This pattern review has been written by Loopy Mabel’s Closet. Follow her journey towards making a handmade wardrobe over on her YouTube Channel for lots of sewing inspiration Vlogs.
This pattern review has been supported by Modelo Fabrics.
My First Attempt at Making Jeans
I have been dressmaking now for nearly two years and during this time I have sewn some amazing garments. My handmade wardrobe is looking really healthy to say the least. I have made blouses, tunics, trousers and jumpsuits, but never ventured into making jeans.
So, I thought now is the perfect time to make some for my latest sewing contribution with The Sewing Directory, in conjunction with Modelo Fabrics.
Getaway Jeans Sewing Pattern
I chose the Getaway Jeans pattern by The Sewing Workshop because I liked the style of the tapered leg and also because it looked like a fairly easy pattern to sew. I wanted to ease myself into making my first pair of jeans and so didn’t want anything that involved anything overly technical. Also, not having made any of The Sewing Workshop patterns before, I was intrigued to see how well the pattern design was and how thorough the overall pattern instructions were.
Find a UK stockist for the Getaway Jeans pattern here.
Stretch Denim Fabric
The pattern fabric suggestions included stretch denim, denim, stretch woven, corduroy and cotton twill. I chose Indigo Stretch Denim from the Springfield Range by Modelo Fabrics.
It’s a lovely deep shade of blue, with 94% cotton and 6% elastane and 53inches wide. With 15 shades to choose from I was spoilt for choice.
See here for stockists of the Indigo Stretch Denim that I used.
Not only are there 15 lovely stretch denim shades to choose from in the Springfield Range, but there are also 10 non-stretch denims to choose from. The stretch denim has a great weight of 294 gsm, making it perfect for jeans, pinafores and dungarees.
Great Pattern For Beginners
From the moment I cut this pattern out I knew it was going to be a really easy sewing project. The instructions were super easy to follow, with step by step diagrams too! Each stage was a dream to sew and I found that my jeans were made up in just a few hours! From inserting the zip and fly to adding the topstitching detail, I really enjoyed the whole process. Not once did I have to scratch my head in confusion, which I have had with some sewing patterns. This is definitely a pattern I would recommend for any confident beginner sewist.
I was quite pleasantly surprised as to how easy they were to make. For some reason I thought the whole jeans making process was long-winded and overly technical. How wrong I was and knew I just had to enlighten my YouTube subscribers on this pattern.
YouTube Channel Pattern Review
All of my sewing projects are reviewed on my YouTube channel, always stating how easy or technical I found each pattern. I like to be able to inspire and encourage beginner sewists to be confident and try new sewing patterns.
This pattern is definitely one I would recommend for anyone wanting to try their first pair of jeans.
Secret Pyjama Jeans
These jeans are super comfortable to wear. They are a slim tapered leg style that sits at the natural waist. There is also a back yoke and elastic back on the waistband. All these design features along with using stretch denim add to a comfortable and flattering fit.
The pattern sizing covers from XS to 4X, so a great range for everyone. I chose to make the small size, purely from the finished garment measurements. Not having made anything in a small size before, I am usually a medium or large in sewing patterns, I was a little worried that they may not fit me. I was pleasantly surprised though at how well they fit me.
As this is my first ever pair of jeans I am totally loving how they turned out. They fit like a glove and I am really loving the top stitching detail too. With the added diagonal darts below the zipper it’s a great design feature.
I was so pleasantly surprised with how easy my first pair of jeans were to make. I know they are going to be well worn for sure and can’t wait to make another pair. Perhaps in a coloured denim next time!
If you were like me, thinking you could never make a pair of jeans, then I hope I have inspired you to have a go at making these jeans for yourself too!
Thanks for reading and happy sewing!
Jayne – Loopy Mabel’s Closet