16, 2010, 01.16 AMby Natalia *

    These denim trousers look fantastic on you. Im just curious to know how comfortable they are to sit in?

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      Mar 16, 2010, 02.49 AMby stitchywitchy

      They’re pretty comfortable to sit in – the crotch is a bit low, so when you sit the waist scoots up a tiny bit, so the waist isn’t digging into you or anything. The boning is pretty comfortable too – there’s one spot I need to go back and cover the end of, but it bends with you pretty well.

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    Mar 15, 2010, 11.14 PMby Vivat Veritas

    i love these jeans!! they look so great on you!

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    Mar 15, 2010, 11.12 PMby luta-sungwinyela

    I <3 This would you consider selling a pair?

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    Mar 15, 2010, 09.18 PMby sigrid

    These are beautiful—as is your styling and photography.

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    Mar 15, 2010, 08.31 PMby reneebies

    PS you are so hot! love the hair! jealous

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    Mar 15, 2010, 08.23 PMby reneebies

    oh my god i love these… I’m glad you recommend them because I am totally going to do it!!

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    Mar 15, 2010, 08.17 PMby carottesauvage

    They are incredible! Makes such a sophisticated silhouette!

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    Mar 15, 2010, 10.33 AMby amy-lee-1

    I love these! Perfect balance between the high waist and the wide leg. Great!!!

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    Mar 15, 2010, 09.25 AMby niña blanca

    WOW…this looks go good!!!! The pants are great…the blouse to! Perfect combination!

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    Mar 15, 2010, 07.28 AMby carolyn-s

    Beautiful trousers and very Katharine Hepburn. The colours in your photos look fantastic, the outfit looks sensational with your hair colour

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    Mar 15, 2010, 03.42 AMby littlewren

    These are really awesome! I think the high waisted pants can sometimes be one of those things that everyone wants to try but they only flatter a very seldom few… these are wonderfully flattering on you (and you have a great shape) but I agree these look like they’d be really flattering on a variety of body types. Great pockets, great styling in the photos. These are GREAT! well done!

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    Mar 15, 2010, 12.04 AMby lizajane09

    These are incredible. I have been wanting to try and make a high waist pair of jeans but haven’t found a pattern that looks as flattering as these. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Mar 15, 2010, 02.27 AMby stitchywitchy

      You should make them – they were so easy and fun to make!

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    Mar 14, 2010, 10.39 PMby joboenvogue

    How did I not know this pattern existed?! Your rendition is so, SO unbelieveably chic that my eyes are bulging out of my head. There aren’t many good high waisted pant patterns on the market… and you just proved there is a diamond in the rough! Brava!

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    Mar 14, 2010, 09.39 PMby wackyblonde

    These are very nice and look so versatile, dress up or down. Great idea on the waistline boning.

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