Ok, I give up, I can't go a whole month without a pair of jeans. Does this mean I'm giving up on MMM12? Not at all. I just need to make some jeans - like now. I have two possible fabrics in my stash. One is a classic blue denim and the other a white denim-weight cotton with blue and green flowers. Much as though I love the blue and green flowers:
There are several compelling reasons to use the denim
1. I need something casual and the print wouldn't be truly casual jeans
2. I really like the print and have never made jeans before so I'd rather perfect jeans before I cut into the print.
3. The print will make a very summery pair of jeans and it's definitely winter here now - I'm even using the electric blanket.
4. Jeans pocket seems like an ideal opportunity to play with the embroidery machine again, and the blue denim lends itself to that more than a print.
I've not bought many patterns lately, especially since I started the pattern drafting course at the local high school, but I decided that I needed a lot of guidance with this. I've had quite a bit of success with McCalls, so I bought McCall's 5894 which was described as "The Perfect Jean". It's higher waisted than most of my jeans, but was described as below the waist.
Of course, I couldn't resist a little bit of embellishment on the pockets:
The pattern has very large seam allowances to allow for fitting adjustments, but I still found it hard to get a good fit. I'm not incredibly happy with the fit, but I only pre-washed the denim once so I'll let them go through the wash a couple of times before I pull them apart and tweak the fitting.
I didn't do flat-felled seams, but I did double rows of top stitching on the outside leg as well as round the pockets.
I studied several pairs of RTW and it seems that most of the women's jeans I examined had the fancy topstitching down the outside leg, while the men's ones I found were topstitched on the inside leg seem.
Overall I liked the pattern, it went together easily and was true to RTW. I will use it again, but in future I will put the topstitching on the inside leg then adjust the fit on the outside leg. I will also make them a little tighter.
I now have the jeans and T shirt option available without giving up on MMM12 - this was my Monday outfit.