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Monday, November 2, 2015

Jalie Eleonore

Jalie Eleonore 3461

I've seen these pants many times of Pattern Review but none of the sewers look like me. It seemed that only smaller sized were being sewn but the sometimes I do hop on the "bandwagon" and what everybody else is doing. I purchased the pattern from Pattern Review and it arrived soon after.

In case you didn't know I am mostly a Big 4 sewer. I know the adjustments I need to make but pants are always particularly problematic. I've got a butt and it's not going anywhere! I also hate tracing patterns. Seeing the lines sometimes presents a problem but mostly it because I just don't like doing it. So what an old broad supposed to do? I traced the pattern doing an episode of Project Runway. There's only seven pattern pieces and went very smoothly.

The pattern is described as Pull-On Jeans. Of course my first thought was "Mom Jeans" but the pattern goes on to say they are "stretch pull-on jeans (long or cropped) with wide waistband. Yoke, faux fly in the front, patch pockets in the back. Fitted fitted through waist and hips, straight from the knee down. Very easy to turn into skinny jeans. While I'm a 16 in RTW, someone wearing a size 20 in a pattern should never describe their jeans as "skinny." But I digress.

I chose a lightweight denim from my stash. After comparing to pattern to a pair of denim leggings-like pull-on RTW pants, I decided to add a 3" wedge underneath the back pocket and a 3/4" wedge to the crotch in the front. From their I followed the sewing directions. I will add this is my first Jalie pattern and I don't necessarily like that the directions are printed on the same single page as the pattern pieces.

The directions and illustrations are very good. An experienced sewer probably doesn't need them but I liked having them handy. Everything was straightforward. I used the size BB pattern and was skeptical about them fitting. Even when I got them to the "try-on" stage I was still skeptical. When I finally sewed on the waistband and had a "try-on" with shoes, I was pleasantly surprised. The pants were a wonderful fit. I've got some wrinkles in the back but they don't bother me at all. I love the shape of the legs and am really impressed that I didn't need to add length. Although I was also skeptical of the 3/8" seam allowance not allow room for alterations...I didn't need any. No I know what all the fuss is about. I LOVE YOU ELEONORE! I do have one minor alteration to make. The front waist is pull to the back as the front pattern piece is wider than the back. I'm going to shave that amount off the front and add it to the back. Then I'll use my front waistband for the back and vice versa. I can't even describe how comfortable these are. They feel like pajamas. No kidding! I might add front pockets but not sure I will. If you've been on the fence about this pattern, take the plunge, you won't be sorry.

Here's so not so good photos. My dog kept photobombing me and the sun is in the wrong position. No hair or makeup and I didn't want you'll to think I had on a Halloween mask. LOL. I'm going to take better pictures later but I just couldn't wait to spew how much I like this pattern. Don't judge me for the back picture. I don't know why I have the jeans hiked up like that. They really do look and feel good on me. This is also the only top I could find that almost matched. I'm pretty sure I won't wear them together.







11 comments:

  1. Those look GREAT on you! Nice, slim fit but with just enough slouch to be called jeans. Did you denim have much stretch? I must give this pattern a try!

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  2. Hey now...you had me at PINK DENIM!!! Love, love, love these. The fit is fabulous and you look fabulous in them! Nice work Rachelle!!!

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  3. Prelude to my comment: I did read the entire post. I was very eager to see your finished product and it was worth the short wait. Love your pink jeans! Maybe one day I'll get time to make a pair.

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  4. So happy to hear they worked for you. Looks like I need this pattern!

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  5. You may have sold me. I love Jalie but haven't tried too many of the pants due to my "muscular" thighs. You can download the instructions from their site as a PDF and then print so you have separate instructions.

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  6. Those pants look great on you! Can't wait to see what else you do with them!

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  7. These pants look great on you - congratulations! Pants are so hard to fit but you have done so beautifully. I love your dog - what an adorable ham.

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  8. They look great! And dog photobombs are cute. :-)

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  9. I think the pants look great...and I love the dog :)

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  10. These are beautiful pants, and the fit is great on you.

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  11. Perfect timing. I have this pattern but was on the fence as I don't have a skinny body for skinny jeans and do have a significant butt. Where exactly did you add those 3 inches? You look fabulous in these and now I have seen them on a real figure I am going to get mine made. Love your blog, great writing style (and I teach writing) always look forward to reading it. Thank you.

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