It's been great seeing so many curvy sewists of many shapes and sizes post their progress on these jeans on Instagram over the past month, so here's my take on the pattern:
|StyleArc - Misty jeans|
|StyleArc - Misty jean line drawing|
Out of the envelope (with a few minor changes), though I feel like these are a better fit than the "real" Burda jeans that I've been working out the fit on off and on over the past few months. The Mistys aren't perfect, but they're a few minor pattern alterations away from giving me the fit that I'm looking for, I think.
For comparison, here are the first two versions of my Burda jeans:
|Burda v1 - the wearable muslin|
|Burda v2 -- better|
Here's the view from the front. I see a little bit of pulling through the tummy, so I'll probably do a small full tummy adjustment on my next pair of these.
|Misty jeans- front|
Fabric and Notions Used
I used the following fabric and notions for my jeans:
- Fabric: Stretch denim purchased ages ago from fabric.com. I bought this back when everyone was making the Jalie stretch jeans that I never made.
- Elastic: 1.5" pro-stretch elastic (the pattern calls for an odd size--I felt this was close enough) from Fashion Sewing Supply.
- Thread: Gutermann jeans top-stitching thread for the top-stitching; regular Gutermann thread in the bobbin and for all of the seams.
|Top-stitching - back|
N/A. I used the paper pattern.
Pattern Drafting, Sizing, and Alterations
This pattern is available in on the StyleArc website in StyleArc sizes 4-30, which corresponds to 32.6-61" (83cm - 154cm) hips. Additionally, StyleArc has extended sizing up to a size 38 available in their Etsy shop.
I sewed a size 22 with about 2" added to the high hip/waist area.
StyleArc is known for its brief instructions, and this pattern is no exception. However, these jeans are so easy to construct that I didn't really need them. If you do need more comprehensive instructions, refer to Alicia's sewalong.
Misty Jeans Sewalong
Final ThoughtsI like these way more than I thought I would. Next time, I'll make the pattern adjustments that I previously described and want to play around with altering the pockets to make them functional. These jeans are soooooo comfortable and they're nearly as fast to construct as a pair of yoga pants; I will definitely be making more of them.
This pair even earned one of my closely-rationed StyleArc labels:
|My StyleArc label|