|The original GVs, funny how dated they looked a few years ago and how much fresher they seem now.|
|I really like the front view - more or less perfect Hasbeens Jeans.|
NOTE: it is IMPOSSIBLE to get decent photos right now. These are the best of the bunch, and involved a self-timer, two very elderly neighbors and my mother's ultra-sweet, but not camera-savvy carer. Don't be surprised if this post shows up again in your reader once I get some decent shots.
|Better in this shot, no?|
|Yup. Getting pictures is kinda frustrating right now.|
I wanted the high-waisted skinny-legged Ginger affect, but without the unfortunate mono-butt that Gingers give me. This is the same, fabulous, Burda pattern from 3/2014. It's a super skinny jean, with a low-rise.
Changes: I added 3cm (I speak Europe now) to the waist height. 1.5 cm to the yoke and 1.5 cm to the back and 3cm to the front all in one place, just below the waist. I folded out a horizontal wedge from just beneath the bottom of the zip to the side seam - this seems to have taken care of the excess fabric at the cr*tch. I wish I'd been thinking clearly enough to experiment with the leg width - I really want jeans that are closer to stovepipes with a tiny flair at the bottom to accommodate heels. Yes, bootlegs by another name. As they are, these are the perfect jeans to wear with Hasbeens. In fact, I believe I will call these the "Hasbeen Jeans." I subbed in the Ginger waistband, but increased the center back fold angle - i.e., made the curve of the waistband more extreme.
I cut off a sliver of both front and back at the upper, inner thigh to make them just a tiny bit tighter and more flattering.
There are lots and lots of mistakes. the zip faces the wrong way, the button isn't in the right place, etc. In fact the front of the jeans looks a little askew. I can't tell if it's an optical illusion because I don't have top stitching on the opposite side of the fly. But oh well. Next time!
High waists are where it's at! It's taken me a little time to get used to it, but with the higher waist my jeans are more securely anchored; I tend to get saggy-butt in my store-bought jeans by mid-afternoon, since the fabric stretches and slips down as the day progresses. High-waisted styles grip my high-waist in the right place. They feel more secure, and I no longer have to worry about flashing my underwear around town. If anything I suspect that I'll make the waist a teen bit narrower, to really hold me in with that Brooke Shields / My Calvins / Gloria Vanderbilt disco look.
|The iconic Brooke Shields image - exactly what I want right now!|