Or are we calling it refashioning? Here’s the result of the jeans I was tinkering with the other day, you remember that pale pink pair with a lil’ bit of stretch.
Well, * blows own trumpet *, I’m super pleased with how they turned out.
I used the basic pattern from the Nowhere Man Pants, and even though it’s only a couple of weeks since my last attempt, it’s such an improvement (the topstitching is so much neater, but I guess also less noticeable as I didn’t use a contrasting thread). There’s just a slight alteration to the inside leg, they’re just a little bit narrower than normal, but still have that nice relaxed fit.
To make them look like I ‘proper’ pair of jeans, I added some details from the original pair. I re-purposed the back pockets, made them a little bit smaller, and stitched them to the back, easier than cutting out new ones. The back’s elasticated, and I went for the back yoke option, which helped to give them the look of real jeans. Plus, the seam matching on the crotch is AWESOME, and yeah, I do say so myself.
I also used the little leather tab from the waistband on the pocket, and used the original waistband and belt loops, which saved a bit of work on the waistband. It’s actually sewn shut because it doesn’t lead to anything.
Yeah it’s a bit wonky around the button, but I don’t care, the needle had to go through about 9 layers of fabric at that point, and it barely fit under the presser foot.
I tried to get some pictures of her wearing them this morning before nursery (it was super early and still dark out), and she was just not loving it, so I had to pull out both my distraction/stay still tactics (tv and ipad), but even that didn’t really work.
Still you can see her here with her matching polka dot Little Zippy which uses the zip from the original jeans. Her new jeans sit low – the flat front sits just on her hips above her nappy, and the back is roomier and goes up higher. I have trouble with the fit because of her belly, so wears her trousers low like maternity pants.
I’m kinda digging this whole winter pastel thing, it’s good with black too, no? I love the topstitching, it gives it more of a grown-up feel and it’s a nice finish that’s fairly easily achieved. This time I actually took my own advice and matched the two lines up against each other instead of the edge of the fabric – much straighter and neater!
I honestly do not get how these mummy bloggers get their kids to pose, I can only ever get her to stand still if she’s watching the tv, which mean in most pictures she looks like a Dark Crystal Podling (No jokes, that traumatised me).
I tried to change her out of them after but she demanded the “pink ones mummy waaaah”, and it was game over shortly after when she said “my turn” and tried to get her sticky hands on my DSLR. There are many things I’ve sacrificed to keep her entertained (hey iPhone, meet Fruit Shoot), but my camera is not one of them.
But you can see why I am so proud of these, right?