I spend a lot of time wearing jeans and a top, and having handmade options is one of the reasons I love sewing. These jeans are another pair of Gingers – this really is a favourite pattern for me now.
This is view B again – high rise, skinny leg – in the same slubby denim from Les Coupons de Saint Pierre that I used for my Hot Patterns Boyfriend Jeans. It’s much happier as a pair of skinny jeans, being quite lightweight. I cut a straight size 10, and shortened the legs by 5cm (I think) before cutting out. As usual I basted them together to check everything was fitting ok, and had to make one more minor adjustment. This fabric has slightly less stretch than my silvery-grey pair, so I needed a bit more room in the calf area. I just graded out to a 1cm seam allowance at the fullest part of my calves, and brought it back to 1.5cm just above the ankle, all the way to 2.5cm at the bottom of the leg.
I think I could probably still stand to bring the ankles in a bit – I have ridiculously tiny ankles compared to my calves.
You can see the pooling around the ankle where there’s a bit too much room. The only problem with making the ankle skinnier is that they’re just about ok to get over my feet, even at this width. Much narrower and I’d be struggling!
As always, I really like the rear view of these jeans – they fit my bum perfectly and definitely hug in all the right places. The creases around the knee are just wearing wrinkles – I’d had these on all day when I took these pictures.
Having been a bit dubious, I’m now a total convert to this high rise malarkey. The pocket stays hold everything in place, and I can wear any length of top without worrying about flashing any parts that shouldn’t be flashed……
In stretch denim, without interfacing, the waistband is really comfy too, despite the height of the rise. This pair and my silvery-grey pair are on high rotation in my wardrobe – they both have pretty good recovery so can be worn at least 3 or 4 times before needing to be washed, and I make the most of that. They’ve completely supplanted my straight leg, lower rise pair of Gingers, but I think my next pair of jeans will be another attempt at the Boyfriend Jeans – I’m getting closer with the fit on those having made another toile in a non-stretch fabric.
And so to the top. This is a very simple, raglan sleeve T-shirt, made from a pattern taken from a RTW top that I loved until it fell to pieces. The fabric is a high quality viscose jersey that has a bit of body to it – I think it came from John Lewis. Anyway, I love the colour and it works perfectly for this top, I didn’t want anything too thin and drapey.
The sleeve length was one of my favourite things about the original RTW top, I do like an elbow length sleeve. The sleeves, neckline and bottom of the top are all finished with bands – again in imitation of the original, but also probably my favourite way to finish a simple T-shirt like this.
I really like the neckline, both front and back – predictable really, it sits wide on my shoulders and is low enough that I don’t feel constricted. I’ll definitely be making more of these.