Too bad I'm not a ginger anymore! so, I made jeans. FRACKING JEANS! I'll admit that all the talk about the crotch curve and the fear of having to adjust it 1/4" at a time had me a little nervous to try them but Heather from Closet Case Files did an amazing job creating this pattern! I haven't heard one bad thing about it and seeing all the bloggers who've made their own pairs made me want to give it a go.
ginger jeans, well technically 2nd. I made a muslin but my denim ended up having more stretch than the muslin fabric so I had to go down a size. They also ended up twisting in the leg. I tried to take them in and fix the twisting but they ended up looking tight, lumpy and wonky all at the same time.
Adelle's First Day dress for the inside of the waistband; kind of as an ode to wishful thinking. I don't like that it shows so I think next time I make them I'll use denim fabric for the facing.
Shirt:Handmade Hemlock Tee, Jeans: Handmade Ginger Jeans, Shoes: Target, Watch: Target, Necklace: Forever21
If jeans are on your list of challenge makes for this year, I have a few suggestions:
Get the ginger jean pattern and follow Heather's sew-a-long! When stitching the inseam & outer side seam start from the bottom hem and work your way up the leg, this will help with twisting. And be patient with yourself!
I was so disappointed in myself when my first pair hadn't turned out that I had almost resolved to just give jeans up. I looked at a few different blogs while obsessing over jean making and one, can't remember which, said to be patient with yourself when trying something new and that sometimes it can take 2-3 times to get the fit right. I think that is honestly my goal this year is to be patient with myself and others.
My other goal this year is to not view other Creatives as competition. I feel like it's been wired into my brain to always compete with others, maybe it's the whole survival of the fittest thing. Sewing the ginger jeans and seeing what others had made and hearing encouragement from them was a wonderful reminder at how supportive the sewing community really is. I've connected with so many different people sharing my process on instagram and seeing their projects. Reading comments and recommendations seeing sewing plans and fabric choices. I've really loved the connections and I'm excited to see what we have in store for this new year!
So what's your challenge project this year?