Jalie 2908 – the jeans saga continues

This is pair #4 I’ve made from this pattern – technically speaking. The black corduroy version never really saw the light of day, tho, so I’ll call it #3.

This time, however, I had to trace a new pattern, since I’ve lost something in the vicinity of 30 pounds since I made the first one, so those earlier iterations are a tad saggy now.

On the bright side, I already knew that the pattern fits me like a glove once I’ve hacked out an inch of the back yoke to accommodate my sway back.

Jalie Jeans – black stretch back

As you can see, the fit is great. No sway back wrinkling – yay!

The back pockets turned out great, too:

Jalie Jeans – back pocket detail

Other things, however, didn’t go so well.

For some reason, the very first zip fly I did for this pattern came out great, as you can see here. All following are messed up, including this one:

Jalie Jeans black stretch denim fly

I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, but I do think I finally actually understood the construction of the fly, so I’m hopeful for the next one – oh yes, there will be a next one!

In the above picture, you can also see the biggest and most disheartening issue: The Hole.

When I put in the zip, I went horribly wrong and had to take it out again. And then it happened – I slipped with my scissors, and hacked a hole into the leg part of my jeans. About 3 inches away from my crotch. Where you can’t even put a patch or something without drawing a whole lot more attention to an area that really doesn’t need any extra attention. If you get my gist.

Here it is in all it’s horrid glory:

Jalie Jeans – the hole

Ah well. I guess this will be a “fit for home wear” muslin, then …

On the bright side – I think the Jalie 2908 now has reached the truly TNT status for me. Yay!

Author: kokorimbaud

Love all things vintage, especially knitting from the victorian era through to the swinging twenties.

20 thoughts on “Jalie 2908 – the jeans saga continues”

  1. i love the fit on these and the top stitching on the back pockets is great! Especially like the extra purple detail! πŸ˜€ SUch a shame about that hole. it is not that big though. maybe it will stay that size or you could but a patch on it from the back?

  2. You have inspired me. I’m not sure about jeans, but slacks, yes. I’ve also purchased knit and a pattern for a long sleeve jersey. Its been so long since I’ve sewn anything but quilts, curtains and project bags that i am somewhat intimidated. YES, i can do it!

    1. Thank you – having inspired someone is the biggest compliment for me πŸ˜€ And I’m sure you can do it! Just go step by step – no reason to be intimidated. If you need help along the way, I’ll be happy to answer any questions as good as I can (you clearly read my blog and hence know about my limitations, lol). Also, there are a million helpful videos out there.
      And maybe it helps to know that I’ve been toying with the idea of taking up quilting, but am totally scared of it … all those tiny pieces, and the EXACTNESS of it …

  3. Do you know the interfacing patch trick?
    You can use either black stretch or non-stretch fusuible interfacing (depends on your jean mix to whether you need it to stretch) and place it behind the hole, glue side up. Then try and close up the hole a little before melting the interfacing with your iron. It reduces fraying and makes the hole less obvious from the outside.
    Think it is worth a try?

  4. They look awesome! You could just go with a ‘distressed look’? Kind of 90s throw back ripped jeans? Might look cool?

    I can only imagine how heart broken you were when the scissors went through. 😦

    1. Thank you! I have now followed Almond Rock’s suggestion and fused some seam tape and a tiny scrap from the inside behind the hole, and dabbed at it with a black edding pen, and it’s a lot less visible now. Maybe I can wear these babies in public, after all! \o/

  5. Sewing pants as got to be the most problematic of sewing things. I’ve just finished up a pair of slack/jean type pants and good Lord it’s taken a lot of time. Jeans I’m not ready for, I hear they are tougher because of the close fitting you have to do. Awesome job on yours. I’m taking notes.

    1. I didn’t find the jeans a lot more complicated than other trousers, they’re just a tad more involved because of all the top stitching. The fitting I found actually easier, because you have the back yoke to play with, and my biggest fitting issue for lowers is my sway back. And the Jalie pattern comes with great instructions, too πŸ™‚

      1. The hardest part was indeed the fitting of the back, as it was a bit gapey and wrinkley in the first attempt, but that’s really easy. I also always have to do swayback adjustments, so I do hear your pain!

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