I made a few changes, though, before I even cut out. Other bloggers/reviewers have noted that the rise on the McCalls 6610 is very high, and by comparing it to the Calvin Klein pattern, this appeared to be true. So I used the lengthen/shorten line on the pattern and shortened both the front and back pattern pieces by about a half inch. (Hint: don't do this unless you are actually petite.) And then I shaped the seat seam to mimic the Calvin Klein pattern since I like the fit.
I felt pretty confident of my changes which is usually a portent of things to come . . . The weekend before last I cut out and put together the back of the jeans and back pockets. On Labor Day, I picked it back up around 9:30 a.m. even though I was kinda tired and a little MS-y. Also, I could tell my head just wasn't in the game. But I had a free day, and I didn't want it to go to waste.
I should have listened to the universe, but I was feeling perversely stubborn that day. This is the first zipper fly that I have made that didn't turn out well. (Which is not McCalls' fault - I was all, hey, I've got this.) First, I did it wrong, which I didn't discover until the jeans were put together and I tried them on. Then, it became clear that my left side of the fly zip didn't complete cover the zipper, which is pretty much an epic fail. Finally, I topstitched the fly four times and it still looks like crap.
Once I got the waistband wrestled on this sucker there was only one thing I could do to get rid of the bad juju - I threw the jeans in the washer to get the evil out.
Last night I hemmed them and did the buttonhole. I put a regular button on rather than a jeans button because I wasn't sure if I was going to redo the waistband or not. I didn't sew on the belt loops for the same reason.
I wore them to work today because today was a "jeans day" to celebrate the kickoff of the NFL season. But I didn't get photos until I got home. So they are:
Here's the shot that shows the waist too tight and my zipper exposed:
After wearing them all day, I won't be putting on any belt loops because I probably won't be wearing these jeans - they are just too tight and uncomfortable.
As I mentioned, what I do like about the pattern is the width of the legs. The legs of the Calvin Klein pattern were too wide. I compared the two patterns and interestingly, the back pattern pieces are the same width. The difference is in the front pattern pieces - the front leg pattern piece of the McCalls pattern 6610 is much narrower.
So here are my choices for my next jeans:
1) Make McCalls 6610 again, unaltered, which will probably fit reasonably well;
2) Combine the McCalls pattern and Calvin Klein pattern - maybe use the back pattern piece from the Calvin Klein pattern and the front from the McCalls pattern and see if that works; or
3) Do both. I can make as many pairs of jeans as I want.
Parting shots: Anne got married this weekend! Here's a few photos I took:
Vicki's skirt in action:
Anne and Vicki: