Friday, October 3, 2014

Wyome Boyfriend Jeans

I made the Wyome Boyfriend Jean!  I had such great results with the Jaime, that I was anxious to give these a try.  I decided to make them in a 36.  I felt like I was a little borderline with a 34, thinking that it was a safe bet to go up a size.  Well, I don't think that was such a good idea.  Why can't I just leave things alone?


from the shirt edge down, the fit looks pretty good.


I'm happy with the back, although I did take a big chunk of fabric out of the CB seam.  I also brought the pockets up.  I could tell from the pattern picture that I probably wouldn't like them that low.  I am happy with the pocket placement.


Side looks pretty good too.  A nice looser fit, which is why I wanted the pattern, but not baggy...yet.



Here is where this fit is a fail for me.  Darn it!  However, going up a size I don't think would account for this HUGE amount of excess fabric for me.  If I make in a 34, how do I compensate for this and what adjustment would I make.  Why is there so much fabric here?
Help!!  

I think a better fit would have been a 34 in the waist and hips and then taper out to a 36 in the legs.

For my buttons, I covered them in denim, which I really like.


Overall, minus my error of making them too big, I really like this pattern.  It is well drafted and goes together pretty quickly.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley

16 comments:

  1. That was quick! I think they look quite good, your pocket placement is perfect. So first, how do the waistband and high hips fit? If that's too big, definitely trace at least the top in 34 next time. For me this is the area where the Named fit is the most amazing and a size 36 is just spot on for me. I find their waistband sits exactly where it should both without feeling like it's cutting and without feeling like it could slip of gap. If you had that with the Jamie's in 34 and you lost it here, definitely go down. Second, the excess at the front crotch, I think this is essentially the style of the pants, to look like borrowed men's pants but in fact be quite fitted to a woman. I looked at a lot of RTW examples and there are various ways this is achieved, but essentially it's monkeying with the back pockets and adding excess at the front. Most the retail version have various forms of distressing or whiskering in the front excess to emphasize the look. In the pair I made, I definitely notice the difference in the cut, but I like the effect visually and in the increased movement of the jeans. I also really like the way they look on my thighs. But the tradeoff is it's not as flattering on the bum and I'll style them differently. Now, that of course doesn't mean you shouldn't alter the fit if it's not to your liking or it's just too exaggerated for you. Going down a size would probably decrease the effect but I think you're right it won't make it go away because I think it was intentional. But if you want to alter, I'd suggest pulling out the Jamie pattern and first compare the front curve on the two styles and see what you can change. My guess is it will mean adding more fabric to the front curve. I did compare the two as I was making them, but I can't remember exactly what I saw there. I think it's also a matter of these jeans being designed for legs resting with a wider stance, if that makes sense. I noticed this once in the Ottobre kids patterns, I tried to make a pair of jeans for my daughter which I thought were quite unisex but when she tried them on her I could see they were drafted differently than what I usually made her and the legs seemed sort of A-frame. Sorry to ramble hopes it helps, I think you have a very good starting point, I'm sure you'll get them to what you like. And beautiful topstitching especially on the pockets.

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    1. Thank you! I'm really happy with them overall, but it is a style that I haven't worn in such a long time. That probably has a lot to do with it. My RTW jeans are nice, but too tight in the legs because I seem to be between sizes. Women's are too big but juniors run tight everywhere but the waist. I didn't think to compare the front curve, but I just now did with my RTW jeans and see that this pattern is about 2 inches lower there than my other jeans. Good advice on comparing the Jaime with this one. Maybe I should make a muslin next time and get something made between the two Named jeans. I want a looser fitting jean, but I don't like the extra fabric in the front and that seems to be because the curve is too low for me. I'm pretty short and don't have much length in the torso. Where they sit at the waist is great!

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    2. So I wore mine again yesterday and I definitely have less fabric at center front than you, I'm sure my tummy shape is the explanation. But I still hold it's essentially the style of the pant, but you probably will be happier if you find a way to reduce it some. I do think yours look very good as is.

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    3. I took out the Jaime jean pattern and compared it to this one, and there is probably a good 2" longer in the front curve. I think that is why the Jaime ended up fitting me so well. I'm short waisted, so the added length of the curve on top of one size too big definitely is the culprit I think. I definitely will try shortening the curve and possibly take out a bit of the button panel, having one less button too. The back is great, so I don't want to fiddle with that any. Glad to hear you don't have all the excess fabric. Oh the joys of sewing!! LOL I love it even though it frustrates me sometimes.

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  2. Boyfriend jeans are supposed to fit like that. They look great!

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    1. Thanks Amy! I'm feeling better about them now with positive feedback!!

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  3. I have a tendency to make things too big... They do look great in the back and the legs, but yeah I would try to get them smaller in the waist. I like the denim buttons!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! I have always wanted to try to make a button fly, but I didn't have any jeans buttons and didn't want to have to go buy 5 of them. It is hard enough to get one in correctly, let alone 5. Lucky me I had 2 packages of buttons to cover.

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  4. I think the fit looks pretty good! I can't offer any advice on fitting pants as I have failed at nearly every pair of pants I've ever made. I do have trouble with extra fabric around the front fly/crotch area on any pair of rtw pants I own. Not sure what's up with that.

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    1. Thanks Liza Jane! I'm on a mission to try several patterns out. I have a Vogue jean pattern on my list next. One thing is for sure, I'll getting a lot of experience at sewing jeans! This pair was the best at sewing I have done, so my husband told me it was worth my time invested. I just wish I had made a 34. Now I'm still on the fence if this pattern will work for me or not.

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  5. I think they look great! perfectly comfy and slouchy, just how you want boyfriend jeans to fit :)

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  6. You are becoming a master at jeans Shirley! They look fabulous (with exception to the front top - but even that part looks ok). I agree that going down in size won't help that poof much - it looks like you need to pinch out some fabric. I see you compared it to the Jamie jean and it looks like you have it figured out :D Great job!

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    1. Thanks Kristin! I'm on a mission to find a jean I like, especially since I can't seem to find the perfect jean in the store (not at a price I want to pay). I know I'll eat up some denim trying, but in the end, it should pay off. I really want to try the Angela Wolf jean pattern--it is going on my Christmas wish list!

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  7. Wow, the covered buttons are very cool. I think the style is cute on you, but I can see how the ease had you wondering. I guess they are a far cry from Mom jeans! And, uh, that's a good thing, anyway!

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    1. Ha Ha....yes, no mom jeans! I don't like anything high waisted anymore. I really want to redo these in a smaller size and take up the crotch, but it is so much work. I think maybe just cropping them off as a shorts muslin would be good. I know the legs work for me on this pattern.

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