Finally, my jeans are complete!
You might recall these jeans were originally intended to be a muslin, for a followup made with sangria (or “hot strawberry”) denim. Being made with stretch denim, and having never made the pattern before, I had no idea how well they would fit.
The answer: much better than I expected, and good enough that these jeans certainly earn the title “wearable muslin”. In fact, aside from one or two fit issues, they can be considered “finished product”.
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The waist is perhaps a tad roomy, but that’s probably just the effect of the stretch denim. Leg length, rise, and crotch depth all seem really good.
The big fit issue is an extra bit of bagginess along the rear thigh. This photo shows the issue well.
I’m thinking about how to alter the pattern to take in some of this slack for the next pair.
There’s also a funny pucker where the pocket facing runs up against the side seams. It happens on both left and right, moreso on the right side. The above photo shows you the issue for the left side, but the other photos don’t show the right side so well. I’m not so sure what happened here – it might have been a problem with the stretch denim, or the way I constructed the side seams. In any event, it’s very minor.
I’m thinking the next pair might be made from some of the white stretch corduroy in my fabric stash, given that the stretch denim pair turned out so well. All of my crabbing about stretch denim notwithstanding, I think I learned a lot from working with it and can do a better job next time around.
All said, I think Kwik Sew 3504 is a real home run. The fit is really good, needing only minor alterations for the body size it was intended for. It produces a pair of jeans that look great, and could pass for something off a store shelf. The instructions were great, and at no point did I feel either the pattern or the instructions were “dumbing things down” so that little Mr. Home Sewer could get through the project. I’ll certainly be making this pattern again.