Like potato chips, but without the icky feeling in the pit of your stomach after consumption

Readers, I’m really enjoying making jeans.  I keep going through past Burdas and finding more and more possibilities and details that I like that you can’t find except in RTW that most likely fit horribly.  Like these (Burdastyle 7-2010-104):

There’s zippers in the side seams.  So fun, right?

Or more of a trouser with these curved seams in front and back (12-2009-115).  How great would they be on a flat backside?

This next pair is no exception.  When I first got this issue, I thought this pattern would lend itself really well to denim though it suggests stretch wool.  Specifically, I realized its potential as a replacement for my beloved Banana Republic skinny(ish) jeans that I scored for $6 that have been up to this point my real skinny jeans.  Since my workouts of late have yielded me stronger and 15+ pounds lighter than I’ve ever been, the BR jeans have been falling off of me.  The knee that I blew out in them has also passed the point of being a fashionable tear.

As for this pattern, I really like the tabs that double as belt carriers and the wide belt carrier in the back.  

There are back darts and a welt pocket in back which is not typical denim styling, but they didn’t pose too much of a problem (And the welt while not perfect is not half bad).  I added rivets and purple topstitching to make them more denim like, and this was the first time I didn’t use self-fabric in the waistband in the way of some really pretty vintage cotton I had.

Who knew it’d be so much cuter AND more comfortable than bulky denim on the inside?

The fit is getting there.

 I muslined with non-stretch fabric, so I ended up taking the annoying but necessary step of taking in the inseams and the side seams.  I possibly could still use a flat seat wedge taken out.  These feel like pajamas, and because of the skinny cut they keep me warm which I so need right now.  Next up are the famous Jalie 2908 jeans for PR’s jeans contest which I’m seriously considering tricking out with some fun details.

The top is the same modified Jalie scarf collar that I used here in stretch lace lined in the front and back with some nylon tricot.

My jeans review is here.


13 thoughts on “Like potato chips, but without the icky feeling in the pit of your stomach after consumption

  1. What a great project. Top and jeans both look great on you. Thank you for sharing your journey. I love the cotton inside jeans band. Good luck on the Jalie2908. I love the color of the lace too,

  2. Looking good! And very inspirational, since I’m determined that this is the year that I will have success in finally making a pair of jeans myself. After all, THAT is what I live in, unlike so many sewing bloggers who love their dresses! I like all of the little details you put in. And I agree that the side zippers look really fun on that one pattern!

  3. Are you making PAJAMajeans over there?? HA!! Yours are MUCH more fashionable and don’t look like PJs at ALL!! Actually they are pretty AMAZING! I like the trouser looking ones…make some of those so I can ooooh and aaaah!! 🙂

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