Monday, March 14, 2016

Closet Case Files: Zippered Ginger Jeans

I got the email through about Papercut's new patterns the other day and I loved the new pair of jeans they have released. I was thinking all day about downloading them and how I could adjust them using my Ginger jeans pattern so they would fit and end up being a pair of Ginger jeans with front zippers.......then I mentally slapped myself and hacked up my Ginger pattern instead!

I think of these as a homage to that Papercut pattern and also a pair of Just Jeans that I saw in the shops recently. According to the daughter, jeans with zipper pockets are 'in' right now (oh god I feel old!)

Sz 18
Added 1" to inner leg seam on front pattern
Added a pocket stay
Hyperextended calf adjustment
Changed the shape of the front and back pockets
Slimmed the calf from the knee down.

My zippers work, but they don't actually go to a pocket, I did think about making them fully functional but realised I wouldn't use them so didn't bother.

The pockets are inspired by a pocket design I saw on google and saved, I think they were true religion jeans.

Denim is from Lincraft, its a lighter weight denim with a lot of stretch which I like using for this pattern. Its a strange colour - almost a blue/grey.
Top stitching is with Guttermann upholstery thread no.38

Damn, I love this pattern! I've used it so many times I had to trace off a new one this time!


  1. Those look great on you! You have really perfected that pattern for your body. Love the style modifications - very cool. Your legs look a mile long in those jeans! May I ask -how tall are you? I ask because I noticed you seem to always to a petite modification on bodices - but in your photos you look like you are tall. Granted - it is a bit hard to gauge height from a photo . . . . Thx. Cheri

    1. Hi Cheri, I'm 5'7", I am fairly short through the body but have normal-long leg length. I am wearing heels here so I'm probably closer to 5'10" with them on! This type of pant seems to make legs look longer though, when I used to wear a lot of wide leg pants I reckon I looked shorter in photos.
      Cheers, Suzy

    2. Ah - so you are proportionally somewhat leggy. I petite my bodices approx. the same amount you do and thought we might be similar in height- however you appear, and actually are much taller than my 5'3". Mystery solved. Again - really awesome job on the jeans! Cheri

  2. Love them! Those zippers look so cool. :)

  3. These look fantastic on you and I love the zippers you added!

  4. Awesome jeans! Nice details and they are so slimming. You are looking great.

  5. They are so gorgeous on you. Super slimming (but I think it's not just the jeans there) and the pockets are terrific. I love how they fit you around the waist. Actually I love the whole outfit!

  6. Those are awesome!!! Just awesome! I love the back pockets!

  7. These look fabulous! You look great in these jeans. I love following your blog.

  8. Fantastic jeans and no need to change patterns, this one works for you. Love the idea of the zippers.

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