Well, this title is a bit of a misnomer. When I embarked upon this new jeans pattern I thought it would be fun to compare this skinny jean pattern to my current all-star, The Ginger Jeans by Closet Case. However, once I finished this pair of jeans, I realized that the patterns are two very different skinny jean patterns. Let me start by talking more about the Mimi G S8222.
This pattern is for skinny jeans and requires a denim with at least 25% stretch. I used this Robert Kauffman stretch denim that I really loved. It features all the traditional jeans details with the added bonuses of a curved waistband and the option for a slim, average, and curvy back piece. Here are the modifications that I made to this pattern:
I sewed a size 14 with the slim back, but added 2 1/2” (total) to the side seams at the waist only to accommodate my waist.
I shortened the legs by 3”
I shortened the rise in the front by 2” going to 1” at the side seam
I lengthened the rise in the back by 1” going to a reduction of 1” at the side seam
I did not interface the waistband (just the area of the button and button hole)
So, because these jeans require a fabric with so much stretch, these jeans are pretty much the comfiest jeans I’ve ever worn. I do wish, however, that I hadn’t added the extra width to the waist. with the stretch in the fabric, I don’t think I needed all the room. These have ended up a bit big around the waist.
While I probably need to take them in a bit the back, they are super comfortable and are going to get a TON of wear.
So onto comparisons with the Ginger Jeans. While the Gingers call for a stretch denim, the amount of elastane required in their fabric makes for a sturdier pair of jeans. I would put Gingers in a more traditional jeans category and the S8222 into an almost jegging category. However, construction for both pairs was almost identical (I even used Closet Case’s ebook for Sewing Your Own Jeans to construct this pair). Here are some side by side pictures for comparison:
Basically, I found that they are just two very different types of jeans. I really love them both for different reasons. I do, however, prefer the back pockets on the Gingers and the pocket stay in the front. I also really love how the Cone Mill denim has worn over the past couple of years. The S8222, on the other hand, are some of the most comfortable pair of pants I’ve ever worn, so there’s that. All in all, the Mimi G jeans were a success and I can definitely see myself making another pair.
If you’re interested in hearing a bit more about the two different patterns, I talk about it here:
And on that note, I’ll leave you with a few pictures of me actually wearing the Gingers for comparison.
We’ve got three more patterns to discuss before we wrap up this Mimi G Capsule, so stay tuned!
Until next time!