Him: You need to buy some new ones. All your jeans are starting to look old.
My husband can be brutally honest, even when no one has asked him for his opinion. So today I made a pair of denim trousers. I wanted a pair that would look good dressed up or down.
I brought the fabric about a month ago for the trousers. The fabric is Sew Classic bottomweight- 4 oz dark wash denim fabric from my local Joann Fabric store. The fabric for the pockets and waistband facings came from my stash.
I used Simplicity 2860 which is part of the Amazing Fit line of patterns. I cut the front a size 14 and the back a size 16. Since I wanted a close fit, I use the slim cut. I redrew the center front line to be on the lengthwise grain and drafted on the fly extension. I don’t like seams in the fly area; my abdomen is not flat and I don’t need any extra bulk in that area. I drafted the front pocket and fly facing as one piece. I tapered the pattern in at knee area by ½” on the side and inseam seams for a slightly flared look.
I used navy blue thread for the topstitching since I wanted the look of dressy trousers and not jeans. The inseam and crotch seams are welt seams with two rows of topstitching. The side seams plain seams stitched twice for strength. The hem, pocket edge and waistband have two rows of topstitching.
Daughter: You didn’t put pockets on the back?
Me: No. I don’t care for pockets on my butt. I don’t put anything in my back pockets.
Daughter turns around to show me that her phone is in her back pocket. She’s funny. She’s barely a size 2 and I am 45 pounds heavier than her. Seriously, I am not putting my phone in a back pocket!
I did not make a muslin to test the fit before cutting the pants. I like the fit, but I think I will tweak it a little on the next pair. Husband likes the new pants, so I guess I am good for a while.