My first Eleonore

I finally finished my Freaky February garment!  Actually I am rather proud of the accomplishment as you have read that I don't sew pants.  So instead of sewing perhaps a simple pair of pants, I should just jump into sewing jeans, which do require more fitting IMHO.

I still need to hem these jeans and tweak the fit considerably more, I thought I would show you how they turned out for the first pass at trying pull on jeans sewing.  I read and re-read reviews at Pattern Review which were most helpful.

Without further ado


Front view
I reduced the length prior to cut the fabric by one inch, after sewing the front and back pieces, I took out another inch before attaching at inseam and side seams.  There is a lot of fullness in the leg width and they certainly need adjusting.  I tried to lighten the photo to give you a better idea of the fit.

Back view
From the back there is considerable leg fullness from under the butt down.  I know many sewist complained about the size of the back pockets.  On me, I think they look like the right size.  I am pleased at how well I aligned them.  As others reported, I reduced the elastic for the back waistband by 1 inch which improved the fit.

Side view
The side view shows the fullness more in the upper back leg.  I have to read more about adjusting the fit in this area.  I am definitely a novice when it comes to sewing pants/jeans and appropriate fit adjustments.

If any one reading this has suggestions about how to do this, I appreciate your feedback.

So will I sew these again-MAYBE!  I am now going back to sewing more tops as I am wearing current tops to death; with spring/summer on its way, I could use some newer ones.  The top shown with the jeans has been in my rotation for over 3 or 4 years.  The knit is still in great shape and the fit is better than when I first made it.  





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  1. I think these are pretty good looking. You are close. I have the same issue with bagginess at the back thigh. I've searched for someone's alteration for this pattern to address that, but so far have come up with nothing. I also reduced some length from the pattern just above crotch level as a petite adjustment. Just a skosh, and it got rid of that excess bagginess just at hip level. I almost always do that on pants patterns, however.
    I persevering, because I find this pattern to be very comfortable and easy to wear.

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    1. Thanks Cindy for your feedback. Interestingly I am a petite but added an inch to back and front rise. I think now I should reduce that inch for the back because of sway back adjustment I did not make. I think I will also take deeper seam from knee down so the jeans are closer to a skinny jean.

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  2. I think there's a Kenneth King alteration called the fisheye dart that fixes this. It's on the Threads blog. I like the idea of pull on jeans, they look good.

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    1. Thank you for that info. I go to their blog occasionally but will search for this info.

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    2. Oh good - this is what I was going to suggest. Linda, I did a couple posts on this when I tried it the first time, has some more links. Can search for 'fisheye' on my page if you like. Meanwhile, how cute are these! I like the little flare you have at the bottom :-) Nice work.

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  3. If you look on youtube and look at the silhouette patterns videos. she covers jeans in the fit 2 stich show 108 hope this helps

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  4. You've got a great start - love that pattern.

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    1. Thank you. For my first attempt I am pretty surprised and happy.

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  5. You might also try to turn the back crotch curve into an L shape. That takes out extra fabric from the bottom of your bum, and from the top of the back of your thighs -- which looks from these photos to be where you have too much fabric.

    Age and the inexplicable disappearance of my own once-plump derriére have led me to make this adjustment on all the jeans, pants, trousers I sew myself; as well as to ready-to-wear. Makes a world of difference from a fairly uncomplicated fix.

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