RTW-Altered

RTW #2

I bought a 2nd pair of Denim and Co jeans at the same times as the first..  This second pair is described as a “slim leg”.  On the models, including a plus-sized, it looked like what I wanted but  I have misgivings about the term.  I’ve ordered too many pairs of pants which the host described as “slim leg not a jegging”.  I get jeggings.  I ordered this slim leg but for insurance, I also bought the straight leg jean previously blogged about. Another obvious difference between the two is that the straight leg has a yoke – which complicated alterations. However, having seen the final fitting of the first jean, I wasn’t gung-ho to dive into the same alterations. I decided to take it slow. I took first pics i.e. what they looked like without alterations.

Then I added the elastic inside the waistband– just as I did for the previous pair–to make the waist snug.

I hemmed the first pair 2″ and still felt they were a little long–(but that’s the amount I turned up during fitting); so these I hemmed these 3″. Still shy about launching into 3 hours of alterations, I took a 2nd set of pics; and  compared with the first set and then with the previously altered jeans.  Wow not a whole lot of difference. I would need to invest another 3 hours of work into  alterations I wasn’t sure were make a whole lot of difference.  I left it overnight.

Returning the next morning, I finished. Nailed down what needed to be nailed down and invested a puff of steam into the hem; and I took more pics.

FINAL FIT

They’re pretty good except for the bagginess over the back thigh.

I  decided to look at the difference between the final of the First pair of QVC jeans and this 2nd pair

I don’t believe the 3 hours of alterations significantly improved the fit.

These Denim and Co jeans may not be high fashion but they come close to well-fitting. The waist is a little big, the leg a little long and they are baggy beneath the seat.  I am tempted to buy a 3rd pair but ensure I buy PETITE.  That’s what  I thought  I was buying this time but both my Order Status and the jeans tag say “W” (women). I’m curious as to whether the only change would be a shorter leg or if there would be some change to the baggy.

Oh well, while I contemplate that possibility, I’m going to enjoy wearing my dark-wash jeans.

 

RTW-Altered

Altering Denim and Co Jeans #1

I  wear nice slacks and love my Yoga’s but I have become a jeans-woman. They just fit the lifestyle. However my current rate of sewing + fitting produces a pair of pants in about 3 weeks. Due to the weight gain mentioned previously, I need pants I can wear n-o-w. My hope was I could buy RTW jeans and with an hour’s worth of alterations  produce a wearable jean. So I investigated Denim and Co jeans at QVC.  I checked QVC’s sizing charts before ordering. As usual, I am between sizes.  They recommend going down a size. I went up.  When I got the jeans I could see there was some validity to the sizing recommendation.  These are not constructed of typical jean denim. Not even jean denim with Lycra. The fabric is a french terry which looks like denim on the public side. Inside it is french terry, a knit fabric.

I started the alterations with the same frame of mind as fitting my sewn pants.  I tried them on checked for fit.  Thought the worst issue was bagginess under the seat and proceeded to shorten the back crotch 2″ and scoop the crotch 1/2″ — my now typical alterations.  Sounds quick and easy, right? Well there was a lot of ripping involved.   2 inches of length is a lot of remove. I had to remove the pockets as well as opening and repositioning the yoke and later stitch the pockets back on.  Scooping the crotch required that I open the part of the crotch where the inseams bisect and remove the double stitching along the back crotch upright.  I shortened the legs 2″ as they were too long (thought I bought petite but the tag says W).   Finally the waist was just a smidge loose. At first I thought I would just  stitch thought the waistband and take it in along the side seams. That was until I realized I would be creating a big lump.  Could not cut a slit and remove some of waist elastic length.  No the elastic was nailed into place.  I contemplated ripping but resorted to my lazy waist fix which is adding another layer of elastic along the inner edge of the waistband.

The elastic is secured about 8 times by straight stitching through the waistband and the new elastic.  This lazy fix is not noticeable because I’m either wearing a belt which covers the stitching or letting my top hang over the waist also covering the stitching.

The alterations took me about 3 hours when I only wanted to spend one. Oh and they were made over 3 days. Still that’s better than the 2-3 weeks to cut, baste, fit and stitch a new pair of me-made jeans.

The fitting results are questionable. I bought a dark wash blue. My favorite. I sometimes buy black. Rarely light colors. One of the nice things about the dark wash blue is that errors, fitting issues tend not to show.  I had to lighten the pics 70% to show you.

First fitting:

Looking in the mirror, they looked too long and a little baggy under the seat but otherwise IRL I thought they looked much better than here in these pics.

3 hours of alterations later…

….and I’m not so sure I should have doggedly pursued the alterations. Of course it could be my posture or all the handling but the unaltered pant looks better

Thank heavens for the dark wash; and with a little styling I’ll have no problems wearing these comfy jeans