Monday, 7 May 2018

Safran jeans and Papercut Kyoto

Well what a weekend.  It's been fabulous in the UK for the May bank holiday, far too warm for jeans!  Even so I love these jeans.  They are the first skinny pair of jeans I've ever had and I love them. 

I thought they might not be comfortable, but they are!  I cut a size 38, though if I wanted a really snug pair I would need to cut a 36.  I had to take the back centre seam in by an extra 3/8" and reduce a the sides by an extra 2/8".  I love the mock welt pockets, though the pocket instructions didn't seem to work, you cant get the welt to work unless you clip the seam allowance at step 1.4.  I added 1" to the crotch length and took 5/8" off the length.

The fly went quite well, you just have be really careful to get the folds in the right place.  One thing which seems odd, the fly fastens the men's way.   I doesn't really bother me.  The waist band is pretty bulky, but my wonderful Pfaff managed to topstitch even with the 5 layers of denim.  The star of the jeans is the fabric.  It is a modal denim from Fabric Godmother, unfortunately now out of stock.  When it came I was a little disappointed as it seemed really stiff, however, it softened in the wash and as you work with it and now it is just fabulous.  Just right for jeans that need a lot of stretch.

This is my second Papercut Kyoto.  I think this is a lovely pattern.  The first one I made as a Small, but with this thinner jersey I made an extra small.  I'm not normally a "cute" fabric person, but I really couldn't resist this bear print from Sewmesunshine (sorry also now sold out).

This is a pretty straightforward pattern and I think the frill and drop shoulder add something special to a plain sweatshirt.

My wardrobe is currently around 98% memade, so #memademay is fairly easy for me, but I thought I would see if I could wear a different memade outfit every day of May.  Here is the first week.



  1. Those jeans look fabulous immaculate! I really like the pocket design and the fabric sounds lovely. What a fun sweatshirt too. It looks like a great pattern.

  2. You are looking fab Mags!
    And what better feeling is there that you have to increase seam allowances to make clothes fit?

  3. Looking smashing. And I just love the little mustard number you're wearing with your jeans (which pattern is that?) - and the navy/grey/mustard theme peeping out via your MMM!