So this is another pair of Safran jeans, I’m honestly so proud of the improvement between the first and second pair I made. This is a reason I love sewing, I love tangible evidence of my improvements.
The fabric had less stretch than the previous pair (this is good, the original pair were too big because the fabric couldn’t recover due to too much stretch) so I had less alterations to do. I did have to take about an inch out of the waist, so I think I’ll retrace the pattern for a smaller size. The fly cover bit ( very technical name) is a bit smaller than I’d like, so I’ll make it wider in the future. Those are the only really changes I’d make.
There is some odd bunching around the crotch when I sit down, does anybody know what this is? I don’t own any RTW high waisted jeans to compare to. I’ve done some research but I don’t know what to fix as it all the guides talk about bunching while standing! The only thing that I think might help is a flat pubis adjustment…but I don’t know. All advice is welcome!
The fly on these jeans isn’t straight, it tends to tilt, I think this is because I stretched the waistband slight when stitching on one side, so I won’t make this mistake again!
I used a navy thread to topstitch, I’m not super confident in my topstitching so this means that mistakes won’t be seen! I followed the method outlined by Deer and Doe completely with no changes on my part. The second time round was much easier but again, a lot of credit goes to Deer and Doe: the drafting is great and the instructions are clear. These aren’t designed for a complete beginner but D&D make that clear. One thing of note: D&D specify 20-25% of stretch in the fabric, this is easy to work out when buying fabric and is a reason I chose this pattern over the Ginger Jeans which only says 2% Lycra. To me, 2% Lycra is vague and, since not everything is labeled in shops, elusive. This was the deciding factor is choosing Safran over Ginger and I’ve no regrets.
I’ve more fabric to make another version of this pattern. I really see it playing an important role in my wardrobe, and overall I’m really pleased with this make! It’s funny, I used to think that sewing meant I didn’t quite follow fashion trends in the same way. But I realized looking around college ALL the women were wearing high waisted black jeans! I’m clearly more fashionable than I thought!