Friday, July 20, 2007

Slouchy jeans

I'm having an awfully busy time at work and the heat wave (50 Celsius, 122F yesterday) is making me tired, irritable, unfocused and letargic :) Still, sewing relaxes me so much that I've tried sewing in small portions (like 1h30' every night) so I can still get something done. Those small portions are however difficult, because once I'm started, I get so involved in what I'm doing that I don't want to stop.

Made from the denim that came from TimmelFabrics, using Hot Patterns Artful Dodger Slouchy Man Pants.

I'm not sure I like them very much on me, but it's probably my fault too, I should try them on with a t-shirt and a belt and I might like them, but I was really very tired last night, plus I wanted you to see the waistband.

PR review copied here:

Pattern Description:
Slouchy-fit pants sit on the hips and have a classic waistband, with belt loops, front fly, and angled pockets. Pants feature front and back leg creases and turn-ups.

Pattern Sizing:
Slinky Girl 6-14. I made size 6.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, with the modifications I made. See pants flat front and back. See back of the pants with me wearing them.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn't follow the instructions, especially since I prefer to use Sandra Betzina's technique for a fly-front zipper - see a video of this technique, if you want, here.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the classic shape of the pants, the wider leg (quite tendy right now), the turn-ups. The rise is a bit low however.

Fabric Used:
Stretch thin denim.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
First of all, I've raised the waist by 1.5 cm, the pants previously made from this pattern being a little low. I've also lowered the crotch for about 1 cm, change made at the last part of the crotch (the curved one that joins the inseam).

Using my Denim Diva Pipe Jeans pattern, I made rounded jean pockets in the front, the yoke in the back and one jean pocket in the back (thought that one pocket might be funkier than two). See a detail iof the front pockets, fly and wastband here.
See here a detail of the back yoke and pocket.

Obviously, there is no crease. Also, no turn-ups, just a wide hem (5.5 cm), with double topstitching (I haven't used a twin needle, but a normal one and sewed two rows of topstitching). See the hem here

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will definitely sew it again. As you can see, this is a very versatile pattern that one can easily change. The first version of this pattern is a black wool office pant that I like and wear a lot. Now, this second version is more casual, in denim and with a slouchy relaxed look. I'm already thinking of making another wool pair and possibly some in linen too. I think the wide leg would drape quite nicely in linen.


Tany said...

I like your new pants, I think you look great in them!

Summerset said...

Those are great jeans. Yes, you might like them more with the right accessories. I'll have to keep that pattern in mind when looking for fall/winter pants patterns.

Mirela said...

Waw, great jeans!

What is going on with the weather in Romania? It is hotter then in Florida, this is very wrong!
I hope you the heat wave goes away soon and everything gets back to normal.

Glad you can keep sewing such beautiful things, despite the weather.

Vicki said...

I think they look great on you!

I can't imagine 50 degrees. In Melbourne it can get to 45 with a very hot wind - like being in an oven.

Isabelle said...

50 degrees! How are you surviving? Your jeans look great, both comfy and flattering. I was thinking of purchasing a HP pants pattern and you are helping me with my decision ;)

Laura said...

Yes, the weather is completely wrong. It's 50 degrees in the sun and the air is so hot that you feel you cannot breathe it. And very humid, this is what makes it worse.
Yes, Mirela, it's never been like that, they say it's the hottest period in the last 100 years and the climate changed so much that the plains where Bucharest is situated will become a desert in about a century.
So we survive by staying inside no matter what between 10 and 18, drinking about 4 litres of water a day and eating lots of fruits and vegetables - at 50 degrees you don't have much of an appetite anyway.
Last week at work everybody wore shorts and tube tops - not very office-like, but it's impossible otherwise.