Thursday, December 3, 2015

Jeans and Stuff

I made pants.

        I made jeans.

I mean.....I actually made a pair of jeans!

I'm shouting from the roof tops! I have never made a pair of pants for fear of all the fitting involved, but to go from never have made a pair of pants, to making jeans is quite impressive, if I don't say so myself.

Once again, I pattern tested for Kennis at Itch to Stitch. I know that I've said this before, but I just love her and I love her patterns because they fit me so well. But this time, I tested 2 of her patterns at one time. So let's start with the star of my show....the jeans.

These are Liana Stretch jeans. They are so comfy, yet I think I look like a hot mama in them. The pattern size ranges from 00-20 and there are 3 different leg options: skinny, straight and boot cut. I chose to do size 2 in skinny leg. Straight and boot cut just never really looks good on me and I think that skinny jeans are pretty on trend right now. Plus I have 2 teenage daughters that would talk about me if I did anything other than skinny jeans!

The instructions were truly amazing. For someone that has never done pants, I can say...there was never a head scratching moment.

I will say that my choice of denim was not the best. The pattern calls for denim with some stretch, which I did not have in my stash, so I had to settle for stretch denim from Joann fabrics. It's not the best, but it certainly is not the worst. After wearing these jeans for a while, as you can see, it did stretch out quite a bit in the knee area and in the butt. next pair will be better.

Overall, I love the pattern. I like the fact that I can choose which type of leg that I want and I love the fact that I did not have to make any alterations.

While testing the jeans, Kennis sent out another tester call for a top. Of course I jumped all over that!

This is Irena Knit top, also from Itch to Stitch. It is described as a cozy, casual top. It can be worn as a fitted top using jersey or interlock fabric or you can make it out of a sweater knit for a more light weight sweater top. It features a pull over V-neck band, sleeve bands and bottom band.
Let me caution you on the fabric.

My first version of the top was made out of "true" sweater knit fabric from Mood fabrics. That did not work out so well. When I was done, it was all kinds of stretched out, so I had to toss that out. I couldn't even block it back into shape. So I panicked and ran out to Joann and found this amazing sweater knit that seems to be backed with some kind of knit fabric (ponte maybe?). Either way, it was easy to work with and great for this pattern.

Once again, I made a size 2, which is my usual, but I think for this one, I probably should have gone down to a size 1. The fit is good but there are some buckles and wrinkles that bother me. Oh well. I'll still wear it though. Both Irena top and Liana jeans pair well together. Very comfy, I must say.

Both patterns are on sale right now so hurry on over if you're thinking about it.

Until next time,

1 comment :

  1. They look amazing on you...I love the top also, I bought the Irena Top pattern the other day. Looking forward to making it. You look gorgeous...;o}


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