In Which I Learn Something About Myself
So, I spent part of the weekend sewing aqua jeans. Or trying to, anyhow. I ran into four snags:
1) I forgot that I need to sew 3/8″ inseams in this pattern. I sewed 5/8″ inseams, serged and topstitched, then had to pull it out. A word to the wise: when sewing tightly woven stretch twill, you need microtex needles rather than denim needles. The denim needles left ugly little holes, like so:
Also, because I’d already serged the seam, I ripped it out to the serged edge but couldn’t make the seam any narrower. So they were closer to 1/2″ inseams than 3/8″. Still better than the 5/8″ inseams which pulled the pants out of shape around my derriere. Sewing a smaller inseam really helps me with fitted pants as it allows for my muscular inner legs, so I made a note to myself to always pin fit with a narrow inseam.
2) The waistband doesn’t fit on the top of the jeans. I actually can’t figure out if this is a user error or a pattern error. I’ve made these pants in a 10 and a 14 and both times, the waistband went on perfectly. I might just need to stay stitch the front as well as the back.
3) I really need a size 10 in the front. I gain all my weight in the back, and my current cheetah pants (size 10) fit fine, if a bit slim. However, I tried to make these in a size 12 and this is the result:
I apologize for giving y’all a better look at my stretch marks and zombie t-shirt than you probably wanted. Anyhow, the pants — they’re ok in the back but wrinkle and bag out way too much in the front. If I want more room, I’m probably better off sticking with a 10 in front and going up to 12 or 14 in the back.
And the final realization, 4) I’m not really an aqua jeans kind of person. There’s a reason why I gravitate to black. Usually, my eye-catching garments are confined to my upper half, and good riddance. The cheetah pants work for me because they’re a subdued color and match with black. Even if these jeans had come out perfectly, I’m not sure they would be my cup of tea.
I have enough aqua twill to make a skirt or a pair of shorts. I think I’ll pull the zipper out of this failed pair and chalk this one up to experience.
Next up: Horrifying the Neighborhood with Home Stretch!