Morgan Jeans

Lately I have been making jeans.

When I first set eyes on the new Closet Case Files pattern, Morgan Jeans, I was overjoyed. I had actually been on the lookout for some boyfriend style jeans, so the timing was excellent, I bought it straight away. The pattern is so well drafted, Heather seems to have a real knack for designing patterns that flatter women’s figures. I also love that she caters for sewers who want to attempt more challenging projects. I am always keen to try sewing new types of garments and to learn new skills, but sometimes jumping into a new area of sewing, such as making your own jeans, can seem a bit daunting. Heather’s patterns give you the confidence to stretch the boundaries of your sewing skills. Making Jeans was a really interesting process and I definitely learnt a lot.

I ordered denim needles, topstitching thread, rivets and buttons from Jaycotts and my denim was purchased from Merchant and Mills online shop.

I didn’t make a toile, which is rare for me as I love a good toile, I just lengthened the pattern pieces by 5cm to account for my height and basted the seams together before stitching and checking the fit as I went. I was happy with the fit of the end product, but next time I might try lengthening the crotch depth slightly.

I found the construction straight forward with the help of the instructions, although I have managed to sew my coin pocket on the wrong side…oops. I decided to just go with it as I’d already top stitched it down, so please excuse that faux pas.

Speaking of topstitching, that was probably the thing that I found the most challenging about making jeans, and oddly the most satisfying once I’d got the hang of it. My machine struggled a bit over the bulky seams even after I flattened them down with a mallet. I found it took a bit of practice to achieve neat topstitching, so I recommend practicing on scraps before you attempt it on your garment. I don’t have an edge stitch foot for my machine so I used my hem foot which when lined up against the edge of the fabric acted as a guide and helped me to achieve neat even stitching close to the edge. For the second row of topstitching I drew a line of chalk to act as a guide to sew along and this worked well for me.

Some progress shots….

Making Jeans Topstitching

Making Jeans

Making Jeans buttons

I chose some lovely soft cotton from India from my fabric stash to use for the pocket bags. I love that you can personalise your jeans in this way, it makes them feel even more unique. The pattern suggests you can try out your own topstitch design on the back pockets, but I kept things simple for my first pair. I did, however, change my topstitching thread colour from light grey to black for the waistband and hem, I was worried it might look a bit odd, but I quite like the effect.

I’ve been wearing my Morgan jeans rolled up. I love the look of these jeans, the relaxed style is so laid back and cool, and they are so versatile as they can be dressed up or down.I’ve always been a skinny jeans kind of girl, but I am totally embracing this new looser jean trend.

What do you think?

Morgan Jeans frontMorgan Jeans front

Morgan Jeans side

Morgan Jeans back closeMorgan Jeans Yoga Pose

Flowery Breeks (Trousers)

Hi!

This was a quick project which I have really enjoyed making. I thought it would be fun to make something a bit outside my comfort zone and different from my usual style.

I had high hopes for these flowery Ultimate Trousers (Pattern by Sew Over It) and they didn’t disappoint.

I decided to adapt these to a high waisted version using this tutorial. I found Lisa Comfort’s instructions really detailed and simple to follow. Just a side note – I have been really enjoying the Sew Over It Youtube videos lately, if you haven’t already checked them out have a look.

I followed Lisa’s advice and made a toile of the original pattern to check the fit before I made the high waist adjustment.

My fit modifications of the original trousers were minor, I just added 5cm to the length of the hem to account for my height. I then followed the instructions in the tutorial (mentioned above) to raise the waistline to my natural waist and drew a pattern piece for the waistband.

The fabric I chose was from Sew Over It’s online store. I really love their fabrics, I buy from them a lot and am yet to be disappointed. I wish I’d bought more of this material as I think it would make a lovely shirt dress.

I am really happy with these trousers. It’s a style I have always loved, but I have never found suitable ready to wear versions. They were always far too short for me in the leg and the body, but drafting the high waist from your own measurements means you get the perfect length for your torso, which is far more flattering and comfortable.

Flowery Ultimate Trousers

 

Flowery Ultimate Trousers

Flowery Ultimate Trousers

Flowery Ultimate Trousers

We took these photos early this morning, so now I am off for a day of relaxing. My plan is to make homemade pizza, go for a walk and do some more knitting. I’ve recently started knitting my first handmade garment and I am really enjoying the process. I’m planning to make a very chunky cardigan. I bought some beautiful wool from Jamieson’s called Mirrie Dancers (Shetland term for the Northern Lights), it’s a dark navy colour with flecks of various other colours which are only visible in the light. It will be interesting to see how it goes as I have no idea what I am doing, but I find knitting really relaxing.

Teal Hudson Pants

First post of 2016 and this make may be one of my all time favourites…

I bought the pattern, Hudson Pant by True Bias, a while ago with the intention of sewing myself a few pairs of comfy house trousers.

Sadly, my sewing machine  had been playing up when sewing with knit fabric, skipping stitches etc, and so it took me a while to get round to sewing these up.

I am so glad I did, as I LOVE this pattern. The shape is so flattering, which is hard to achieve with jogging bottoms. I previously owned some RTW ones of a similar style and they were so saggy around the bottom, they made me look like I was wearing old man style PJs…. which wasn’t a great look.

These on the other hand, make me feel awesome and have been immediately upgraded from “house trousers” to day wear!

The fabric I used was a beautifully soft teal ponte from Sew Over It. I was planning a black pair, but I am glad I was a bit more adventurous with the colour as I love them.

Construction wise, I cut out the size that best fit my hip measurement, it was too big in the waist, but that isn’t a problem as when you  insert the elastic into the waistband you can adjust the waist size as you need. I am 5’11” so I added 3 inches to the length of the trousers, as they were drafted for a person of average height.

I followed the instructions and used my overlocker for most of the seams, I think I used my standard sewing machine for attaching the pockets and the ankle bands, but the rest was on the overlocker.

When it came to the waistband I went a bit rogue and decided against sewing the channels for a drawstring. I wanted this first pair to be versatile and wasn’t really going for a “sporty” look. I was worried they would fall down without the drawstring, but I pulled the elastic quite tight, to avoid this. The other problem with missing out the drawstring is that the elastic is prone to twist and fold inside the waistband channel, so I did hand stitch it to the inner side of the waistband to prevent this. The stitches are practically invisible as I got such a good thread colour match, but I am not sure how it will hold up, so I may still zig zag around the waistband as advised later.

This pattern will no doubt be getting a lot more use as I’ve already had requests from family members for pairs and my boyfriend is keen for me to buy the men’s version of the pattern so he can have a pair too. So clearly a big hit.

Teal Hudson Pants (attieanddora.com) sewing shetland