I fell in love with the classic pair that Laura had made for her listing, so I wanted to sew a pair for Elijah.
And honestly, Laura has made an incredible pattern. I have to hold back from gushing over the Small Fry Skinny Jeans (aka SFSJ). But I think it is clear when you look at the consistency of every pair on this tour and from testers, this pattern is TNT, dynamite. It is no simple sew, but at the same time it is comprehensive enough to take you through each step and get excellent results.
The pattern is on sale until March 15th with the code TOUR20.
I measured Elijah before picking a size, he is well and truly a size 4 now, but he is growing so tall that I decided to lengthen the hem to the size 5 and make a cuff.
I printed the pattern out at my local print shop, and then... *gasp*... cut the size I wanted. It took me a while to make this decision, but I don't think I will be sewing jeans again until next year, and I think the sting of paying another $3 wont be too bad.
The pattern features A LOT of topstitching, I borrowed my mum's machine so that I didn't have to swap threads during sewing. Her machine only has one speed... fast! It was interesting getting used to it again as it was the machine I started my sewing adventures on.
I had no idea what sort of design to do on the back pockets, so rather than leave them totally plain I did something random. I think it looks okay.
Some of the sewing isn't perfect, there are variations in the distances between all the topstitching. I gritted my teeth and ignored my perfectionism, because I know I am the only one who can see what I am talking about.
Oh and I LOVE flat felled seams. Its official. See... I had mentioned to Laura I was going to just save myself the hassle and just serge those seams, but she pointed out to me that flat fells actually take less sewing, only 2 passes by the machine. Essentially if you do serge the seams there is 4 passes through (sew, serge, topstitch, topstitch). Well I am so glad I tried them. They look SO good!
I am so super happy with the jeans! They look incredible. I love seeing all the different versions on the tour. Today Amanda from Kitschy Coo and Sabra at Sew A Straight Line are also posting their jeans so head on over there to take a look :)
Don't forget to grab your copy of the Small Fry Skinny Jeans for 20% while the tour is on, just use the code TOUR20.