Friday, June 6, 2014

The Perfect Jean

I have been trying to get myself focused on making my own clothing since I joined the NO RTW. I have stayed true to the challenge, but I have not been sewing either.

I have made the attempt at fitting pants----Using McCall's pattern M5142 from 2006, Palmer/Pletsch,The Perfect Jean.  The pattern gives several options for fitting much like you find in the current ready wear environment.  Classic fit, Skinny fit, Curvy fit; sits @ waist, or slighty below waist.

I cut the size 10, curvy fit.  I have a waist line that usually is very hard to fit in RTW.  Using 2 old shirts that my son-in-law had discarded as my sample fabric, the adventure began.

The pattern identifies adjustment areas and also 1" seam allowances.  Luckily very little adjustment was needed. 
 I had to use the yokes from the shirt piecing the leg for a length that I would use.  You can also see a shading near the inner leg, that was the starched crease on the pleat  in the back of the shirt.

I used the shirt pockets for the hip pockets.  There is a little puckering @ the top of the hip in the yoke area.  I really think that due to the way that I had to cut pieces from the shirt to get this completed, that there was too much bias and the stretch occurred. 
My seams followed the recommended 1" except for a small area just @ the top of hip on side seams.  Approximately 3" below waist for about 4".  I let the seam out 1/4" to try and reduce the pull along the opening of the front pocket.

Overall I think I got a good fit. I will be wearing these around the house and my next pair will be a capri in stretch white denim.

1 comment:

  1. I would never guess these are handmade, way to go!