Thursday, 26 June 2014

Gertie's Jeans

My first pair of pants - woohoo! The pattern is Butterick 5895 - Gertie's capri pants and cropped shirt for Butterick. As it's winter here in the Southern Hemisphere I decided to lengthen them and turn them into jeans. The fit's not perfect but I'm pretty happy with them for my first attempt.


I had a bit of trouble with the sizing. First I made a size 8 toile which was ridiculously small so I then made a 12 which fitted perfectly. I didn't account for the stretch in the denim though, so when I came to making the actual pants so they were really loose and I ended up taking them in quite a lot. In the end I probably should have made a 10.


The legs also required taking in a lot - they are certainly not designed the way that's shown on the pattern photo.


I shortened them above the crotch by 2cm but there is still quite a bit of baginess there which is the only thing I'm not really happy with.  Next time I'll try taking out a bit more - though that may affect the butt which actually fits really well.


I had been quite nervous about sewing pants but the construction was pretty straight forward and it came together easily. Looking forward to making my next pair!



7 comments:

  1. The pants look great! And I love that you shared your trial and error bit. I think the HARDEST part of sewing is the fit and I really have trouble with pants -- all the way around. Cannot believe the fit you achieved by whittling down the 12 to a custom size 10! Beautiful job.

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  2. Wowsers, they look perfect! I love the fit and the style on you; well done!

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  3. Thanks Julia! I'm pretty pleased for a first attempt at pants :) Now I want to make more!

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  5. Sure, no problem. I like your Facebook page and always happy to share the love of sewing. Thank you.

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