Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Jalie 2908 jeans: Finally in white!

About a year ago, I made a cute pink eyelet top and Carolyn suggested that it would look good with white jeans. And I think she's brilliant, so I immediately went to the Mood website and ordered some white stretch twill. Then when it arrived, I was in the middle of something else and the jeans got buried in the queue.
But I finally pulled them out and made them up.
And I love them! What was I waiting for!
I know white pants seem like the opposite of practical for a busy mom of three messy kids, but in fact, they are the essence of practicality.
They go with everything, since crisp white is a perfect neutral, and if they get gross, well that's why God made bleach, y'all.
I made this with my old faithful jeans pattern, Jalie 2908. I debated between skinnies and flares, and in the end decided that with white, I think flares are more flattering. And white flares - come on. Had to do it!
Since the fabric is a wee bit sheer, and white isn't known for its opacity anyway, I underlined the pants to the knee with white swimwear lining. It's nice and stretchy, so it doesn't restrict the give of the twill.
I added a couple of premade appliques to the back pockets. They're a little silly, but I like them.
The rivets are turquoise and I love how they pop against the white. I got them from DIY Studs and Rivets on Etsy. I love this shop and get pretty much all of my rivets from them.
Fit-wise, I'm not completely thrilled, but they are wearable. The twill is quite stretchy, and I elected not to interface the waistband, which was a mistake. I think jeans waistbands should have some give, but this was too much. So, I have a bit of gaping in back. Otherwise, I'm pleased with the fit, and they are crazy comfortable. I'm going to wear the heck out of them.
I really debated the topstitching for these, and in the end I went with plain white. I really wanted them to be a wardrobe workhorse, and I though the white would be the most versatile. I really like the clean look it has.
I had a ton of fun styling and photographing these. For this post I paired them with my leopard Burda blouse, vintage brown blazer (which I altered, but did not sew) and for a completely different and casual look, my Maria Denmark Kimono Tee. Maybe next I'll actually wear it with the blouse it was sewn for. :)

13 comments:

  1. Love the white jeans. I have a pair I wear to death. They are very versatile and although still jeans, somehow more dressed up than blue jeans.

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  2. I don't know if I'm brilliant but you are for making this fantastic pair of jeans. I know you say you have one fit issue but seriously these jeans are the business!!! They are absolutely perfect!!!

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  3. These are so nice!!!!

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  4. These look like they'll be great with a lot of stuff in your wardrobe, and I would have never thought to line them with swimwear lining--brilliant! And probably extra comfy against the skin to boot! ;-)

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  5. Great looking jeans and I love the turquoise rivets, thanks for the link to the shop. You are right, these will go with so many things in your wardrobe.

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  6. These look great on you. I love the rivets and the pockets

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  7. You make Jalie jeans look awesome as ever Katie! If you sew enough I really will get my pattern back out. LOL

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  8. I have two pairs of white jeans that I rotate all spring/summer. I think it's a classic look and you've made these up beautifully!

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  9. They look great. White is so versatile.

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  10. They look fabulous! You look so crisp and put together!

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  11. I love a pair of white jeans and these look fabulous on you! The fit is perfect. Are those colored rivets? Great idea. Your appliques are adorable on the pockets, who doesn't love a cat?!

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  12. wow! these are so fantastic is almost makes me wanna sew a pair.

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  13. Oh, yay, another source for rivets. My last set was from Grommet Mart and I couldn't get the pins to bend even with a hammer, hehe!


    The white jeans look fabulous. You've given that Jalie pattern a good workout.

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