First, I have to admit that I’m not a jeans or trousers girl. I very rarely wear pants and when I do, it’s basically because I have to, due to the weather or something outdoors related. I am very much a dresses and skirts girl. Making these jeans was an experiment and one I thought I’d share with the CSC as it’s Trousers Month and I never properly shared this on my blog.
These are my Clover jeans. They are my first attempt at pants making (I don’t include pajama pants), but not my last. No, I don’t wear jeans that often, but it’s good to have a few pairs for when one needs them. I prefer a boot cut style, and do wear those with boots around our ranch, but I wanted some stylish jeans with more of a straight leg and decided to sew a pair to see if I could get a better fit than RTW.
Pattern Name: Colette Clover #1019 in dark indigo stretch denim
Size Range: 0-18
What size did you make? Graded up to about 22/24
What are your…
- Measurements: 48-41-52
- Body Shape: Pear-ish/Spoon
- Height: 5’8
What adjustments did you make and how long did they take? In addition to grading this pattern up, I also did a full tummy adjustment. It didn’t take long to make any of these alterations as there are few pattern pieces.
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you? The construction process is fairly simple as this pattern does not have a front fly. I also opted not to include the pockets, so it was an easy sew. I basted these together first to check the fit and it seemed alright, although not perfect. As always, Colette’s instructions were easy to follow and comprehend.
How do you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think the design works well for your body shape? I need a higher rise for my shape and a crotch adjustment. These aren’t that comfortable due to those issues. The invisible zip on these jeans is not a feature I’d recommend. I could see it splitting if these were worn often. I don’t think these work well at all for my body shape.
Will you make the pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make? No. This pattern goes in my pile of patterns to give away.
Do you have any advice on this pattern for other curvy sewers? Are there any resources, tutorials that helped you sew this piece up? This pattern was printed before Colette started including plus sizes in their designs. I don’t think it grades up very well and would need a number of adjustments to look better on a curvy figure. I’ve seen several versions on more petite women and they look awesome. However, on me, they don’t. I used this method of grading and followed Barbara Deckert’s advice on tummy adjustments from her plus size Craftsy class.
Pattern rating (1-5)
- Size Range: 2
- Instructions: 5
- Construction Process: 4
- Final Fit: 2
- Overall Rating: 3
As these were a jeans experiment in which I dipped my toe in the water before immersing myself, I think these were a satisfying make. I wanted a pair of jeans with a side zip, but a front fly zip will better suit me, as will a higher rise. In those ways, I know more of what I would prefer in a jean and what design will be more comfortable to wear and fit my frame better.
Since making these jeans a few months ago I have found a RTW pair of jeans that I do like and am happy with. They have a high rise and a straight leg, plus a pocket stay. My only problem with those is the length, but as I wear them with long boots, it doesn’t bother me. I’m looking forward to sewing up a pair of jeans with these features, plus the length I need.