Not So Awesome

New Jalie Jeans Capris

But they’ll do.

They’re finished except for the studs (which I won’t put in this time until at least one more wash). Nothing special, but considering my spectacular fail on the pattern front, I’m not going to complain as long as they’re wearable.

I’m still having issues with the waistband gaping at the back (probably not helped at all

Rear View

by the pattern goof), so I think I’ll twiddle with the waistband pattern piece a bit. I’m a little scared of how much worse it will get after I wash them. Also I think I should go back to the original width of the waistband pattern piece (I had shaved it down about 2cm) as I think I actually like the wider waistband better. This one’s wider than my last (I used the same pattern piece but 1/4″ seam allowances instead of 1 cm), so it’s a good width, but wider would be nice, too.

One of these days I’ll do something actually interesting with

Belt loop and pocket detail... OMG is that pocket ripping?

the jeans I make. Maybe for the next black pair. I may go back and put a little slit at the seam in the outer side leg just below the knee, too, if I get ambitious. We’ll see. In the meantime—another boring, not entirely quick piece. Now to pray for good weather in September so I can actually use them for my SSS wardrobe.

Front Fly---good installation, less good topstitching.

OMFG, the back pocket’s ripping loose! Did I remember to tie those topstitching strings or did I… just… cut them. Yup, I think I just cut them. *facepalm*

There’s the fly, which is my first actual proper fly installation. The topstitching’s not so good. I think my buttonholes are getting a wee bit better, although still nothing like the amazing tailored ones I see pictures of. Also a cute 10-year-old invaded the picture.

Well, for my first finished project in two weeks, I’m not going to complain. Any more.



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11 responses to “Not So Awesome

  1. I think they look pretty darn good! Don’t be so hard on yourself. 🙂

  2. Ali

    Me too! I’m thinking about whipping up some capris and I’d be incredibly grateful if they were as good as yours! 🙂

  3. Aww thanks, guys. They do look fine. It’s the little construction imperfections that only we’ll know about, right? 🙂

  4. Sophie

    The capris look great!! I’ve been sewing for a few years now, and I still haven’t attempted a pair of jeans or similar pants…. it terrifies me!! I always tell myself, “why would I want to, when I can get some for cheaper then the cost of fabric at second hand stores?” Tho, you inspire me to give it try!

    BTW~ love the hair! did you get a haircut?

    • Thanks! I did get a haircut on vacation… we are still going back to our old stylist whenever we go home :).

      I’m ever so picky about the fit and style of my jeans, so I usually end up spending big bucks on mine… thrift store jeans are always too short ;). Also I tend to wear the ones I love into the ground, so I like to start with them new so they’ll last as long as possible. I’m a thrift-store junkie in most other respects, though 🙂

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  6. Sorry for dragging this from your archives, I just wanted to mention that the first photo of you in this post is really sweet, it looks very natural. 😀

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