The Pattern: Jeans are nothing if not snug and good looking at the same time. Since my last ready to wear pairs were discarded, I had no jeans to wear. Enter the Ponte Knit Jeans pattern by J. Stern Designs; it fit the bill. They’re the “boot-cut” style. A size match got me tracing out a size 16. The guide sheet pages have a body size chart and a finished garment chart, including helpful front-rise and back-rise info. Some light shone in the dark place in my wardrobe!
|Midnight Black Ponte Knit from Sew Much Fabric|
Fabric: I have no idea what I was doing before ponte knit appeared on the sewing scene. Since I already had a navy pair of ponte pants, I went for black - at the risk of going blind at the end of the project. I think my eyeglass prescription changed a little with this project.
Top of the jeans: this area is what makes jeans, er, jean-like. It includes a cotton pocket lining which extends across the inside front, forming a stay across the abdomen and forming a smooth line at the top. There are all the classic jean details - the fly front jeans zipper, an optional coin pocket, waistband, belt loops, back pockets and topstitching. I eliminated the belt loops and back pockets.
Things I will do differently next time: Select a non-black fabric, eliminate the coin pocket, reconsider back pockets, top stitch the side seams, trace a size 14 pattern, and narrow the leg. Oh, and I’ll use a stretch stitch for stronger seams. Also, I’ll select a cotton lining fabric that matches the ponte knit color (just in case, to prevent the contrast peeking through at the zipper area); I’ll definitely give some shape to the waistband so it curves and has “hugging” properties. I will also serge finish the edges of the zipper fly shields; for some reason they are left as raw edges in the pattern guidesheet.
Conclusion: I love this first pair, and see a few more in my future. I can hardly wait for fabric manufacturers to create denim-like ponte knit.