After debating for quite some time the merits of buying the Ginger Jeans pattern, and boy was it tempting, I eventually decided to err on the side of frugality and use what was already in my collection, the Jalie Jeans pattern.
For past versions of the Jalie Jeans, I have used the bootleg pattern and simply folded in the sides to get my desired leg width but this time I decided to take a less lazy approach and redraw the entire pattern. I also wanted to add some width to the back leg pieces at the hip because the side seam was not straight on me when worn. Pattern pieces now altered, I preceded to make them up.
I actually bought top stitching thread to ensure a professional finish but couldn't decide between two colours. My solution was to use both! For the pocket bags, I cut up a too small white school shirt of my son's. The zip was rescued from an old ready to wear pair of jeans. I decided against using a twin needle to topstitch these jeans, instead stitching two rows of top stitching. It was time consuming changing between two rows of thread but I really did enjoy the jeans making process.
The only real difference between these jeans and rtw, is I didn't flat fell the seams. I really don't think even a seamstress would notice this when worn.
Do I love the result? Oh yes! These have to be the most comfortable jeans I have ever owned! Please excuse the close up butt shot but I had to share the dual coloured stitching. Yes, the fabric is a little stiffer than my rtw counterparts. The only slightly annoying thing about them is I have yet to work out how to permanently secure the button. Despite adding extra denim behind the nail, it tends to want to fall off. I am not sure whether it is the design of the thing or execution. If anyone knows the answer please share.