I have a confession. I’m really into pastel jeans. I don’t care that they remind me of this or that they really aren’t winter appropriate, when I see a pair of Zara jeans for £1 in the charity shop, I’m going to buy them,
Alas, they’re actually a little bit too big, and cos they’re stretchy they fall down my arse, and I’ve got far too many pairs that do that already, so I sacrificed them for a couple of low-key makes, so I can feel super-smug about how creative I am (always a bonus).
So, my first in what will be a long line of Little Zippy tops by Kate – aka the ultimate stash-buster as it’s just so quick and easy, using very little fabric and a lil’ bit of facing. (Although, next time I’m going to add the facing before I sew it all together)
It’s not inserted that neatly at the top, and it’s a little wonky, but I stitched this at like 8:30pm after a really long day, and this is as neat as it was going to get. It’s also been worn in these photos, so I rubbed it down with a wet-wipe, which is my usual method of getting things clean (all hail the wet-wipe shower).
I’m going to line the pockets in that blue pinstripe, I think it works okay with the salmony-pink colour, (not that you’ll see it), and for the stitching I’m either going to go contrast (lime green), or close to the original colour (cream?), as buying some cotton a this point would mean spending more than the original jeans and therefore a FAIL.
I was hoping to save the side seams but the pattern didn’t quite fit on, it’s a wide-legged trouser and you’ve got to accommodate that round nappy booty, seen here the last time I attempted this.
Maybe I can work out a way of transferring the original pocket (it’s not much bigger than the original), but the stud is kinda messing that plan up – maybe I’ll just cut round it.
So, to lay out the pattern I unpicked the inside leg seam, ripped open the overlocking and laid them out flat, with both legs matched up. Pinned them together, then pinned and cut the pieces so that they came from the same place on the leg, which is important when there’s a bit of a fade pattern like there are on these jeans (lighter around the knee). You can also see the difference between a front and back leg piece when they’re laid flat like this, the back leg is a lot wider and comes up higher at the back.
You kind of assume that on an adults pair of jeans the seams are in the middle of the leg, but in reality they sit a little further forward, and the shaping of the leg is predominantly done down the inside seam, so if you unpick this one there’as a better chance that your fabric will lie flat. We’ll see how these progress this week.
I’ve also invested in a bunch of metal zips from eBay, so I don’t have to worry about ragging another zip out of a piece of clothing, and feeling guilty about not using the remains. Adult versions are in the works…