Sunday, March 8, 2015

Polka Dot Jeans - Jeans 2015

So when Pattern Review announced another jeans contest, I began my planning. Update my self-drafted "Jeanius!" King class pattern to v 6.6 "bottom up" jeans

Sky blue and gold upholstery fabric, in the Fortuny style!
No, this isn't the actual fabric. But it's close.

Alas, rules state: only denim twill.

Okay, new plan.

 Yes, I designed a fabric for these jeans for this contest. It's not that hard, and you get a nifty discount on your own prints.
Spoonflower cotton twill

And here they are. Reversed fly and all.

Version 6.6:  reversed yoke bottom up polka dot Mom jeans.

Mom dancing (as seen on Kimmel)

Who doesn't love a PicMonkey collage? The coin pocket is my standard welt version, to match the waistband/pocket fabric.

 Yes, I love polka dots. I believe that navy polka dots have a strange power over others, and can bend them to my will. 

Or at least my spouse. Works on him. Good enough.
More nifty topstitching deets! This is where I admit that I am not keeping these pockets on for regular wear; I hate back pockets, but this is a contest and leaving them off seemed unfair.   I never put on belt loops. That I didn't budge on. I could photoshop some on, but that is really cheating.
And now, the nasty fitting details! If you don't enjoy staring at photos of wrinkles on butts, perhaps I can redirect you to my Pinterest page tab up top? The "Marvelous" board is all cartoons!

The digital camera is the gift that keeps on giving me the opportunity to stare at my butt. Which frankly I don't care to do, so I pretend it's someone else's fitting problem, and then it's all scientific-y and a trouble shooting opportunity. 

Wrinkles form where there's too much fabric in one direction AND not enough in the other. The "too much" is parallel to the wrinkle, the "not enough" is at the ends.

The red lines are the deepest wrinkles, and they are indicating two solutions. One, I can take in the crotch curve in the center of that circle the red lines describe. Or, I can let out the seams in the inner leg.

There's nothing left to let out in the inner leg, so we're taking in the crotch curve.

Like so. I did this about a billion times today. Yes, it's cleaned up and refinished.

There are still wrinkles. And any wearing ease I had is gone.  But the crotch curve is better, so I will take these, correct the pattern from them, ADD about 1/8" to the outside seams, and it should be good.  
And ready for the Fortuny!
not the actual material, but wouldn't that be sweet?

The trick is to get them close but not tight.  That way they don't bind or ride up, I can sit in them without rearranging me or them. 

And now I never want to look at my butt again. Oh my gawwwwwd...


  1. You are so brave. In a million years I wouldn't show my butt on my blog. And brave for making jeans. They look great! I'll have to try that polka dot thing on my spouse, though it would need to be Art Deco dots in his case.

  2. Well done on persevering; the fit is great as is your meticulous topstitching! And that last stance really has attitude. You should win; I don't even want to see other entries!

  3. Polka-dot jeans are pretty much the most awesome thing ever!

  4. Came looking for brocade and got dotty instead! I can live with that! Love your dot jeans. Looks like the Spoonflower twill is a nice quality. Great explanation on butt fitting. My butt seems to have gone "old lady". Totally different shape than it used to be. Aging can be so strange.
    Thanks for linking with 52 Pick-me-up!

  5. Having just tackled jeans myself I am in awe of you making your own pattern, designing your fabric and making some cool jeans with interesting pocket detail. Brilliant!


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