And another muslin

I’m hoping to join in with Peter’s jeans sew-a-long in May (go check out his blog at, he’s an inspiration!), so I thought I would cut out a bit of muslin today.  The plan is to use McCall’s M5392, now alas out of print, to recreate my favorite straight/skinny jeans.  I can find bootcut jeans with no problem but apparently, women are not supposed to have muscular calves so anything fitted below the knee is usually way too tight.  I have one pair of straight jeans that works and I’d like to recreate their look, since the fit is more flattering than truly skinny jeans.

The fabric I’m using is some heavy stretch twill (vaguely the same weight as denim) with a denim and studded print on it.  I picked it up in LA’s Fabric District for $1.50 per yard.  I had this idea of making an incredibly punk rock pair of pants — or possibly a skirt — with it, but the pattern has consistently defeated me.  It is getting used as a muslin and good riddance.

I apologize for the crappy iPhone photos, but it should be immediately obvious to all right-thinking people that this does not belong on a human body.

Clearly, there is a reason why this was $1.50, right?

Posted on April 28, 2011, in MPB Jeans Sew-Along, my weird sense of humor, sewing. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Wow, that is some crazy fabric (I would totally have grabbed it at that price, too, for the same purposes!). I hope it turns out to be a wearable muslin. 😀

    I find RTW skinny jeans hit and miss—a lot are cut for calf-less teenagers, I think. And the straight leg below the knee really does look better, doesn’t it? 🙂

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