Thursday, December 20, 2012

Review: Vogue 2973 (OOP) | Baroque Moto Jeans!

Fancy jeans has been a really big trend this season.  And my favorite way to follow a trend and come in under budget, is to sew a garment myself. 
Sources one, two and three.
This is Vogue 2973, an out-of-print pattern by Montana from 2007.  Yes, I'm still reaching in the filing cabinet for old patterns.  I've been intending to sew this pattern since I bought it 5 years ago... but I was always waiting for the perfect fabric for the jacket.  
For the pants, I used a black damask printed Italian denim (cotton 85%/polyester 13%/lycra 2%).  When I first ran across this fabric, I knew it had to become a pair of jeans. 
While researching reviews of this pattern, I was surprised to see there were only two reviews for the pants.  I thought they were pretty great looking on the envelope which is sometimes a rarity with the pattern companies.  So when I read and reviewed the images, I saw why.  This pattern has an enormous amount of ease.  I wouldn't want to wear jeans with the type of "relaxed fit" that this pattern would yield IF I'd stuck to my proper measurements.  Which leads me to wonder, why the pattern didn't produce a garment that looked like the designer sample in the envelope photo?!  Could it be a case of a poorly drafted pattern?
So instead, I cut the size 14.  I still had to sew them and nip/tuck as I went along.  The leg was not originally as tapered as I wanted them to be.  I didn't want a "skinny" skinny jean... but more of a grown up straight-legged style.  For my pants/jeans, I try to keep in mind my hip to leg-opening ratio.  I'm not trying to look like an ice cream cone.  So I based my measurements on favorite pants in my closet.
Even though with the print, you can't see it, but there is a lot of topstitching and edge stitching.  I felt that gave them a good RTW look... that is when given a close-up inspection.  
And I didn't follow the instruction very much.  I know the order in which I like putting pants together.  Plus, I always use this method for fly-front zipper installation.
My favorite detail of this project was the welt zippers and the topstitching on the waistband.
This is a cool pattern that fit the bill for what I'd envisioned.  But please be warned, this pattern is not for the rank beginner.  It's for someone that knows how to take the pieces given and modify them into what they actually want.

32 comments:

  1. So cute! the fit is fantastic. I still haven't worked up the nerve to venture into pants :)

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    1. Thanks Nikki! You're very talented and I'm sure you'd have no problem with pants.

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  2. the jeans look great on you - thankfully you were able to fit them so well,despite the pattern company's best efforts to create ill-fitting jeans. Thanks for the link on the fly front zipper - tried to follow the instructions from a book and gave up the video clip is very useful.

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    1. Pdiddly, the fly front zipper video is the best. Thanks!

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  3. Great looking jeans lady!

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  4. Great fabric! I have this pattern but I've never been tempted by the jeans. My version of the jacket has been 99% done for over a year. I really need to make it work and get it done.

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    1. Thanks Grace. I still plan to make the jacket too.

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  5. I love the zipper welt pocket detail!

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    1. That's my favorite part to Joen. Thanks!

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  6. These look fierce! The welt zips in the front are a great detail.

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  7. These look spectacular! Love all the details.

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  8. Great lookin' jeans! I love 'em!

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  9. I have been lurking on your blog for some time now. I can lurk no longer. You are one talented, stylish lady and I really enjoy looking at your creations and how you put things together.

    Have a great Christmas.

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    1. Thanks for de-lurking BeaJay and have a Merry Christmas!

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  10. Love the details Erica and the fabric is AWESOME!

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  11. Fantastic pants. I really like the welt zipper detail.

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  12. Beautiful job on those jeans - fit and fabric are both awesome!

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  13. What what a great idea for jeans Erica! The fabric really makes them "festive"! Wish I had a pair of them to wear with the recent lace top I made for our Christmas party! Your fit is perfect as well as the details! I'm also loving your mirror nail polish too!

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  14. Beautiful work! Any suggestions on how I can get this out of print pattern?

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    1. Thanks Lupe. You can check Etsy or eBay.

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  15. Love the use of that fabric for jeans and you did a great job with the zipper detail.

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