In 2019 I gave myself two sewing projects to work towards: a bra and a pair of jeans. The bra is mostly completed and sadly in the totally incorrect size but the jeans are done and I am rather in love!
These are the Workroom Social Claryville Jeans. I was absolutely smitten with these when I first saw them because they’re drafted for a pear/hourglass shape, have extra room in the calves and are a classic fit with a mid-rise waist. This is basically catnip for me and then when I saw that they cuffed super well I basically threw my dollars at my computer. Except not literally because I am hoarding all my dollars for my USA road trip later this year to see lots of national parks and perhaps fill my suitcase with fabric.
For the fabric, I called the team at The Fabric Store in Sydney and they sent up a batch of samples. In the end this is a 2% stretch denim from Marc Jacobs that came in at $6 a metre. Seriously. I ended up grabbing 3m to make a pair of jeans shorts (jorts?!) for fitting purposes. In hindsight I should have ponied ups the extra $6 and gotten enough for two pairs. Because spoiler–the test jorts worked!
Construction wise, this project took time but I broke this down into short sewing chunks over the course of October. I found the fly construction different to what I have encountered before but it turned out well. I also decided to make these fun and more me by using hot pink thread for my overlocker and adding a random pocket design which I ended up freaking loving. Go 2019 Amanda improvised design skills!
Fit wise, this is freaking delightful! When I sewed my jorts the only change I made was to shorten the zip and raise the end of it by 2cm. I found the fly was way too long on me and it looks much better now. I also had the outer seams let out by 1cm on each side but when it came time to sew my final pair I pulled these in to the actual seam line. These are the first jeans I have sewn that haven’t twisted around my right thigh so far that the seams are 90 degrees of where they should be by the hem. I was mentally starting to feel defeated by jeans but I think *touch wood* the curse is lifted!
What I liked about this pattern:
- The aforementioned lack of twisted leg. This was a game changer.
- The drafting for a larger hip to waist ratio. It was so damn awesome to be a straight size!
- The cut. This is type of jeans I buy to wear. Now I just have to get the guts to cut into my Cone Mills Denim I’ve been hoarding for three? four? years now…
What I would change for next time:
- I may try a different fly insertion. This one was a bit puzzling. Or perhaps I should try it again and practise…
- I may take a bit of the extra room out of the calf area. Though my muscly leg ladies are loving having some space to breathe.
- I’m going to wait til it cools a bit and I get to wear these in before I examine any other tweaks.
Pattern: Claryville Jeans by Workroom Social
Fabric: 2m of Marc Jacobs bargain denim from The Fabric Store, Alice in Wonderland quilting cotton from before I started sewing
Notions: jeans zip, button and rivets, thread, interfacing, label
Alterations: shortened the zip and fly by 2cm
Overall I freaking love these so dang much. The sense of relief I felt to sew a pair of jeans that fit my body (which has changed significantly since my ankle rebuild, natch) is really empowering and yet another reminder for me about why sewing is so awesome. And for the final stage of my jeans sewing journey I implemented the last test: ninja kick ability. I rate these–KA-POW!
PS no Beanie bandana for this one as it is an older make.