I bought the fabric from Vogue Fabric during their visit to this year's American Sewing Expo. Fabric can be mesmerizing sometimes. I passed on this print the first time thinking it was hideous. But something kept drawing me back to it, so I caved and bought 2.5 yards. It is unlike anything I have in my wardrobe and not a print I would normally wear - especially not like this...
Sewing the jeans actually took about 5 hours at the most. The hardest part was trying to line up the pattern pieces to keep print semi-symmetric. One circle sits a bit higher on one leg, but you can't really tell. Well, actually you can, but whatever. =)
I tried really hard to maintain a vertical line down the outside seam. The end result isn't what I envisioned, but it's not bad either. I'm happy with it. There was just no way to keep it consistent with all the curvature in the side pattern piece.
I cut out two sets of pockets - one with circles and one without. I thought long and hard about putting the circles on my butt. In the end (hah!) I decided against it - I'm too old for all of that "attention."
In the pictures, I'm wearing the jeans with Kwik Sew 3558 (jacket) and McCall's 6078 (cowl-neck top). I'm thinking of making a cardigan or pullover out of a bright yellow ponte knit to wear with them.
The verdict: I LOVE these jeans. I really do. I am a little nervous about wearing them outside, though. I think they look like pajama pants. I'm sure I'll get over that eventually. In fact, I might wear this whole outfit skating tonight. I'll let you know how that goes!