My last post gave you an insight into my next project. I’ve been really keen to have a go at Ginger Jeans, since I’ve seen them popping up in many of the blogs I read regularly. My curvy figure struggles with most RTW (ready to wear) trousers – too tight on the hips and thighs, and gapping at the back waist – so I’ve been hoping this is the answer to uncomfortable jeans.
I started by making a toile from my ‘cream cord with olive green flowers / leaves and bright yellow squiggles’ fabric. The intention was for these to be a wearable toile, but I shouldn’t have needed hindsight to tell me that they are not my usual style. Anyway, as cheap as the fabric was (special offer from Minerva Fabrics), wearable or not wasn’t really an issue.
I found the whole process of making the Ginger Jeans, from download of the pattern,
through the crazy toile, to the final making in blue denim with gold top-stitching as real pleasure. As the instructions note, I am now a Sewing Ninja – I made jeans! They fit really nicely, Jez even says they look like the best fitting jeans he’s seen me in. I’m especially proud of my top stitching.
I did wear the cord version out once to test how they fit in action (on a Boxing Day trip to Whitby), and due to the pattern and the comfort I felt like I was wearing pyjamas. The only problem with the fabric was that the ridged fabric rubbing between the thighs made the walking harder work. My proper denim pair are usually being worn or in the wash, and I think the pattern will make the
perfect secret jeans for work, if I use some stretch suiting fabric. If I can find a jacket pattern that will work, I’ll use the same fabric and make myself a suit(!), then I would truly be a seasoned Sewing Ninja.
Have you made Ginger Jeans?