Skinny Jeans

Pattern: Burda Style 7447 Misses Pants 
Fabric: 1 1/2 yd stretch denim
Cost: $20

Well, I've finally gone and made myself a proper pair of skinny jeans. Tight through the ankle, slightly scrunchy, and my most-worn silhouette. 

The fun part of making jeans is trying to replicate all those "jeansy" details. Thick topstitching, patch pockets, and sturdy seam finishes. I've really been enjoying studying my RTW, and want to eventually figure out a way to share some of the things I've been learning. It's the stuff they don't teach you in the pattern instructions!

So, how did I get on with the fit? I would say better, but still needs some tweaking. I took some of your helpful comments and ended up following this tutorial on fixing forward-tilted hips (swayfront) to remove some of the excess wrinkles. I still need to lower the crotch seam, and possibly re-shape the curve to match my Clovers, which seem to work great there. 

I wish I could say that this pattern fit great this second time around, but I ended up having to take 3 inches out of the center back, which required major surgery as I had already attached the waistband. That's the peril when everything you make is really just a wearable muslin, but I'll take it.

The skinny part, however, was fairly easy - I basted them together, then tried them on and pinched out the excess in the leg. I think this works well for jeans that have a slightly scrunched look, but I would need to do a bit more work for a cigarette pant. 

 Overall, I would call these a major success, as they fit much better than my current RTW pair, seem quite sturdy, and have already been worn half a dozen times since I've made them. On to the next pair!


  1. Looks great! Good luck with the modifications, how awesome it will be to have a well-fitting basic pattern like this ready to go at any moment!

  2. Good job! It can be very tricky fitting something with stretch (as I recently found out making some ankle pants out of cotton stretch sateen). I think you pulled it off though!

  3. woo! congrats! now tell me about that pretty blouse. :)

    1. Wish I could say I made it... found it for $2 at knimble on grand, originally from Old Navy haha

  4. blogs about sewing jean (and other garments) and his versions look amazing, especially in regards to his finishing. He also has a small supply shop online. I am yet to venture into jeans but he is my inspiration!

  5. Super cute jeans, Meg! I look forward to seeing you later today!

  6. So adorable and flattering, you have done a great job! Can't wait to get into jeans making myself!


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