Friday, October 01, 2010

Jalie 2908 - stretch jeans

When I saw Dawn's Jalie jeans on her blog, I was inspired to buy this pattern. She churned out some awesome jeans and it made me believe that I could too.

Being the lazy sewist that I am, the pattern sat there for awhile. I only trace patterns when I am in the mood, and it is not often. Meanwhile, Liz created some jeans from Ottobre which seemed to enthuse my mood for creating my own jeans once again.

I found some denim in my stash which seemed to have some stretch that I thought would work for a test pair. I read all the reviews and tips that I could find (mostly on Patternreview, a site I haven't really looked at in years).

Anyway, here they are.
Based on my measurements, I went with a size U. However, my denim is not a stretchy as the 20% recommended, so I used 6mm seams at the side seams instead of the 1cm allowed for by Jalie. I had read that the pattern can be a little tight in the thighs, and with my saddlebags, I am wondering if I need to add extra when I use this pattern next.

My sewing machine was happy topstitching with upholstry thread in the top and regular in the bobbin (apart from the buttonhole). I used Gutermann 887, which is golden brown.

I used a regular zipper, not the metal jeans ones. I could have bought a shorter one - the 8 inch was plenty big. I couldn't find any jeans needles, but my universal size 14s worked fine.

Love the back view. I have to wiggle to get them on, but they are comfy when all zipped and buttoned up.

I used the low rise version which was a good length for me (but then again, I am short waisted and have a long mid section).
I will be making these again, in denim as well as stretch cord.


  1. Marie, your jeans look great on!

  2. Awesome. They look great!

  3. These are absolutely fantastic Marie! They look like they fit wonderfully too. I think the low rise option is something I need to consider lol after my high pants version! :D

  4. Wow, I'm impressed! They look fabulous on you. And even if you made them with a stretchier fabric, I don't think you would need to add any extra fabric anywhere.

  5. I think these look fabulous. I really like the type of denim you chose and the fit is superb. I have this pattern too and have been lazy about the tracing, but you've inspired me. Seems to be a great pattern!

  6. What a wonderful job you have done. I think you made it a good fit. Not sure I would be brave enough to try jeans.

  7. I'm not a "jeans person" but they look great on you. I really like the colour and style of your top too.
    BTW, I saw some of your marbling on Sara's blog recently, it looked really fabulous, I'm keen to give it a go. Do you use oil or shaving cream?

  8. Ignore my last question, I've just been going through your old posts. I was actually looking at the indigo onion website the other day, it looks great.


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