Burdastyle 3/2014 #115: The Oops, I did it Again-Skinny Jeans


Well, what can I say. I do love my first pair of skinny jeans and I love the colour red and on my last visit to the fabric market what made me deviate from my carefully compiled list of “The Only Fabrics To Buy This Time” was this stonewashed red stretch denim. So all my plans for more stuctured and season appropriate sewing went out of the window and I made myself these jeans.

Well, it was more of an idea rather than a plan anyway.

May I instead draw your attention to these rather fun turn-ups with the contrast colour band. There was a bigger plan to this, which I’ll tell you about in a future post. But  I just had a fake-fur-related accident yesterday which means that my entire sewing room is covered in fake flur fluff (well, there’s an alliteration for you!) and my sewing has stalled until I have hoovered it all away…

IMG_0262I used Burdastlye 3/2014 #115 again, which, together with the alterations described here, has now been promoted to TNT status.

IMG_0263I have to confess to my faithful reader Mia that not much progress has been made on the thong sewing front, however I hope you’ll be pleased to find that nevertheless I take greater care selecting my underwear. Feast your eyes on the comparison pictures in this post…

IMG_0266Look, no muffin top! And I’m ridiculously pleased that these will stay up without a belt and without cutting in. Some may find the rise too high and mumsy, and in a way I would agree. But I’m quite high hipped and I’ve never had a lot of luck with lower rise jeans, they just don’t feel good on.

One of the biggest lessons regarding jeans sewing I’ve learnt is that the right amount of stretch is really important. I kinda have a feel for this now, when in the past I caused a lot of problems for myself by selecting fabrics that have either too much or too little stretch. Fitting also is so much easier if the stretch is right. Which is of course what Heater Lou has been saying all along, just a lot better than me.

Now for some gratuitous inside shots, just because I’m SO proud of how my sewing has progressed within the year I’ve been working on jeans. Feel free to scroll down if you feel that pride comes before a fall!



Isn’t that so tidy?

IMG_0273Securing the waistband on the inside has always been a struggle for me, but I think I’m getting the hang of this!

IMG_0274For the first time I didn’t make an obvious mistake with the top-stitching. I don’t use a twin needle or any specialised top-stitching foot, I simply sew each seam twice, using the foot as a distance guide. I made the lines further apart this time which I rather like. And for the first time EVER I didn’t break a needle when attatching the belt loops!

IMG_0276Look, some fun fabric for the pockets. I took great care the cut the pockets a little smaller than the front so the pocket fabric would roll to the inside ever so slightly and not be visible form the outside.

So, in case you’re still reading this: Thanks for bearing with me in this self-congratulatory post. I suppose many of you will be sitting down making Ginger jeans right now? I’m so looking forward to seeing how these turn out, it looks to be a cracking pattern! May the force with with you!


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17 thoughts on “Burdastyle 3/2014 #115: The Oops, I did it Again-Skinny Jeans

  1. ooobop! November 9, 2014 at 2:55 pm Reply

    How absolutely seriously impressive! Not only did you make jeans but you made them perfectly! I love the cheeky facing and the fit… oh the fit! Spot on! Not to mention that they are red which is my fave, of course! Self congratulate your heart out, lady! I’ll raise a glass too! 🙂

  2. navybluethreads November 9, 2014 at 3:38 pm Reply

    Very impressed here too! These look great, and totally not hand made 🙂 I’m with you regarding a higher waistband. So much more flattering, and comfy post children. Well done!

  3. Nakisha November 9, 2014 at 3:50 pm Reply

    Oooh I like these!! The red is fantastic and the fit is perfect!

    I like the Ginger but need to see them done up on more curvy ladies before taking that plunge.

    Jeans are on my to-do list though !

  4. epicyarns November 9, 2014 at 3:58 pm Reply


  5. Linda of Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! November 9, 2014 at 9:02 pm Reply

    Very well done! I am very close to tackling my own pair of jeans, just a couple of things to finish off first! Hopefully mine come out half as nice as your’s!

  6. sewbusylizzy November 9, 2014 at 10:37 pm Reply

    Wow! You have done an AMAZING job!! They look perfect!

  7. Paola November 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm Reply

    These jeans look great! You’ve inspired me to have a crack at jeans (and this pattern) myself. I’m also a devotee of the higher waist – much more comfortable and movement-friendly.

  8. karen November 10, 2014 at 12:15 am Reply

    I am really interested in that pocket. It’s like the NYDJ jeans where the pocket extends to contain the tummy. Is that part of the pattern or did you alter it? Do you know of any good tutorials for that? Great jeans!

    • Chris November 10, 2014 at 12:36 pm Reply

      The pockets are part of the actual pattern. Burda do them for a lot of their trousers, but I suppose it would be easy to take a normal pocket piece and extend to towards the CF seam. I don’t know of any tutorials but the Moss Mini skirt (Grainline) has a similar pocket construction, so maybe there is something on their website?

      • karen November 11, 2014 at 12:53 am

        Thanks for the info and leads. I’m going to scope out both.

  9. SewingElle November 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm Reply

    Totally and completely fabulous! Give yourself some more pats on the back!

  10. Mia November 16, 2014 at 11:39 am Reply

    Awesome work. Put them into a store beside Lee, Tommy Hilfiger or whatever they are all called – I`m pretty sure many hands would grab them. Love the second photo with that kind of “said and done”-smiling – and you can rightly be proud of your work!

    Finally great fit cutting a good figure. It’s nice to hear that you keep me (and the underwear) in mind 😉 I.e. especially for skinnys wearing thongs is a great catch, but you have definitively shown viewable improvement from the first jeans till today on the rather insignificant underwear front. Finally, there is to say (one more time): Well done!

  11. […] These are another version of my go-to jeans pattern, Burdastyle 3/14 #115 which I made before here and here. […]

  12. […] don’t really have anything to say that I haven’t said before, but I bet you are relieved that these sport a less questionable pattern than the last version […]

  13. […] jeans in those photos are my latest iteration of Burdastyle 3/14 #115, which I did again here and here and there are a few unblogged versions. I think I got the front crotch area as right as I […]

  14. […] #115. It’s my go to skinny jeans pattern and I lost count of the versions I made. Here, here, here and here is a little bit of evidence. But in fact the one pair of jeans that I wear most […]

  15. […] Judging from wearing those Gingers for a few days there is not much to choose between them and my usual jeans pattern, Burdastyle 3/2014 #113, which there are many iterations of on the blog. So all things being equal I will make the Gingers […]

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