First of all I would like to thank all of you who responded so kindly to my latest post, especially to the issue of “interesting” photography. It appears there seems to be a market out there for my particular style of posing. Who would have thought! You girls rock!
Of course, your wish is my command and I have a section of extra special photgraphs for your viewing pleasure today:
See, I didn’t promise too much, did I? This is me, modelling the latest addition to my closet, Burdastyle 3/2014 #115, the skinny jeans that everybody who makes skinny jeans seems to have made already. I’ve been kinda on the fence about skinny jeans for the longest time, both on me but also as a general concept, but now they have been around so long that even I have got used to the look. I didn’t make mine quite properly skinny, more like a slim-fit jeans. I may not know how to pose, but I do know that the sausage-trouser look is not for me!
For the first time EVER I made real, bona fide muslin (I had a rather unwisely purchased fabric – online purchase rather late at night, you might know the deal) to check the fit of the pattern. It kinda worked straight off, but I changed the crotch shape a little and took a little lenght out of the front crotch, so for the first time EVER I have no fabric pooling around where the zipper meets the front crotch line.
I cut a size 42 and the jeans came out just a little bit large, but that might have been because of the very, very stretchy fabric I was using. Starting with the size 42, Burda make these jeans higher rise, the smaller sizes are about 3cm lower.
You can see this is quite high, but I like it this way. Nobody is going to be much the wiser anyway because I’m unlikely to wear anyting tucked into these jeans. However, if you wanted the lower rise, it would be extremely easy, even in the larger sizes, as you simple need to trace the lower rise line.
I seamed these at ankle length, the original pattern is around 2cm longer than this. FYI I’m 173cm tall, so these do finish quite long even though the pattern is for a standard size. I have found that with the newer Burda patterns I rarely have to add extra length to the standard pattern. I wonder where my extra length is distributed on my body if it’s neither the legs nor the upper body (I recently cut a petite size bodice and had to add about 2cm to the arm hole, but that was it!! How does that work???)
All in all I’m really pleased with these jeans. They are not exciting or anything, more a workhorse type garment, but I did promise myself I would sew more of those anyway. And when I asked my husband to take these pictures, he didn’t even realise these jeans were hand-made! I call that a win! Two more versions are somewhere in my production line!
How about you: Are you flattered when somebody mistakes your handmades for RTW? Or are you insulted because someone doesn’t recognise the amount of work you put in?