I finally tried making some jeans! The easy kind, that is. The Jalie Eleanor pull on jean. These were really easy to make, thanks to the video tutorial on the Jalie website. I sewed a size R based on my hip size, and did no alterations to the fit besides shaving off one inch at the side seam between the knee and ankle to make the leg slimmer. They fit pretty well for being straight out of the envelope! As you can see they have an elastic waistband instead of a regular zip fly. While the elastic is super comfy, I’m a little concerned they give me a little bit of a muffin top since anything low waisted does that to me, and these came out a little low. I’ll have to raise the rise up next time I sew these.
I used my tripod and camera’s self timer for the first time today. It took awhile to figure out how to get the photos in focus. I ended up rolling my dress form onto the spot where I should stand and focusing on that. Then I ran to the spot and pushed the dress form out of the way! I’ll get better at this. My family is so over taking my pictures!The denim I used had great recovery. I had already worn the jeans all day when I took these photos, and they had hardly stretched out of shape. Another lucky find in the LA garment district. I do have a few wrinkles in the legs and I’m not sure how I would get rid of them next time. Maybe I’ll pinch out about an inch at the thigh above the knees. They also seem a little short in the rise compared to other bloggers who’ve made them.One of my favorite sewing bloggers, Dawn from Two On Two Off made so many cute versions of these I had to give them a try. I really want to make a pair for Gigi too, since she hates binding waistbands. That’s something I love about Jalie. The one pattern can be made in almost all sizes. Also, the business is run by a mother and daughter team who seem really nice. They know how to draft a pattern, that’s for sure! The pockets and fly are both fake, but they look pretty convincing. Another reason these are a great first project for those interested in making jeans for the first time. I loved this pattern! And you know that doesn’t happen very often!