Thursday, November 29, 2007

McCalls 5142 View B

Fabric:100% Cotton denim from Ralph Lauren (sold out).

Prewash: I prewashed the denim 2x in warm water and dried on the cotton setting. Doing this got rid of any progressive shrinkage and excess blue dye.

Notions: Gutermann thread, Isacord thread for embroidery Jean needle, Upholstery needle, 9" jean zipper, Fusi Knit for the waistband, brass button,
muslin for the pocket, topstitching edge foot and 1/4" topstitching foot.

Alterations: This is a mid-rise jean--it sits at the belly button. I used a size 12 and lengthed the back crotch 3/8" and took in the waist 1".

Construction Details: The pattern description for view B says it's a boot cut jean. It's really a wide leg trouser jean which I was happy with, but if you're looking for a boot cut--this isn't it. The instructions are written to give you RTW results. This includes lots of topstitching.
I used an upholstery weight needle for sewing on the belt loops and any other areas that had 3 or more layers of denim.

The back pockets were embroidered by Judy Brown.

Email me at for Judy's contact info. Thanks Judy! You did an awesome job!

Conclusion: Wide leg jeans are a fashion trend that's great for someone with thighs (that would be me). I like this pattern and will definitely make it again!

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