Well, hello there friends!
This is something quite a bit different for me — jeans!
Yeah, I really went out of my comfort zone with these as I very rarely wear any pants or jeans. I only have a few pairs of jeans in my closet and I’m in dresses and skirts 99.9% of the time. Plus, I know I don’t look that happy in these photos — well, I wasn’t! haha! 🙂 This, of course, has nothing to do with the top I’m wearing, as I quite like that one!
I was a pattern tester for the Geometry Top pattern by Katy & Laney, so my version is the test version that’s a little Tanya-ified. When I first saw this pattern I thought it would be perfect to use up the remaining yard of silk charmeuse that I used for this dress. I paired that with a silk crepe de chine that I found as a remnant at Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. As this pattern has panels, I could be creative with my pattern placement and managed to get it all cut out with the little bit of fabric pieces that I had.
As I was testing this pattern, I followed the instructions and made my top as is in a size 22. My charmeuse has some stretch and I used pieces of it for the original sleeves and thought it would stretch to accommodate my thicker arms, but it was too tight, so I ended up cutting it out and binding the armscyes, which gives my shirt more of a kimono/cap sleeve type flair. I used French seams and followed the instructions for the rest of it! It goes together well and the instructions are superb!
My neckline is a little different, too, than the final Geometry top. It was a little higher than this when I tested it and I ended up cutting it out and sewing in binding. Still not certain if that’s how I want it yet as I’m not sure it sits quite right, but it’s pretty comfy to wear.
My jeans are the Colette Clover pattern in a dark indigo stretch denim I picked up over the summer in Nebraska and meant just for this pattern. I have never made jeans or pants before and the closest I’ve ever come is pajama pants.These are not exactly my aesthetic, but I like the pattern and wanted to try something different. I also wanted to try sewing some jeans and this looked like a good place to start. Another reason why I dove in to this jeans/pants sewing biz is that I wanted to see how a pair of pants that are fit to my size and shape would fit. RTW jeans are always too big in the waist when I get them to fit my hips/belly. I also don’t like muffin top action going on and I figured if I had pants that fit MY body that I would not have that problem and I DON’T! 🙂
I graded up and cut out a 22/24 and basted these together to check the fit. They seemed to fit fairly well, so I then sewed them and finished them up. They were very quick and easy to make. I think I’d rather have a longer rise, though, even though it makes me feel like I’m wearing Mom jeans. I’m quite interested in the Closet Case Files Ginger jeans and may have to try again with those. I think I’m going to have to trade that invisible zip for a lapped jeans zipper. I’m not sure how long that will hold up! I’m honestly probably not going to be wearing these much though…. so maybe I don’t? But if I did wear these out and about, I’d really hate to have a wardrobe malfunction with that zipper!
No…. not happy….
I really really REALLY love the denim that I used for these jeans though! It’s American made, nice and dark, great to sew with, medium weight (not to heavy, but not thin) and I like the finish. I may have just enough to make a skirt with it. 🙂
I really, REALLY look unhappy here… I think this was right after I nearly fell down after stepping in a gopher hole and just about split my britches! I apologize that these jeans are hard to see the details of as they are so dark and the waning light doesn’t help. They are pretty simple and fit okay. Not much else I can say about them. I do love my K&L top though and it was just the kind of thing I was looking for. I also love that I could use up my remaining Catherine Malandrino silk. 🙂
The VERDICT: I don’t like these pants on ME, I do like them on other people. I remain a dresses/skirts girl. I still don’t like pants. They are not my aesthetic. I look better in dresses and skirts. I’m glad that I sewed up something different and veered into jeans territory. I will sew another pair of jeans up again in another pattern (most likely the CCF Ginger). I do think I’d like to see some more examples of skinny jeans on curvy figures before I dive in again. I’m going to go sew another skirt now.
As far as the Geometry top — I think it’s the bees knees. It’s a damn good remnant/scrap busting top and I think it will look mighty good with a slim skirt. This was a complimentary pattern that I received as a pattern tester, but these are my own honest thoughts.
- Top: Katy & Laney Geometry top in Catherine Malandrino silk charmeuse panel print and silk crepe de chine, made by me
- Jeans: Colette Clover in dark indigo stretch denim, made by me
- Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon
- Jewelry: Bauble Bar
- Sunglasses: Burberry
PS I have butter chicken simmering in my crock pot and it smells good. I just had to share. I also am not wearing these jeans as I write this, if I was, I’d probably be filling them up more after I indulge in my dinner. SKIRTS FOR THE WIN! 🙂