This past weekend I got my Calvin Klein jeans cut out and mostly sewn. Did the buttonholes, hem and rivets yesterday. I put them on to show youngest daughter and she thought I bought them. High praise from an 18 year old!
I’m really happy with how they fit, although I may have cut them just a hair short. I do have scraps left, so if I need to I can pull down the hem and put a fake one on as though I was shortening the pants.
I had originally intended on using Mimi G’s jeans pattern for this denim, but I had made a muslin and they were a little too small. It would have been fine though now that I think about it because the muslin denim was not stretchy, the denim I got from Blackbird fabrics is.
I have been wanting to make the Calvins for a long time though, and the single size pattern was my exact size, so I went for it.
I cut them out directly, without making any changes, I knew if anything I would need to adjust the back for big butt and small waist. I sewed the outsides and crotch, then before doing the top stitching on the outside seam I basted the inside seam and tried them on.
These pants are wide leg, and it’s so out of style now so I tapered in each side from the knee one inch at each side, which is a total of 4 inches, but I think I should have done a little more. Also found the pants stood straight up from my butt… even though the waist measurement matched my waist, it was just way too big. I brought in the back yoke about 5 inches (2.5 on each half) and pants back tapering down to mid butt area.
Of course this meant I had to take the pockets off and re-position…
Before sewing the waistband on I cut a length of elastic to take the extra slack out of the back so it wouldn’t gap. I sewed it onto the seam allowance from the top below where the top stitching would be so there was no extra thickness and it makes them so comfortable! Here is my oh, so glamorous back shot 🙂 Really makes me want to narrow the legs more… but that’s another post.