Hi All. It's been a little while but I've been completing my doctoral thesis and when I needed a break, the last thing that I wanted to do was to stay at my computer writing more words. Also, trust me, none of you wanted to see pictures of me during this period! However, I was doing a fair amount of sewing in my breaks, so have a bit of a backlog of stuff to show you.
First up are the Mia jeans from the Sew Over It capsule wardrobe ebook. I bought this as soon as it was released and any of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen that I made the Alex shirt, but found it way too oversized, although I like the concept so I may make another one in a smaller size. I've just spotted that the petite passions has had the same issues with this shirt and they have been resolved by making a smaller size so I think my plan is made. However, one of the main reasons that I bought the ebook was because I wanted a fairly easy intro to making jeans.
The pattern really didn't disappoint. While most of the instructions are really clear, Lisa's video for the fly front really aids with this step, although I still didn't get it spot on. These came together really quickly and easily and I couldn't recommend the pattern enough. I'm made up with having made my own jeans. I'm particularly happy since I went shopping this weekend and when trying on trousers had my regular issues with them not even remotely fitting me. It was so nice to put my properly fitting jeans back on again afterwards.
The denim that I used was this one from Sew Crafty and it was perfect for the job. In fact since this version is perfectly wearable but far from perfect, I'm going to order some more to make a better version. They have it in jade and pink too which are tempting, maybe I need jeans in all the colours! I love the red topstitching on this version and I think I'll repeat on a future version. The topstitching was no where near as difficult as I thought it would be but it's not totally straight everywhere and I had this irritating mismatch where all the legs seams meet.
I made a size 14, grading to a 12 at the waist and essentially it fit me perfectly with very few adjustments. I had to let it out slightly at the calves (clearly my running and heel wearing has built up some hefty calf muscles) but the generous seam allowances make this really easy to do. I should have lengthened these jeans as they've come up too short, while they're fine worn with boots, I'm going to get chilly ankles if I wear them with shoes and I have very strong feelings that no part of me should ever be chilly. I'm trying to decide if they are just a smidge too high waisted and there's some excess fabric which I think would be removed if I cut out cm or 2 from the length between crotch and waist. Feel free to chip in with your thoughts. I'm going to wear them a bit more to decide before the next version.