A nice, quick and easy make. Good old Style Arc ‘Misty’ pull-on jeans, modified in minor ways. I’ve got a little larger since buying this one size pattern, so I allowed a tad extra at CB and side seams. Style Arc use 3/8″ standard seam allowances, which I’m not wild about, I love my good old 5/8″…it works fine for knit fabric though.
The fabric is a lovely leafy green stretch denim, cheap as chips, and I can’t remember where I got it, maybe eBay? Here it is with some of the other goodies I dragged from stash at the same time…
For stretch wovens, I’ve fallen foul a couple of times, because of heading for the overlocker. I often find that the seams pull and rip away from the stitching when overlocked, so I tried to keep to the sewing machine here, and just finished raw edges on the overlocker.
I did a moderate amount of wonky topstitching, normal thread, slightly longer stitch. I don’t go for all that twin needle fuss, I just cracked on!
The other changes: I omitted the mock front side pockets, no point in them, and made the whole body longer, as I’m much happier with a waistline that covers my belly rather than digging into my fattest bits. The waistband is wide elastic, covered in stretch fabric, yoga-trousers-style. I won’t say ‘pants’ I just won’t! I’m English dammit!
The waistband WAS intended to have two rows of elastic, folded into a bit of grey jersey I dug out…but the bloody sewing machine decided to fight me. It just WOULD NOT Stitch, either zig zag or straight.
I changed to a fresh microtex needle. No joy. A fresh jersey needle. No joy. Much swearing, and broken thread later, I bodged it on the overlocker, abandoning the double elastic idea. Then I found I’d made a hole in it when trimming, so had to bodge that too, Serves me right for thinking I’d done a nice neat job on all that top stitching!
I also made the legs wider at the bottom, sort of freehand bootcut, as the skinny styles don’t work with my sturdy Doc Martin style boots. I think it worked, although I could have made them very slightly longer. Good enough.
All in all, I’m well chuffed with these, despite the annoying waistband adventure, and I think they’ll look great with the pale green Style Arc Daisy tunic. What do you think? [Very wrinkled, I’d been wearing them all day at work. And I WILL have to fix the waistband, it kept folding over and annoying me]