Monday, November 25, 2013

Jalie 2908: The Jean Gene Jeans

Jeans. Wardrobe staple. And I had none. Seriously, not a single pair of plain old blue jeans. Have I mentioned my tendency to avoid sewing wardrobe basics?
Jalie 2908 to the rescue. For this version, I straightened the legs just above the knee to give more of a slim, boot cut.
Of course, just because it's a wardrobe staple, it needn't be uninspired...
I love a creative back pocket design. In this case, I'm inspired by  the graceful double helix of deoxyribonucelic acid. At first, I planned to indicate the base pairs with simple silver studs, but a few red rhinestones had made their way into the bag of studs, so I decided my DNA needed a point mutation. I know. Lettin' my nerd flag fly high with this one...
It just looks like abstract swirls unless you get close. But I know... And so do you.
The insides got some quirky mushrooms. I also used crystal rivets at the pocket corners. They tie in nicely to the pocket design. And I love bling.
From the side, I think I still need to tweak the fit in back, just a tiny bit. They are very comfortable though.
The fabric is a Theory denim from Mood. It's a very nice weight and stretch for jeans. I know I'll wear these a ton. I've got a plan to build my Grunge Sew-along look around them, but today I paired them with a casual Stretch & Sew top

37 comments:

  1. Oh, they are great! Especially the DNA with point mutation! Now I want to copy that---although other science designs could also be awesome. Like organic chem diagrams... #nerdgasm

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  2. awesome jeans! I have this pattern but have yet to make it :D Your details rock! great job

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  3. "Hey, is that an Sn2 reaction on your butt?" HAHAHAH!! Best. Idea. Ever!!!

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  4. Those looks great and I like the story of the pockets. Great job.

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  5. "Hey, is that an Sn2 reaction on your butt?" HAHAHAH!! Best. Idea. Ever!!!

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  6. Your pants are fabulous! I love the back pocket design too! The reasoning behind the design is so "you," and that is what makes sewing fun!

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  7. Gorgeous Jeans -- I love them and you did (again!) a fabulous job. Really fantastic material too.

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  8. I love them to pieces. Too bad you can just duplicate and enlarge them copier style. :)

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  9. There's a geeky DNA replication joke in there somewhere...

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  10. Go for it!! This is a perfect pattern for your first jeans - or your 12th... ;)

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  11. These are great! I love the back pockets with the point mutation. Great touch!

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  12. I am so with you on the avoiding sewing the basics! I have to really force myself to make them for myself.



    I love that you personalized your jeans - gotta love subtly geeky nods! It's like being part of a secret club, hehe. And the mushrooms! Those just make me smile! =)

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  13. Those look great! It looks like you had lots of fun sewing them, even though they are "basics." They certainly don't look basic to me!

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  14. BirdandBicycle/MaLoraNovember 25, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    SO excited to have finally figured out rss feeds so your blog posts show up in my email. Seriously. Excited. Now onto your awesome jeans:

    I LOVE THEM. Holy cow do I love them. I saw the pattern and was tempted with my first Jalie pattern purchase recently. You are a talented lady!

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  15. To add to the nerdiness:
    The mushrooms on your waistband form a fairy ring!
    Mushrooms (the fruiting bodies of fungi) form in rings above the ground, which is connected to the massive unground fungi network. :)

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  16. I love the Jalie Jean pattern. Your pocket detail is to die for as in the inside of the waist band. Enjoy :)

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  17. Nice outfit and great work on the jeans. When I buy jeans I usually try on a billion different pairs, so I haven't dared make a pair yet in case I don't like them at the end! The Jalie pattern seems a good style though judging by your jeans

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  18. Very creative Jeans. These look great on you. Well done.

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  19. I can't get over my basics are boring prejudice. It's a problem...

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  20. Yay!! And thank!! I love Jalie patterns. Their instructions are SO GOOD.

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  21. Thank you! It's definitely in my top 10 patterns!

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  22. Do it!!!! I'm so much happier with my me made jeans. And I get to avoid the toddler in the dressing room fun... ;)

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  23. I like the straight waistband, BUT I made the higher rise and I have a small waist compared to my hip. When I made the low rise version, I did have to contour the waistband a bit to fit my hip curve. I always sew stretch jeans so that they are a tiny bit snug, since they do stretch, as you mentioned. I like them to start out feeling like they are compressing just a little. Then when they stretch out, they don't bag.

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  24. Nice! I have been so impressed with the jeans you make. Makes me think I may be able to! Nice pocket decor... and the mushrooms- super fun! ~Laurie

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  25. Sweet Katie! I love these.

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  26. Thank you! And you totally could!! Jeans are just pants with extra topstitching. You can do it!!

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  27. Bravo! I have yet to try sewing jeans but your great fitting pair are making me reconsider that idea. Love the DNA touch.

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  28. I'm gonna tackle the Thurlows first, then Jalie jeans (love the genes) with the slimmer bootcut, which is my favorite because its ALMOST straight looking on my very pronounced calves.

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