Pattern Description: Jalie 2908 stretch jeans: “Women’s flattering stretch jeans with slim fit through the hips and thigh and a flared leg, back and side front pockets, zip fly with button closure. View A has a low rise (2-3 inches below the navel) and View B has a regular rise (at the navel).”
Pattern Sizing: I made View A in a Size T.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing? Yes, except the model has no hips, apparently…
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. I followed the pictures mostly, and read the print instructions when I needed clarification. I used Sandra Betzina’s tutorial for inserting a zipper in a fly front. Her video was good, but her instructions have you insert the zipper on the left, which I guess is common for slacks. So I reversed her instructions to put my zipper on the right.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that the pattern is made for stretch demin. They look very ready to wear. Even thought I made a size T, I still feel like they are a bit snug in the thigh and the across hips. I figured they just need breaking in, so I wore them practically all day and even danced in them. By the evening, they had loosened up and felt more comfortable. I’m sure after a few more wears and a few more washings, they’ll be perfect.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did make a 1″ dart in the center back of the waistband to eliminate “gaposis.” It worked great. The waistband fits along the conture on my waist perfectly with no gaps or gapes, something I’m rarely able to find in RTW jeans. Also, I added a coin pocket. EDITED TO ADD: I copied my back pockets from a pair of RTW jeans.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I’d like to make the regular rise jeans sometime in the future. I would most definitely recommend this pattern to anyone who wants to try jeans. I think the pattern fits the curves of a woman’s body, so you’ll get a very nice silhouette. Just make sure you go by hip measurement. I probably could go up a size in the hips, but I think a couple of wears will help me break them in.
Conclusion This is my third time making jeans. My first pair was a disasterous McCall’s 5142. They looked okay, but the denim did not have enough stretch and the crotch depth was off. The second pair I made was this Jalie pattern. They looked cute, but were a size R–too small. So the third time’s the charm, and I was finally able to construct some wearable jeans. I’m pretty pleased with the way they came out, and will wear them a lot!