Straight-Legged Jeans: The Betty
Bam! That’s right. I just started you off with a picture of my bum. Which is covered in Bs. And, those Bs make these my “Betty” jeans. My straight-legged Betty jeans.
Why Bs? Just because. I put As on the pockets of my first jeans, so I figured I’d put Bs on these. I also named them just because. I’ve already put Cs on the pockets of my orange skinnies, and I’ve already named those as well. (Clair, if you’re curious.) By the time I’m making my “Zelda” jeans, I’ll be ready to make them out of straight gold.
Since these are the second pair of jeans for my SWAP (and my eleventh and final garment for it!), I wanted them to be slightly different than my first. Not only did I try to get a better fit, but I also attempted to make them skinny. The Jalie 2908 pattern breaks the leg into two pieces, one from the knee up and the other from the knee down. As is, the pattern is drafted for a boot-cut leg, which I followed exactly for my first pair. For this pair I took the lower half of the leg and made it drop straight down from the knee. Though I wanted them to be “skinny”, I was worried about taking off too much width. As it turns out, you have to be much more daring to make true skinny jeans. (We’ll see if I’ve been so bold this next round when those orange side seams get sewn together – we’ll also see if they fit. There’s almost no stretch at all in my orange denim.) But, in all honesty, I’ll get a lot more wear out of these than the jeans I originally had in my head.
To get a better fit, I followed a lot of the lessons I learned from the Jean-ius class on Craftsy. With a few minor adjustments to the pattern, I was able to get rid of most of the bagginess in the front crotch, the back upper thigh area, and, most importantly, the back waist. You have no idea how excited I was to find that I can wear these jeans without a belt!
A little detail that I’m really excited about is the fact that there are dragons in my pockets. Shh! They’re sleeping.
A detail that I’m not so excited about is the fact that this denim is a cat fur magnet. The woman on the jeans fitting video that Zilredloh posted earlier this week recommended pre-washing denim with a can of coke to soften it up. I plan to try it out to see if it also helps keep the cat fur at bay. I figure it can’t hurt, right?
If you’re a jeans person and haven’t yet made your own, I strongly recommend that you try. Jeans really are super easy. All you need to do is make sure your machine doesn’t mind sewing through lots of layers since denim can get really thick. But, it’s worth it. Look at how happy I am with my new jeans (crazy hair and all)!