My second pair of Ginger Jeans! After making my last pair I knew I wanted to give it another go with the high waist version. I’m just loving how these turned out!
The Pattern is of course the infamous Closet Case Patterns Ginger Jeans. Having made these before, I was already aware of some adjustments I’d need to make.
For this pair, I cut a straight size 4 instead of grading to a 6 at the hip like I did with the last one. I also made a sway back adjustment in addition to taking a small wedge out of the center back seam. I tried to do a crotch adjustment but I think it was unsuccessful as I was still having a lot of space and wrinkling in that area. I made another adjustment to the jeans after I had sewed them up by taking the tiniest amount out of the front seam. It was a little better. But I think after some research my next pair will need the flat pubis adjustment Heather explains in her jeans fitting post.
I’m actually thinking for my next jeans make I will try the Megan Nielsen Ash Jeans. Mostly for a change of pace since I haven’t been 100% happy with the fit of either of my Gingers.
This wonderfully soft but sturdy stretch cotton twill was a super lucky find at an estate sale of a woman who used to work in the fashion industry. I got a whole bolt of it! I love the pale blue color and the slight washed look is very retro and perfect for summer.
For the pocketing I used a vintage quilting cotton I had in my stash. I love the bright pops of yellow floral on the inside of the jeans. I made a #sewingrebel move and didn’t prewash either of these fabrics. Which came back to bite me in the but as the waistband facing in the quilting cotton shrunk WAY more than the twill and I had to go back and add a wedge at center back in the facing just to be able to wear them comfortably.
The waistband facing is finished with matching bias tape from my stash and the big bold yellow & gold button is from my stash as well! Lots of wins for #theyearofslowsewing on this one!
On my last Gingers I did some fun Harry Potter machine embroidery on the pockets. For these I did a little tribute to my mom, who loved sunflowers and would always sing us songs about sunshine in the morning to wake us up for school.
I wanted to do something a little more detailed, so I went with hand embroidery. I did a sunflower on one pocket and a sunshine on the other. I love that they are different but complimentary.
See it in action:
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Pattern: Closet Case Ginger Jeans
Fabric: Stretch twill from stash
Notions: Button, zip, and embroidery thread from stash
Adjustments: Sway back adjustment, crotch adjustment, took in center back
Finishes: Serged seams
Time: 3-4 hours not including hand embroidery time
Sew it again? I think I will try the Ash Jeans next
Whats your jeans making story?
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