I cannot believe we’re already over halfway through 2018 and I’ve already completed one of my sewing goals for this year! I’ve always wanted to make a pair of jeans, but I have never set out to accomplish this task. The thought of making jeans has always intimidated me. I don’t have a difficult time finding jeans at an affordable price, so I have never tried to make them. That is – until now!
The pattern I used to sew this pair of high waisted jeans was the Lander Pants by True Bias. This pattern was part of the #sewmystyle2018 sew along series. I stumbled across this challenge on Instagram last month and was excited to become a part of this sewing community.
So what exactly is the #sewmystyle challenge? This challenge encourages participants to sew a selected garment each month of the year. The patterns are preselected and designed by Indie pattern makers. Monthly participation isn’t required, but if you do sew each month, you’ll have 12 or more handmade garments by the end of the year! Not only are you sewing along with a great community, but you’re also supporting a small business each month!
So far I’ve enjoyed being a part of this community. There’s a private Facebook group where members can ask for feedback, ask questions, and share their final project! I’ve loved seeing what fabric options others have selected for their garments. Is it too late to join? No – you can join at any time! If you’re interested in learning more, click here to read how you can join the community. (The screenshot below is the project schedule for the rest of the year)
Lander Pants vs. Forsyth Trousers
There were two different pattern options for the month of July. The Forsyth Trousers by Blank Slate Patterns and the Lander Pants by True Bias. It was tough to pick between the two pant designs because I loved both options. In the ended, I chose the lander pants because I wanted to sew with denim.
My Thoughts on the Lander Pants Pattern
There isn’t much that I would change about this pattern, but the next time I sew, I plan to I will reduce the amount of ease. The denim I used for my pants was a mid-heavyweight denim that had some stretch. Because of this, the extra ease of fabric around the hips was not necessary.
I love the high-waisted button fly fit to these jeans. If the button fly intimates you, don’t let it! Buttons are relatively easy to attach to your project once you figure out how the buttonhole maker on your machine works. (I had some trouble with mine. My sewing machine is a borrowed, and this is the first time I used it to create buttonholes.)
I ended up sewing a size 4 and had no issues with the fit of the pants. Even though this pattern states it’s for intermediate sewers, I believe experienced beginners could sew this pattern. I found that Kelli’s instruction PDF was easy to follow. She also has a five-part sew along blog series on how to sew the Lander Pants. In each post, she provides tips and photos to help sewers sew the pants. Here are the links to the sew along blog posts:
- Day 1: Printing and Assembling Your Pattern
- Day 2: Common Adjustments
- Day 3: Darts and Pockets
- Day 4: Crotch and Fly
- Day 5: Waistband & Buttons
Amount of Fabric You Need to Purchase
The pattern calls for 2.5 yards of fabric, so I purchased 3 yards solid dark blue denim fabric from Stylish Fabric. When I went to cut out my fabric, I found that I did not need the full 2.5 yards and only used about 2! Bet yet, I was able to sew a pair of shorts with my leftover jeans fabric – yay! Before you purchase and cut out your fabric, I recommend cutting out and placing the pattern pieces on the floor. This will help you determine how much material you will need to purchase.
Have you sewn or purchased this pattern yet? I’m beyond thrilled with how they tuned out and am already looking for colored fabric to make some addition pants for the fall!
My next jeans goal is to make skinny jeans. Any pattern recommendations? I’ve been eyeing the Ginger Skinny Jeans pattern by Closet Case Files. Should I try this pattern or something else?