Rebecca Page Skinny Jeans & Jeggings
I have had jeans on my "to make" list for a while now. I have actually tried a few other pairs by Rebecca Page, but this one is absolutely my favorite, because it has an option for "jeggings" as well jeans with a faux-fly or regular fly. As always, RP's instructions walk you through each part of the pattern in detail, so you can succeed even if you don't have much experience in fitting pants. Without further ado, let me tell you about Rebecca Page's Skinny Jeans pattern.
Finished Measurements - Every Rebecca Page pattern has a finished measurements chart. The finished measurements chart differs from a size chart in that it lets you know how much ease is intended in a particular pattern. This pattern's finished measurement chart is seriously amazing. It has measurements for the waist, top thigh, hip, mid thigh, knee, inside leg, ankle, midcalf, and front and back rise. You can compare your measurements to the finished measurements chart (and subtract 10%, as the fitting instructions suggest), and you can fit these skinny jeans to every part of your leg. Have a wide calf? No problem. Need extra room in the thighs? Super-easy. Want to adjust the length? The instructions tell you exactly how to do that.
Ease - A patter will either have positive ease (imagine a woven dress that doesn't cling to your body at all) or negative ease (like workout gear or a swimsuit). The intended ease is determined by comparing the size chart to the finished measurements chart. If the number for the hips in the size chart for a particular size is larger than the finished measurement number for the hips, the pattern will have "negative ease." If the size chart number is smaller than the finished measurement number, the pattern will have "positive ease." This pattern has about 10% negative ease, which means you must use a fabric that will stretch: either a stretch knit or a stretch woven.
Stretch Percentage - Each pattern will have its own fabric requirements, and these usually include a stretch percentage for that fabric. The stretch percentage means how much does the fabric stretch when you pull on it. It is usually given in vertical and horizontal stretch. If you can pull a five-inch section of fabric to ten inches, that fabric has 100% horizontal stretch. If you can only pull that five-inch section to seven-and-a-half inches, it has 50% horizontal stretch. This particular pattern calls for fabric with 20% stretch if you are inserting the fly zipper. This will be your typical stretch denim. Or you can use fabric with 50% stretch if you're making the "jeggings" version. This may be a fabric more like ponte or scuba.
The Logic - Sewing it up
This pattern is fairly straightforward. The first step is to add the pockets to the back. Aren't they cute?!
And then you do the front pocket and the fly/faux fly. The pocket instructions look like they would be difficult or confusing, but I promise if you read each step and do as suggested, they will magically turn into regular jeans pockets!! I made the faux-fly on these, as these are jeggings. It looks like regular jeans from the front, but the waistband is elastic, which makes them a lot easier to put on/take off.
After that, the construction feels fairly normal. There are instructions for the serger with topstitching (like I did here), as well as for a flat fell seam (like I will do on the "real jeans" that I have cut out).
I paired this one with another new RP pattern, the Wrap Cardigan. This one was a super-fast sew, and it goes perfectly with the pants :)
Here are the links I used one more time:
And the link for the coordinating women's jeans/jeggings:
And that's about all there is to it! She absolutely loves these for playing all the day long. And they work great for chasing the ducks at the park!
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