|I had big plans for a late spring eve photo shoot outside, alas there is a distinct lack of photographers! So selfies it is.|
|I'm happy with my rear.|
|I must growing wiser in old age, these are in no way perfect, yet I'm still quite happy with them.|
|I was going for a matt black Oslo-chic look|
It turns out that I have skinny and slim jeans mixed up. Skinny=not a good look on me. And these legs are SKINNY. I have very puny calves, but the lower legs are still too tight for me and bunch weirdly around the knees. This problem is mitigated when I roll up the hems and go for a 50's rockabilly kind of look. Most of this is probably that my stretch denim isn't stretchy enough. I had to go up a size to a 40 to accommodate the lack of stretch - everything would have worked better if I'd sewn my regular size 38 in a stretchier fabric.
The inner crotch seam (running from ankle to ankle) is probably closer to a 38 now anyway, since I took that in a bit.
Interestingly my fabric has that old-fashioned, pre-Seven Jeans texture. Do you remember buying jeans in the 80s? When they felt like cardboard for the first month or so, till you slowly started to break them in? This is that kind of fabric (with a little lycra thrown in). I don't actually mind it because it feels a little retro in an interesting sort of way.
The sewing was all very straightforward - no hiccups at all except for one major issue - sometime back in the mid-90s I made a few skirts that had a men's style trouser fly. So, naturally, I figured I had that skill on lock. If I'd done it once in the 90s I should be able to do it now. Wrong. My zip is buggered up. I think that I should have scooted the zipper further over before I made the initial insertion - right now you can see the zip which obviously defeats the point of the fly. Oh well - like I said - successful failure. I think I understand what I did wrong and I'll do it right next time. I can't get my Mom's machine to sew a zig-zag stitch - so no buttonhole yet.
I'm wondering if taking in the legs more would improve the overall look?
I love the backside of these jeans - I think they fit decently.
I added a small loop of black grosgrain ribbon to give it a bit of Swedish design flair. But in the future I think I'll use stretchier fabric, go down a size and use more convention jean legs to get a more flattering fit.
I would LOVE any constructive criticism on the fit...