Saturday, May 16, 2015

Finished: Welcome to Jeansville

Did I mention the jeans of my dreams earlier?
1940s 1950s jeans vintage denim womans mexican tourist coat jacket





























Well, they've finally happened.

1940s 1950s jeans vintage denim womans mexican tourist coat jacket





























I've been dreaming of 1940's wide leg jeans for a VERY long time, but honestly, I've been too scared to try and make them.

1940s 1950s jeans vintage denim womans mexican tourist coat jacket





























I mean, the fitting, the top stitching - it all seemed like so much effort to get wrong! And denim isn't the cheapest fabric to mess up with either. What if I made a mistake?

But here I am over the moon in Jeansville, and they worked out.

I relied heavily on Simplicity 4990 for inspiration (boy's jeans from 1954), and modified the EvaDress Wide Leg Trousers 3322.
Pattern photo credit: DaisyandErma on Etsy






























To figure out how wide I wanted the legs, I compared them to some Freddies of Pinewood jeans in my closet - then pinched out the excess width from the EvaDress trouser pattern down the centre. I believe I took a total of 6 inches excess width out of each leg to narrow the fit.






























The denim is just a basic navy from Lincraft, but it has an ever so slight stretch. A back zipper instead of a front zipper of course!






























MODS;

  • Pinched out 3 inches width from the centre of trousers, front and back, to reduce the excess width
  • Folded pants pocket
  • 1950s pattern said to use snaps on the pockets - I used buttons and button holes






























If I can pass on one piece of advice I've learnt about perfecting pants this year, it's don't put them off. Making 4-5 muslins in the past month has been painful (and not cheap) but the end product has been totally worth it.

xxx

8 comments:

christina snellgrove said...

Your jeans look great, I love the pockets!

Bex said...

Thankyou!

Madame Fox said...

Congratulations! The jeans look amazing on you.

Eimear Greaney said...

they are fab, i am trying to make some summer jeans/pants at the moment and its going a bit south, i am going to try again, and now i have seen those pockets of yours, i think i will try and copy, well done

Jessica Cangiano said...

They happened and they look sensational. Wow, wow, and wow again! These are such classic, lovely, beautifully tailored jeans. You beyond knocked it out of the ballpark here, dear Bex. Awesome job!

♥ Jessica

Tanith said...

They are just brilliant. Those pockets in particular are such a special touch, and the fit looks incredible.

I'm still working my way up to pants, but I'm looking forward to it!

Tanith said...

They are just brilliant. Those pockets in particular are such a special touch, and the fit looks incredible.

I'm still working my way up to pants, but I'm looking forward to it!

wardrobeexperience said...

Those pants look amazing and so does the whole look!

 
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