Gingham Ginger Snap: Closet Case Pattern’s Ginger Jeans
Guys!!! They’re here!!!
I feel like my mom when I type with multiple punctuation marks, but sometimes I need to express my pure unadulterated excitement. I feel like I should preface this post by saying: I know these are by no means perfect, but they’re definitely the best jeans I’ve ever owned, and I never thought they were something I was capable of making. About a year ago when everyone was hoping on the Ginger train I was like,
“That’s nice for all of you but that’s never going to happen.”
But after realizing how quickly I go through jeans (A pair will usually wear out in the thighs for me between 4-6 months) and how much money I was spending on jeans that didn’t even fit well, I began to rethink my ability to sew my own jeans.
I took the Gingers in steps. I bought the pattern while I was drunk one night, and when the print pattern arrived in the mail (that’s how you know I was drunk, why would I order a print pattern???) I bit the bullet and bought some fabric. I’m also 85% sure I bought the wrong denim for this project. Not a complete failure, but definitely a learning experience. I ordered this denim from mood, which sounds very fancy but despite being marketed as stretch denim has next to no stretch. I may be a little jaded by the impossibly thin skinny jeans denim I’m used to, but by the time I had these fitted and on my body I realized there was going to be no toe touching in these jeans. I spent the day these pics were taken at the market with Sam, and I spent a lot of time pointing at things on the ground and yelling “Sam! Pick that up for me!” Nicely, of course.
The pattern was readable, modern, and a joy to sew. I was so nervous to start sewing these, but once I started I didn’t want to stop. The biggest issue for me was the top stitching over the zipper flap and applying the beltloops. I think both of these problems stemmed from the multiple thick layers of denim paired with the thick top stitching thread on my sweet baby quilting machine. She’s very sensitive.
I’m thinking I might cut one size smaller if (when) I make these again. I cut out the largest size, a 20, and did a lot of leg and waist tapering. I also raised the hip rise an inch, because I love high high high waisted jeans and YOLO. To be honest I probably could have left them as is and been happy with them, but I’m so used to ready to wear jeans being “high waisted” and they barely get over my hips. Also these jeans are super impressively long! I was so pleasantly surprised by this. I’m 5’10” and I like the look of ankle grazers, but ready to wear ankle grazers always hit mid calf on me. I’m obsessed with rolling these jeans up and living the godamn dream.
Also, I may have made a small error in these pictures by wearing these jeans the day before and then taking these pictures the next day without a wash. Non stretch denim doesn’t have the same bounce back, and on Saturday these jeans were HUGGING THOSE CURVES. By Sunday morning, they looked like this. A little baggy in my weird butt (I have a weird butt. Lots of upper hip chunk and then a little flatter on the bottom) but still doing the job well enough. I plan to shoot these again when I finish my Kalle Cropped Blouse, so I’ll try to get more accurate pics then.
That’s all folks! I would love to hear from more curvy ladies who have experiences sewing jeans. I want to make a pair of embroidered Morgan Jeans soon too, so stay tuned!