Pattern: Closet Case File's Ginger Jeans
Fabric: 1 1/2 yd stretch cotton lycra sateen
Well, I wanted to take better pictures, I really did. It has been fun to try to work on photography more for the past year, and Mr. Made is practicing his skills with a still camera, too. But sometimes you haven't posted the last five things you've made, it's dark every night when you get home, and you're getting your wisdom teeth out on Saturday and may have chipmunk cheeks for the foreseeable future. So I snapped some iPhone pics before happy hour last night and we'll call this one a done deed. Sorry if some of the detail is lost, as it really is helpful when you're trying to fit pants!
The pants above are my second iteration of the Ginger Jeans, which mark another step forward in my quest for pants fitting. To make these, I curved both the yoke and the waistband by an additional 4 inches total to fit the shape of my bum. It may not look like I have a big booty, but there is a mean curve between the bottom of the yoke up to the top of my waistband. I held my breath as I sewed the back together and tried on the pants. It really did look a bit weird! But when I put them on the fit was much improved! It's a no wonder the original pattern didn't quite fit with my monumental back side.
There are still some horizontal lines through the back of the pants, but the under-the-butt and behind-the-knee ones actually allow me to sit down, so those are staying. I could probably still do with taking some length out of the back for these though using this technique. I guess it's time to come to terms with the fact that I have swayback...
The fronts are looking great, except for the fact that I sewed the button a little off center. The only additional tweaks I would make would be to take the sides in about 1/2" at each side, and fix the twisting center leg seam, which you can see at my ankle. That part is my fault, as I didn't follow Heather's lines exactly when I made View A a skinny jean. I also purposely left these pants a bit long as I have noticed my jeans tend to shrink in the wash, but I may shorten them if they don't. For my next pair, I'm also interested in making them about an 1" higher, so I may switch to View B and tinker with that.