SWAP sewing, part three….
My most challenging item first….jeans. I must admit, when I first read about people making jeans, I thought they were nuts. And I figured that they would look so homemade! Then I started seeing pictures. I was so impressed, I decided to give it a try. I chose Burda 7738, mostly because I could get it locally for not too much money. It’s a great pattern and I would recommend it. It does have very flared legs! I took them in quite a bit and as you can they still flare quite a lot. You can read my full review here. I got the denim at Joanns.
I also made black capris from the Wide Leg Pants pattern in Ottobre 2/08. Again, I took the legs in a bit. I made size 38, but forgot to add the seam allowance. I sewed it with a 1/4″ S/A and they fit well. I tried to sew another pair in the same size, but they were way too tight. So I guess the stretch in the black twill made a big difference! I reviewed this pattern also.
The skirt was based off of this pattern, but I ended up changing it quite a bit to fit with the fabric I chose (another denim from Joanns). I didn’t buy enough fabric and had to squeeze this out of it. I love this skirt, but I need to go back and fix the zipper. I only did 1/4″ S/A so it would fit, but the ended up not catching them properly when I sewed the zip it. It also doesn’t lie nicely where the pockets meet on the sides, so I’m hoping I can fix that. Other than that, it’s super cute.
The last item is the Gathered Skirt from Otto 2/08. I love this skirt. I feel a little funny, wearing it, like it looks a little costume-y? I wish I didn’t, because I really do think it’s cute. This is one of the few trouble free items I made, not suprisingly. I used my own skirt pattern, I just used the instructions for the gathered sides.
I must admit, I was pretty dispointed in many of my SWAP items. I haven’t really worn most of them! I hate to even admit that. I guess I should be easier on myself, since many of these items firsts for me. New patterns, new techniques….I’d only made one knit shirt for me before this and I’d never made pants or jeans for me ever. First dress too. And I learned a ton! So all and all, I’m glad I did it. And really, most of the items will be great with a tweak or two.