My fashion model pose (Inspired by Ms. Badger)
I naively thought that I would correct all my fitting issues with this second pair of jeans and have a blueprint for all future ones. Alas, anytime you change anything on pants for the better, it seems to be balanced by creating new problem everywhere else. For example:
- I reduced the inner thigh width, which shortened the crotch length.
- I increased back length which gives my behind more room while sitting and bending, but might contribute to increased wrinkles on my back thigh while standing straight.
- I curved out the side hip which seems to make the side length a bit longer and created some wrinkles.
- I tried scooping out the back crotch curve to be more ergonomic which reduced width on the seat back.
Whatever! I made them and they fit better than most of my pants.
In case you were wondering about my cowgirl boots, these were my mom's in the mid 60's, and she was wearing them when she saved my life. You see, I had enraged a mother cow and my mom ran in front of her so I could skuttle under a gate to safety. The mother cow then knocked down and trampled my mother breaking a couple of her vertebrae while I cowered just outside the corral. All I remember of this drama is crawling under the gate and lying in the grass on the safe side of the fence, and then complaining because she wouldn't carry me. Thanks Mom! I owe you!
Back to sewing. My biggest problems were materials shortages. I barely had enough fabric (so the length is skimpy) and I ran out of top-stitching thread. I thought of my thread hoarding post, because I had to rip out the inner thigh top stitching, salvage it, and rewind it on the thread spool just to have enough to go around the waistband. I guess you can never take thread for granted.
I cut the waistband in halves on the lengthwise grain with a wedge taken out of the top and a separate inner and outer piece. Sewn together it makes a subtle V and serves as a small center back dart. This seems to be the next best thing to a curved waistband.
I'm tempted to make one more pair, but I am out of denim and it's time to move on. Anyway, I'm sure to change sizes at least once sometime in the next year and then the fitting process can start all over again!
- Fabric: denim from stash, seems to have no stretch, cost 5.00 from Mill Ends?, pocket lining: batik percale from stash, inner waistband: Very stable navy blue fabric from Jessica. (Thanks Jessica!)
- Thread: blue poly and Guttermann Top-stitching color 548
- Needles: jeans for sewing and a leather needle for the top stitching
- Pattern: Jalie 2908
- Cowboy boots: Mom's closet