The course came with the new mid rise Ginger jeans pattern which I altered to be the high waisted version. It’s easy enough to do and even Heather Lou herself said to just alter it instead of purchasing the high waist version!
I bought my denim from Fabric Dreams – they’re a German company that is recommended by Heather Lou for good quality denim. I got myself lots of samples (they will send you 3 free ones) before making my purchases from there to make sure I got what I wanted! Delivery to the UK was £8.95 or free is you spend over £75.
The one I’ve used here is one of the stonewashed ones that doesn’t have a photo. Sometimes it’s worth just taking a shot a getting a sample just in case (they’re free anyway!).
With the pattern, I decided to go with a straight size 12 which fitted my hip measurement and go from there in terms of fitting.
The basting and fitting stage was so important for me because I knew I’d have to make a lot of changes!
I ended up taking it in a lot at the waist and through the hip, doing a sway back adjustment, a low seat adjustment and some crotch length changes too. It’s all lots of little changes – a 1/4″-3/8″ alteration here and there – but it makes a HUGE difference to the overall fit!
The actual construction process was quite quick and painless. (Apart from when I kept stabbing myself with pins by accident. That hurt…)
I think after making the Morgan jeans and taking the online class, it all seemed to make so much sense so it all went pretty smoothly. The most time consuming part was having to switch over between my regular sewing thread and the top stitching thread all the time. That made me really wish for a second sewing machine!
So here are my Ginger jeans AKA the first pair of jeans which I’ve put on and it’s fitted like a dream!
I added a little bit of interest to the back pockets with the topstitch lines crossing over on one side.
I’m so surprised at how much I like these. Jeans have always been one of those things that I always thought would be beyond me sewing-wise. Or at least they would never be quite as good as shop bought ones. But these have totally changed my mind. I don’t think my butt ever looked his good in RTW…
I’m a total jeans making convert.
Be prepared for a ton more Gingers coming your way!