Sunday, January 4, 2015

FINISHED! Style Arc Sandra

Well at least you'll get a break from me for a little while because I can't sew another stitch right now! :-p

First thing's first; I really, truly LOVE them! I am very proud of myself for taking the leap.

top is Burda 6990

I was pretty excited to see SA offer their patterns on Etsy, even though I do not like pdf's very much. I'd been wanting to try them but was held back by 1) single sizing and 2) shipping costs. Well, the Etsy shop purchase gets you 3 sizes (so I got 14, 16, 18) and obviously, no shipping. The trade off is taping.

Pattern Sizing:

They are available in sizes 4 - 30; I cut a size 16 based on the size chart.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

NO. NO. NO. 

But I've sewn Burda and Lekala and if you can get through those, you can get through anything! LOL!

I read through them before I ever put the pattern together and after about 3 seconds was in lalaland. I read a few different jean sew-alongs on blogs and realized the actual construction isn't much different from any other pant.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

One thing I noticed right away when reading reviews, nearly everyone had their coin pocket on the left. But all of my rtw jeans has it on the right. The SA tech drawing has it on the right! But it's drafted for the left side.  Obviously changing this isn't a big deal, but it was wrong.

The yoke is too wide. I have about 12 pair of RTW jeans and the yokes are not this wide on any of them. When I put them on, I want to pinch out fabric there. I will make a change for next time.

1cm seam allowances. BUT, I was all ready to whine about it until I noticed my machine has 5, 10, 15 and 20 mm marks. So I could actually sew a 1 cm seam allowance and not go to 3/8"! :)

LOVE everything else. 

Fabric/Notions Used:

Thick non-stretch denim from SR Harris. 
Cotton shirting scraps for the pocket bags.
Blue zipper (not a jeans zipper this time)
Tack button (bought from Hancock during 40% off sale!)
C&C gold topstitching thread
Gutermann thread (in various colors)
White serger thread

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Shortened them several inches (hahaha!), removed excess fabric from sides and back of leg, added to the back rise and crotch extension, shortened the front crotch length, tapered in a bit more from knee to hem, darted out excess fabric from yoke and waistband.


I also angled the fly shield. I know, a tiny change, but I felt it really made them look more RTW. 

I did NOT use interfacing in the waistband. I read the pros and cons and checked out the innards of the RTW jeans that I was using as a guide. Those had no waistband interfacing.

I have had those jeans for about 9 years and they've been my main go-to for work. Sadly the curse of thighs that touch took those to the jeans graveyard.

Changes for next time:

Shorten yoke, shorten front rise just a smidgen, move the pockets just slightly, Make the coin pocket a tiny bit smaller.

Small changes. Small changes...

Oh, and I'll use a jeans zipper and maybe experiment with back pocket designs.

Front view: They really feel great on!



Right side: Some way, some how, my right side is off grain. WOE!  I think I know why though.

When I traced the pattern I was out of paper and used freezer paper. No problem. I cut everything single layer but admittedly had a hard time seeing the grain line on the other side of the freezer paper. 

 Left: Not as helpful as I'm not standing directly in front of the camera; oops. The seamline is straight though! :)


 Back: I like 'em!


And my favorite; the guts!


I am in love with the contrast top-stitching <3



Do not look closely at my buttonhole!



That tack button was easy peasy!!!

Here you can kind of see how close the coin pocket is to the side seam.


Love, love, love the pocket stays.


That is a good looking pair of jeans :-p

As I said in my last post, I am awaiting rivets and will probably show them off when I finish the final item of my mini-wardrobe (black Vogue pants) and get photos done of all the outfits.

You thought there would be NO sneak peeks?!? 


This outfit is so ME. Totally feel like a stylish 35 year old mom in this!


Pattern Review




81 comments:

  1. Wow, those look so great on you! Fabulous job!

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  2. Holy mutha of jeans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want my very own pair, like now.

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  3. Congrats on a fantastic job! They look gorgeous.

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  4. Great job! They look wonderful!

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  5. you should be so proud of yourself!!! well done!

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  6. They look SO fabulous Nakisha! GREAT job!!!

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  7. WOW! These look absolutely amazing on you. The fit is just spectacular. I'm totally in awe of your pants-fitting skills!

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  8. They look great on. Fantastic fit and you seem to have made them so quickly! Nice topstitching.

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    1. Thanks! It was definitely an OCD type of thing. I could not stop thinking about them and worked on them every chance I got!

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  9. Wonderful, wonderful ending to your jeans journey. Beautiful work!

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  10. Your post is the first and only post I have ever read that has made me want to try to sew jeans. Really superb fitting and construction!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you give them a try!

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  11. Good work on your denim pants. It looks good on you.

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  12. Wow, your jeans are perfect in every way, the fit, style and top-stitching are all perfect. You must be over the moon with these. I'm in awe.

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    1. Thanks Graca! I am completely in awe :)

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  13. Awesome jeans. The fit is spot on!

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  14. Awesome job in an amazing amount of time!

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  15. Amazing!!! Those look great, and it sounds like you learned a ton. Next thing you know, you're going to have a whole new jeans wardrobe! :)

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  16. wow you should be proud! you did an awsome job!how did you get the pattern review button on your sidebar, I can't find a button anywhere on the site, thanks!

    Helen

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    1. Thanks Helen!

      on the PR site, click to get the dropdown for "My account" and go to widgets. It'll walk you through getting the code. Then go to Layout on blogger and 'add a new element".

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  17. Fabulous jeans! You inspire me to make some, but first I need to sew pants. I fear pants fitting, but you make it look easy...or at least doable. Happy 2015!

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    1. I think it just depends! I say, if you're interested in sewing pants just try it!

      I have far fewer fit issues on my lower half than my upper. You never know!

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  18. Fabulous jeans and you make it all look so easy. Great sewing/fitting skills. You should wear these with pride.

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  19. Covering lots of posts in one go here, hope you don't mind - great jeans with a great fit, congrats on being PR member of the year and wow what an unbelievable sewing output you had this year. Tough act to follow for 2015!

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    1. THANK YOU!!!! ;-)

      I felt crazy posting so often but didn't want to drag it out. :)

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  20. Wow, you really conquered those jeans! What an inspiration ! I was wondering how high the rise was on these?

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    1. Thank you!

      The rise is a little high. I removed 1/2" but I always need to remove 1/2-3/4" from pants. I think I could take the front down another 1/2". But the back is perfect coverage. I can bend and sit and squat without needing to pull my pants up.

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  21. Your whole outfit looks great. Your cropped length looks good and very fashionable. My inside leg is 34" and cropped length just looks as though I couldn't get pants long enough (or like the child who has outgrown his trousers and is waiting for new ones) rather than being a style choice! I also love the jacket/cardigan with this outfit. I think I have that pattern and am tossing up between SA and 2 McCall's. 2015 is the year of the trousers/jeans and your series of posts is very helpful. Thank you. Happy New Year!

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    1. haha! My daughter has a 34" inseam as well and yeah, cropped pants are a no-go for her :)

      I think I love the M6996 cardigan (here) even more than the 6844 one! :-O

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  22. Fabulous beautiful and gorgeous! You are rocking those jeans.

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  23. Wow, beautiful jeans. The sneak peak of the complete outfit is great too.

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  24. They look fantastic - you've done a great job. I've got jeans on my sewing list too, I just hope I'm as successful as you are!

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  25. Great job. I want to be like you when I sew up!

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  26. THese jeans are PERFECT!!! The fit is great, they look good on you.. I know you are so happy you took the step and made them.. Look forward to seeing how many more you will be whipping up [coz I know you will, ha] Happy sewing.

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    1. Thanks Judy!

      You KNOW I am ready for #2!! Baby girl has pre-empted though and "needs" a pair of "not skin-tight jeans" :) Sooooo

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  27. All your hard work paid off. Those are one.great.pair.of.jeans!!!!

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  28. You look amazing in these! Thanks for sharing all of your tips. I'm going to be trying to make jeans for the first time soon, and will be bookmarking your posts on these.

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    1. Thank you!! Oh Ann you will knock them out!

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  29. Super job Nakisha! Perfect way to start out 2015 :)

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  30. thanks for sharing how to get the PR widget on my blog, I've wanted to get into writing reviews with my sewing this year, now to get to sewing & write some reviews lol!
    Helen

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    1. So glad it worked for you Helen! Sometimes that HTML stuff can be fussy.

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  31. Absolutely fabulous! You're right to be proud!

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  32. They look great - even with an off grainline I think you will wear these lots (and lets face it, sometimes garments twist when you put them on, so who is going to know except you:)).

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    1. I honestly don't think it'll bother me! Maybe it's because they're shorter?? Who knows :) I'm happy!

      Ready to make pair #2

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  33. These are awesome and the fit looks great. Now you know you can make anything ;)

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  34. Great result! I really like them with the boots.

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