A month of so ago, Olu of Needle and Ted and I challenged each other to a Jagger jeans sew-off for our first round of Battle of the Stitches. As H didn’t have any trousers that fit apart from some leggings I was keen to start, but H was far less enthusiastic. She was quite insistent that jeans are uncomfortable, and that she absolutely didn’t want anything ‘jazzy’. This meant black stretch cotton drill and grey thread was in but rivets, gold topstitching and sun ray/lightning bolt pocket designs were out. As a challenger I was feeling a little weak.
After measuring H and consulting the pattern I decided to cut an age 2 (yikes-no wonder shop bought trousers don’t fit) in width and somewhere between a 7 and 8 for length. The material contained quite a lot of stretch and I was keen for the jeans to fit snuggly so they were more like jeggings in the hope of winning H round.
The construction was fairly straightforward (although as the pattern states it’s an intermediate rather than a beginner project) and the only problems I came across were topstitching some of the thicker areas (waistband and belt loops). My machine didn’t seem to like it much and kept skipping stitches, but with a new needle fitted I managed to resolve most of the problem areas, although there are still a few visible glitches.
More significantly though, the result is a pair of jeans that H loves. Thanks to a custom fit, stretch in the material and an adjustable waistband design she ended up with a perfectly fitting pair of jeans which are therefore not uncomfortable. She voluntarily wore them all weekend and then asked to wear them to school on Monday too.
Now back to those gold stars, which after H saw S’s lightning bolt top and some sibling jealousy kicked in were deemed not to be jazzy at all. The top was made in the same grey french terry with stars stencilled on using fabric paint. I used a standard long sleeve t-shirt pattern but cropped the length of the body and added a large gathered frill.
If you’d like to make your own pair of Jagger jeans they are on sale for one week from this Friday, or comment below to be in with a chance of winning a copy of the pdf pattern. I’ll pick a winner by entering all names into a random generator and announce the selection next Friday the 13th, which will be lucky for at least one person. To double your chances of winning and to see how Olu’s jeans turned out, with the same pattern but different fabric choices, head over and comment on her post too.