Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Testing, testing: Cashmerette Ames Jeans

Cashmerette has a pants pattern! Jeans, specifically!


Like all Cashmerette patterns, the Ames jeans pattern comes in sizes 12-28 and has options to suit different body shapes. The upper portion/pelvis is tailored for apple or pear shapes, and there are two leg options, skinny or straight. Jenny spent months and months perfecting the pattern, with three rounds of testing, to ensure a great fit!


This particular pair is from the second round of testing, before the pattern was split into apple and pear shapes to better accommodate different body shapes. Jenny says this iteration is probably most like the apple shape version in the final pattern, but note: this pair is not made from the final pattern! 


I made these jeans back in June and have been wearing them a ton since then!!
 

 I've used the straight leg option for this pair and cut a size 16, which is my typical Cashmerette size for the lower half of my body.


The Ames pattern is designed for stretch denim. My fabric is some black stretch denim I bought in Bangkok. However, I used the wrong side of the denim as the outside for this pair. I thought it had a cool texture. I used black topstitching thread throughout, with bright red topstitching thread for the bartacks for a fun pop of color.


The Ames pattern is a pretty traditional 5-pocket jean design, but it has some thoughtful details, like the pocket stay. This was my first pocket stay and I am a convert! I love how it smooths things out n the front, if you know what I mean. 


For my pocket stay and waistband lining, I used some cotton lawn scraps from my stash (left over from this Washi Top I made my sister a few years back). This lawn was a great weight for the pocket stay. Next time, though, I'll line the waistband with the stretch denim, because I do find myself wishing the waistband had slightly more give throughout the day. 

(please excuse the thread nesting on my bartacks- my machine was not happy about them, but they look fine from the outside, so I left it!)


 I am really happy with the fit on the Ames! I love that I get no gaping in the back waistband (a problem I often have with jeans). I'm looking forward to making another pair from the final pattern! 

30 comments:

  1. These look great Meg! I love how you used the wrong side of the denim and those red bar tacks! I'm hoping to sew some new jeans this weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Meghan! Can't wait to see yours!

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  2. These look really slimming and fit you so well. I was torn between the Ginger and these. I have never made jeans before, would this be a good pattern to start with?

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    1. Thanks!

      Re: Ginger and Ames, I concur with what Neufy said below: they're both great patterns, but it really depends on your size and shape, I think.

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  3. I have made both the ginger and the final tester jeans. I am a pear pelvis and the fit in both is good for me. Slight advantage to the Ames jeans as I had fewer adjustments. If you have an Apple pelvis you would probably prefer the Ames. Sizing advantage to Ames as well. The ginger stops at size 20.

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    1. I agree, they're both great patterns. Which one might suit your body better depends on your size and shape.

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    2. Thanks for the information. I am more apple so I'll have to give this one a try for sure.

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  4. These look amazing! Nice job Meg!! g

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  5. These look amazing - thanks so much for sharing!

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  6. I love them on you. Question - I am very short in the front rise and normally have to take a lot of length out of most patterns - I'm concerned that because it is geared towards an apple figure shape it might be long in the front rise. Did you notice this? Cheers. Margaret

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    1. Hi Margaret- I'd say these are a mid-to-high rise jean. Not as high as some others I've made or worn, but not low rise. Worth a muslin of the top portion before you cut into your nice denim!

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  7. These jeans fit you to perfection. Great job on the details. Karen

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  8. I love them! Having the design to fit two different shapes is very clever.

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  9. They look great! Really fantastic fit. I just bought the Liana jeans from itch to stitch but I might try these in the future too.

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    1. Thanks, Masha! So many patterns, so little time!

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  10. What a great fit and love your little red details.

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    1. Thank you! I am loving the red detail, too!

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  11. They look amazing! Your posts have really encouraged me to try sewing a pair of jeans, thanks.

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    1. Yes! Give it a try- it can be addictive!

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  12. These jeans look terrific on you and your attention to detail during construction is wonderful. In looking at the photos, I'm not seeing some of the fit issues that you had with the Style Arc pants you made recently. I know there's a lot of difference between jeans and pant patterns, not to mention the different fabric used in construction, but it is interesting to see the difference in fit. Until I saw your test of this pattern, I was not interested in sewing jeans but you have just changed my mind!

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    1. Thanks! You should give jeans sewing a try- it's really fun!

      Yeah, some of the fit issues I had with the Elle pant are less obvious here (the underbutt wrinkles seem lessened), although I think the knee/calf issue is still there somewhat, just to a lesser extent.

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  13. Your jeans look absolutely fabulous! I've tried jeans before, but have not successfully committed yet. I will keep Cashmerette in mind. I can only imagine the final version of the pattern is great too!

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  14. These look fantastic Meg, really good fit and I find it is cool that you used the back of the fabric!

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  15. These look amazing! Love the texture of the wrong side too, and the little specks of red ;) The fit is great!

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