Ginger Skinny Jeans

A review of Closet Core Patterns Ginger Jeans

Reviewed by craftwerk on 22nd November, 2017

I really wanted to sew a perfect pair of jeans. After loving my Sew Over It Mia Jeans a little too much (RIP jeans), I wanted to challenge myself. The Ginger jeans from Closet Case are the obvious next step. They’re so popular and you can see why; the faithful skinny jean is a staple in many wardrobes and these offer the flattering high rise as well as 5 pockets; something that never seems to go together on the highstreet. The instructions are super clear and easy to follow. However, I did refer to the Sew Along on the Closet Case blog a lot. It’s an amazing resource and just helps to have two different ways of describing the process and both the illustrations and the photos to refer to when you get a bit confused. As there are plenty of new techniques to learn in this pattern, it’s really great to have that available. It took around 8-10 hours in total to make which is a lot less time than I was expecting. I didn’t make any initial adjustments to the pattern- I rarely find a pattern is perfect as is and often make little changes even before I start just due to personal style, but in this case they were perfect in that department. However I have since slimmed the legs a lot, shortened them (this is a personal preference, I have a regular-tall length leg but like my skinnies to sit above the ankle), brought the waist in by about 2 inches and shortened the crotch. After my second pair, I still think I need to do more to the pattern- mainly just lopping off a bit more from each of these adjustments. I absolutely love them and it’s such a satisfying make. I did make a few mistakes though.. firstly, there are two buttons on the black pair simply because I put the first in the wrong place and fixed it in a very lazy way. I should take the whole waistband off and do it again but at the moment I’m just pretending it’s intentional. It’s a style, right? Anyway, I already live in these jeans so what will I wear whilst I fix them? My white pair? Ha! Obviously, these are the most impractical jeans ever, in reality and I’m yet to risk wearing them for anything other than sitting very still, not eating or drinking anything! What was I thinking?! They’re gorgeous and I love them, I just can’t wear them! I was also a bit over ambitious with the contrast top stitching and my lack of experience really shows in some places. I’m yet to decide if I’m that bothered though. Maybe I will be if I ever wear them! I also chose to fray the hem instead of doing a proper hem which I think is a great effect. It’s very simple to do as well, just cut to where you want it and pull out the horizontal threads with an unpicker or tweezers. Then add some anti-fray or a line of stitches to stop it from fraying too much. You have to make these if you’ve been thinking about it. What an achievement to make your own jeans! Plus it means I’m nearly always wearing at least one handmade item of clothing now which is great if you like to show off a bit like I do! Full review: Video: