Jeans (Butterick 5682) and Peplum top (Vogue 8815)

Peplum top and ankle-length jeans

Peplum top and ankle-length jeans Peplum top and ankle-length jeans

Jeans
Jeans

My first pair of jeans! Actually not the first pair that I made, as I’ve made jeans several times for my husband and Sidra, but this would be the first time for myself. I finished them more than a week ago and have been wearing them so much ever since. That definitely is a sign of a successful project.

Butterick 5682
Butterick 5682

The fabric is dark denim and the pattern is Butterick 5682. From the pattern envelope: “At waist, fitted jeans (A,B,C,D) and semi fitted trouser (E), have contoured waistband and fly zipper. A: Slim leg, ankle length. B: Straight leg. C: Boot cut. D: Flared leg. E: Straight leg, hook and eye closure.” I made view A.

After checking the finished measurements, I realized that this pattern has a lot of ease. Like, a lot. My waist and hip measurements are closer to size 8, but I decided to make size 6 instead. Later I found out that I still had to slim down the sides.

My alterations:

  • back and front: shortened the rise 1 cm
  • back pattern: swayback adjustment  1 cm
  • The supposedly ankle length was way longer than my whole leg, I chopped it off accordingly.
  • After fitting: slimmed down the sides about 1.5 cm on each side and reshaped the legs

The pocket linings are leftover from my green Pastille dress. I also used the same fabric for waistband lining since the denim was not enough. Construction-wise I didn’t find much difficulties, except for the one time I accidentally hammered my finger when installing the rivets (ouch!). My sewing machine also refused to make buttonhole on those thick layers, so I cheated and sewed a pair of hook and eye, the jeans button is for decorative purpose only.

Jeans Jeans

I’m quite satisfied with the result! It is hard for someone my size to find slim, ankle-length pattern in the right size and shape. The legs were always too long, and when shortened, the shape and proportion were disturbed. Good to know that I can make them myself!

Now that I would need a top to wear with my new jeans, I whipped up this little peplum top with stretch velvet in neon yellow. This kind of top is a trend that I’ve always interested in but wasn’t sure that they’re gonna work for my body.

Vogue 8815
Vogue 8815

The pattern is Vogue 8815, from the pattern envelope: “Fitted top has raised waist/hemline variations and narrow hem. A and B: back zipper. C: pullover, wrong side shows (back hemline), back neck slit with hook/eye closing. B and C: stitched hems on sleeves. Purchase bias tape to finish necklines and armholes A.” I made view B.

My alterations:

  • The smallest size for this pattern is 8, I graded it down to size 6.
  • Bodice: shortened 2.5 cm
  • Bodice back: Swayback adjustment 1 cm
  • Back peplum: swayback adjustment 0.5 cm
  • Peplum: shortened 5 cm
  • Sleeves: shortened 2 cm
  • After fitting: lowered front neckline 1.5 cm, lengthened back darts 2.5 cm

This pattern is marked as ‘very easy’, and it is indeed easy with only 5 pattern pieces (4 for the sleeveless one). I didn’t look at the instructions at all. As my fabric is stretchy, I skipped the back zipper. In retrospect, I should’ve cut the back peplum on fold.

I didn’t use bias bindings for the neckline and finished it like a T-shirt neckline. A strip of fabric is folded and then attached to the neckline using overlocker. The key is stretching the strips of fabric while sewing it so the neckline wouldn’t stretch out and gape. Later I used coverstitch function on my overlocker to topstitch the neckline. The sleeves and hem were also finished with coverstitch.

I find the shape quite flattering and it is so easy to wear. This top is basically a fitted T-shirt!
Peplum top Peplum top

Jeans pattern is Butterick 5682 size 6, altered to fit.
Peplum top pattern is Vogue 8815, graded down to size 6.

  • http://www.madalynne.com maddie

    I really like your lingerie but I really really like this ensemble you made. Stretch velvet as a tee? That’s different, unique, and I like it!

    • http://verypurpleperson.com Novita

      Thank you Maddie! <3

  • http://farsland.blogspot.com Far

    I really really like both the peplum top and jeans on you. You did such a great job and inspiring me! Don’t know when I would ever try my hand on sewing pants yet, but I will definitely get that peplum pattern and make one :)

  • http://fabricepipanies.blogspot.co.nz Andrea fabricepiphanies.blogspot.com

    I love both items. The jeans are very rtw looking and the length is very now. I have just ordered the peplum pattern in an online sale. I can’t wait for it to arrive.

  • http://makesthethings.com Stephanie

    Neon yellow stretch velvet?! OMG, it’s amazing! I absolutely love this outfit.

  • isabel

    The jeans are great, but I must say, that top is beyond stunning on you!!

  • http://honig-design.blogspot.com elise

    Great outfit! Love the colour of the peplum top!

  • http://debslosingit.com/ Deb

    That top is so cute! I love it!

  • http://washington-florida-newyork.tumblr.com/ Julie d.

    I love that top! I’ve been noticing it on a lot of blogs lately and I really want to make it!

  • http://www.theroyaljunkyard.blogspot.com shona

    Effortless yet funky, I like. The jeans are so well done.

  • http://gingermakes.wordpress.com Ginger

    Ooh, what a cute outfit! Your jeans look so professional!

  • http://notesfromamadhousewife.blogspot.com lisa g

    your jeans are so impressive! the topstitching looks absolutely perfect. i like the top also, looks cute and comfy!

  • http://sewgetdressed.blogspot.com Abby

    I’m so impressed when I see someone sew jeans. It’s really inspiring, since they’re thought of as being pretty complicated (I haven’t even made pants yet, let alone jeans!). They look great on you, and the top is adorable too.

  • http://projektsukienka.blogspot.com/ Aneta Małgorzata Anna

    You look great in yellow!
    Regards from Cracow :)
    btw – I started to write a little in English on my blog – you are welcome :)

  • http://www.sweetgeorgiathecraftysquirrel.blogspot.com Lisa

    Your jeans look great, one garment I have never tried to make- mmm inspired maybe I will give it a go. Top looks good too!

  • http://www.ola-maes.com Kristen

    I bought that same jeans pattern and had to size it down a lot as well. But after that I loved it and used it to make 3 pairs of shorts for this past summer. I just bought some more denim to use for a pair of jeans with the pattern.

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