I had been wanting to make a pair of denim Thurlows for a while after seeing some lovely versions on the blogs, but I'm not in love with mine. It turned out that I wanted denim jeans, not denim Thurlows - but you win some, you lose some.
Let's talk about the good bits first. I love the fly zip. I got the metal zip on ebay, and am delighted with how well it turned out.
I also love the welt pockets, and lengthened the insides of the pockets as I did on my first pair.
I am much happier with the belt loops, as I shortened them a bit;
and the fit at the waist is perfect.
The fabric was easy to work with, it's the denim from Craftswoman Fabrics in Carrickfergus that I mentioned a few weeks' ago. The facing and pockets are leftovers from this Anna dress. Sewing them was easy too, again I followed the sewalong by Lauren at Lladybird.
Now for the bad bits. As mentioned above - they aren't jeans. I love my jeans, I have two pairs that fit beautifully. They are from New Look (the shop - nothing to do with the patterns), but they have seen better days. Naturally, when I looked on the New Look website, they don't have them anymore; so I have done the sensible thing and bought Kenneth D King's Craftsy class called Jean-ius which teaches you how to reverse engineer a pair of well fitting jeans. So far I have only watched it, but it's great (and Kenneth is a hoot!). What I need to do is source some denim fabric that is suitable for jeans, and available in the UK. If anybody knows where I can get some, please let me know, as the denim I used for these trousers is a bit lighter weight than jeans denim.
I started these during the Christmas holidays, then fell out of love with them, and finished them in the middle of January. The problem with them is that there is too much fabric around the top of the legs. I had to take them in at the hips twice, and they are baggy under the bum - although, when I looked at these photos, it's not as bad as I thought it was.
In fairness, I had to take in my first pair at the hips too, and I even remembered to make the changes on the pattern. But the first pair are a lot lighter weight fabric, so they seem like wide leg trousers and the bagginess doesn't show; also this denim has a little bit of stretch to it. Anyway, they aren't a complete disaster, and are comfy, so I will wear them. It just goes to show how the same pattern can be so different with different fabrics!
Have a great week,