Eek! You can see my classic issue here with RTW trousers: if they fit my waist (which these do), then they are bag-a-licious through the upper thighs. That’s quite a fold I have on the front there… yikes. And mega bags under my bum. OK. Deep breath. Remember that I wear these regularly and don’t think they look that awful in real life.
Next up: Ginger As. For these, I graded up the waist by 3 inches (based on the finished measurement charts). It turned out that was too much – I hadn’t fully accounted for the stretch in the denim, plus I think that the grading is on the generous side. As a result, these are slightly loose at the waist and tend to slip down. In addition, this low rise just doesn’t work with my hip shape – I don’t have enough curve to keep them up! Still I must admit that they already look better than my Boden ones!
And now the best option I think: the view B. On trying these on, I immediately realised that “high waisted jeans” aren’t high waisted on me, because I have a very high waist in the first place! They just feel normal to me. I did a thin thigh adjustment (basically took extra off the back inseam), and I also did the flat bum adjustment that scoops things up a bit in the bum area. I think I overdid that – it’s a bit too scooped – so for my final jeans I need to add a bit back in. I also made an error when I made these and somehow ended up easing the jeans into the waistband and chopping off some waistband… why oh why oh why? Anyway, as a result, they’re too tight there, but I’m confident that if I just sew them properly I won’t have that problem.
Beyond that: there’s still bagginess on the back thighs. Should I do more of an adjustment there? Maybe take in the side seam too? It’s also pulling a bit in the front crotch but I’m thinking maybe adding back into the back crotch will help alleviate that – does that make sense?
Finally, I had my Crafty Foxes play “pin the pocket on the Jenny bum”, and as you can see below, the right hand side higher, further out, version worked better for me – I’m in the “make it look rounder and bigger” camp!
So there we go – I can’t quite believe how easy these were to put together (awesome sewalong, Heather), and that I procrastinated for so long. I”m looking forward to whipping up my finals hopefully later this week!