Creation: Ginger Jeggings
Fabrics Used: Black Stretch Denim
The Visionary: Justine, SewCountryChick
Our Thoughts: These jeggings look polished enough for daily wear, yet are extraordinarily comfortable - what more could you ask for?
Recently I was approached by Organic Cotton Plus to try some of their fabric. I remembered the cute knit Ginger jeans Lauren made awhile back with their stretch knit denim and wanted to try a similar version for myself. I had the ultimate mom jean in mind, Pull On Jeggings! I so deserve a pair of mom jeggings. There are five reasons for that.
The Organic black knit denim fabric is 65 inches wide so I only needed a little over a yard to make the jeggings. This fabric did not disappoint. It was so nice! It’s thick, like a ponte knit, and really soft with great stretch. It really does just look like stretch denim, and totally fooled me until I stretched it realized it was a knit. I was excited to make my own Pajama jeans! I’ve been wearing my jeggings all day and they have great recovery! They haven’t stretched or bagged out at all.
What I did was use my Ginger pattern, but I changed it to a jegging pattern like my Jalie Eleanore jeans. I had worked hard to get a good fit on that pattern and wanted to try it again in the stretchy fabric. A little experiment, if you will. Since the fabric is a stretchy knit, and much stretchier than an actual stretch woven denim, I traced my pattern and shaved off a few inches from my size 8 in the hips, and a little down the legs to make them smaller to allow for more negative ease. I really just eyeballed it and used a pair of leggings I have in my closet for reference. Luckily, they fit well! I had to make the yoke smaller and make the front pocket facing smaller too, since it’s a faux pocket, like on my Eleanore’s. I also followed the instructions from the Eleanore pattern to make the waistband. The fly is also faux, and just stitched closed and topstitched. So easy!
I did have some issues because I went ahead and top stitched the seams as suggested in both patterns which are designed for wovens. My stitches did pop, so what I did was stretch the fabric gently as I top stitched, giving it some give. If I made these again, I would try putting the top stitch thread in my cover stitch machine to get a stretchy double stitched look.
It really looks like denim, not that typical thin jegging fabric I see at places like Target. This knit denim fabric is super cool. And I’m not just saying that because I got it for free!
I used my serger for everything except the top stitching.