White Skinny Jeans (S8222 … again)

My previous pair of jeans (really my first ever!) turned out pretty great except for a few minor fit issues and the front zipper placement. My goal with this second pair was to improve on the fit and get it just right.

These are such comfy jeans and I think they are the best fitting I have in my closet! I’ll definitely be making more, and in fact bought some bright teal green denim just this week. More jeans in my future!

Pattern Review – S8222

Pattern Description: Mimi G’s design for skinny jeans. Includes three options for the back piece to fit slim, average, and curvy.

Pattern Sizing: 6-14. I went with size 14 average but made some modifications for a better fit.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, although I did do quite a bit differently. I followed the fly zipper instructions from Angela Wolf’s Craftsy Class “Sewing Designer Jeans.”


What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This is my second make using this pattern and I have another in the queue. I like the higher rise and the fit. The construction was also quite a bit easier the second time around and I’m pretty sure for my 3rd pair I won’t even have to read the instructions.

Fabric Used: White Stretch Denim from Joann’s. This was a bit less opaque than I would have hoped, but really, I guess that’s to be expected from white.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made all the same fitting as design changes as described in my last review. In addition, I made the following changes:

  • Fly overlap: Extended the right fly area by 1/2″ so when the zipper was attached it was actually tucked in under the left size by 5/8″.
  • Finally got a jeans button to work!
  • Cropped the hem up by about 1 1/2″.
  • Lowered front waistband: I did this by slashing a line from the side seam to the center front and folding out 3/4″ at the CF. This maintains the length of the side seam so it matches the back but dropped the center front by 3/4″ so it sits more comfortably on my tummy.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes…this is my second, the third already has fabric set aside and I may go back and make another in the dark blue.

Conclusion: Is there such a thing as too many pairs of jeans? Especially when they fit? I don’t think so. I highly recommend this pattern!


3 Responses

  1. Lakaribane 31 March 2017 / 10:22 am

    I read both of your reviews on PR and I am intrigued. Let me work through my questions with you, if you don\’t mind. First, sizing. You said both times you made a 14 average (I\’m assuming the back piece is the one with options). Did you pick this size based on your body vs size chart OR finished measurements for 14R on the pattern? because if you are having to take in the side seam, why not make a 12 Curvy? Having a gaping back seam is usually a sign of a big butt and a back crotch curve that is not long enough. In theory, that Curvy drafting would be better suited than the Regular. Second, I\’m wondering if the respective stretch of each fabric is not affecting fit. Was the blue fabric stretchier than the white? I have a neat little reference page I can share, if you want. So if one fabric is stretchier than the other, you can go down a size for the stretchier of the two. Anyway, I am more interested in this pattern now bc I had missed the options and that is a reason I make very few pants (for now). Thank you for the review! (And no, one can never have too many well-fitting clothes!)

    • Julliana 31 March 2017 / 1:50 pm

      I’m so glad my review helped you!

      I based my sizing choice on the hip measurement written on the pattern itself. I wanted some negative ease with the stretch of the denim. I couldn’t find the waist measurement listed and simply measured the waistband and guessed which I would need and ended up choosing average so that I’d have room to take it in or a bit to take it out. I’m sure the curvy would have worked better but not having the time/inclination to made a muslin, I just picked what I thought would work and then made it work.

      What’s really good about the construction order on this pattern is that the outside leg seams are last to be sewn so I could pin them on and decide how wide the seam allowance would have to be. The blue denim did seem to have more stretch than the white so I used a regular 5/8″ seam on the out-seam where the blue one I had to take it in.

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