Jumping on the Jalie Jeans Bandwagon

Jalie Jean Front

The One and Only Jalie Jeans

There has been gazillion makes of the Jalie Jeans starting from a few years ago.  A few like.. uhh.. 5 or 6 years ago.  But hey I hear from Oh Crafty One Jill that bootcut jeans are coming back so I’ll be on trend…soon.

Being comfortable is always on trend in my book.  So I made these with jegging fabric which is a super comfy knit that looks like denim.  (Am I fooling anyone?)  I eliminated the zipper because it’s stretchy enough to pull on.

Jalie Jean Front Close Up

Back Pockets!! Ahhh!!

All my attention to detail to topstitching and making look like jeans and I blow it on the back pockets.  I might have not transfer the pocket placement onto my tracing.  I also might have just decided to wing it and plopped it down somewhere in the butt region.  Unfortunately I didn’t check the placement until the waistband was sewed on.

Jalie Jean Back

Oh man.  They’re way too low.  Past my butt low.  Here’s a close up of the horror show.

Jalie Jeans Pocket Tragedy

Yes, I can unpick it and resew.  I’m just afraid the cheapy fabric won’t make it through the unpicking.  Another option is to wear long shirts.  Or we can just laugh and make gangsta pants jokes like Mr Detective Houndstooth and I did last night.  LOL



Bonus Content:  Back Pocket Topstitching

One thing I did do right was the topstitching design on the back pocket.  I traced the pattern onto very thin gift wrap tissue paper.  I pinned this on the pocket fabric and stitched through both layers.  Because the tissue is super thin it tore off easily.

Jalie Jean Pocket Topstitching GuideJalie Jean Pocket Topstitching

I like the pants.  I applied a lot of my fitting changes from the SBCC Manhattan trousers.  I’ll definitely make another pair.  This one without absurd thigh pockets.  Link to my Pattern Review.



Happy Sewing,

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21 Responses to Jumping on the Jalie Jeans Bandwagon

  1. Pat Pfeiffer says:

    I saw in a mag article on jeans that pockets for petite sizes should be smaller. When I get ready to make my jeans, soon, I hope, I will downsize my pockets, maybe 1/4 inch smaller on all 4edgesi really don’t even care if my hand or anything else fits, as I never use the back pockets, anyway. But 1/2 inch smaller should still be big enough to use. I’m 5 ft 1/2 inch tall. I was surprised to hear you cut 5″ off the pants. You could maybe buy 1/8 to 1/4 yard less fabric!

    • That’s a great idea on the pockets. I took out some of the length in the pocket when I shorten the crotch depth but not the width. I might have an unusually short inseam. On RTW petite pants I usually had to take off over 3″.

  2. June says:

    LOL at the thigh pockets. But I think you have the fit nailed!

  3. aleah says:

    Ha, it looks like your back pockets are trying to escape down your leg! Love it! Also, in the first picture it looked like one was way lower than the other, and I thought for a minute you’d been making use of your sewing room wet bar… At least it’s the kind of “d’oh” that you can laugh at – I just make the kind of mistakes that just make me want to stab things.
    I like the purple – colored stretchy jeans are the best!

  4. Annette says:

    Love your jeans and saw your review on PR.com. Really like what you did, and the back pockets, oh well, not everyone can be perfect! Like me (LOL!)

  5. Mads says:

    Stop trying to make thigh pockets happen–they’re not going to happen!!!!

    J/K! But seriously, these jeans look really great fit-wise!

  6. Haha! Love the hubby’s comments! 😛 You should definitely wear these a bit, see what you don’t like about them, and then make tweaks for round 2. Because this is a seriously great pattern (and I really need to break it out again….) that you’ll get lots of use out of. (P.S. I think it’s Tanit-Isis who made them into skinnies–it can be done.)

  7. Carrie says:

    Nice stitching on the pockets! Too bad about the placement – I hope you wear them anyway.
    I’ll mark your review for in another 5 years when I decided to finally make jeans and join the trend 🙂

    • I do love wearing them. And since I’m not constantly looking at my @$$ I don’t notice the back pockets. If I have my phone in there, it’s a bit weird. LOL

      I’ll mark my calendar 2020!! Carrie sew Jalie Jeans.

  8. Accordion3 says:

    I LOVE your pockets! So beautifully stitched, gorgeous top stitched design, evenly and matched placings.

    I think using the jeggings fabric is genius.

    Better results with the next pair.

  9. Kyla says:

    Nice topstitching! I’m sure you’ll make them work… even with thigh pockets 🙂

  10. Those look comfy! I love the topstitching detail on the back pockets.

  11. Kyle says:

    I’ve been thinking about making the jalie jeans this spring! I haven’t made them either!

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