And we’re DONE. This has definitely been an exercise in patience both because of all of the topstitching and waiting the five weeks to follow along with the sew along videos. Let me just say, it was well worth the wait and I can see myself making MANY pairs of jeans because the way these pants feel is AMAZING!!
Pattern Description: Misses knit jacket and stretch jeans.
Pattern Sizing: 6-22
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? They did indeed.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I actually didn’t use the instructions included with pattern. I followed along with the 5-week sew along videos found Mimi G for Simplicity 8222 Skinny Jeans Part V Here. I made this during the actual sew along so a new video was available each week but now they are all available at once so you won’t have to wait 5 weeks to finish.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I’ve never made jeans before so I loved the new challenge. I love the idea of customizing the fit of my jeans which honestly I’m still working on. But this pattern went together surprisingly quickly and easily. I like that the pattern comes with slim, average and curvy back pieces which allows you to further customize the jeans right from the start rather than having to make those adjustment through multiple muslins. I didn’t dislike this because it’s just part of it but I will mention that top stitching IS NOT for the faint of heart but it is necessary if you want to achieve a RTW look.
Fabric Used: I used a 2% stretch denim from Fabric.com
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made no alterations or design changes with this pair as I considered this my wearable muslin and I wanted to see how the pants work up straight out of the envelope. On my next pair, I will start with one size smaller and then i’ll grade down from there at the knee because I want the pants to be more fitted on my calf. I will also shorten the pants to get them to land just below the ankle. I like my jeans without breaks as I think they look neater. I will actually shorten and re-hem these after I wash them again but since I only washed the denim once before making the jeans, I want to make sure they don’t shrink anymore before I shorten them. I would consider these pants to be mid-rise and the back waistband hits me just at my lower waist. I’m thinking about adding about 1/2″-1″ to the yoke on my next pair but I’m not sure.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am most definitely going to be sewing many more of these and while I won’t go so far as to say I won’t buy RTW jeans anymore, I can definitely say the fit of these jeans are going to make it really difficult to settle for just any old jeans anymore.
Conclusion: If you have any interest in sewing jeans please sew these you will not be disappointed. Who am I kidding even if you’ve never thought about sewing jeans before you should give these a try.