Subversive Femme

Bad Girl goes Western – plus mods for Curvy Gals

Thanks for all the nice comments on the blog and Facebook – the BG pants are definitely getting a lot of loving, and I had to make one last pair (for the moment).

Meet the Bad Girl Western Jeans.

My inspiration was this pattern (View 1), Advance 8341 from 1957.

I wanted something with a slim fit, but more authentic pockets than the original Butterick 5895 version (I still think their pocket isn’t the most attractive option).

western vintage jeans 1950s plus size denim bakelite candy butterick 5895

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The western pockets were VERY easy to add to the pattern, and I love them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The denim only has a small amount of stretch (less than stretch twill) and I think they hold their shape much better. (Denim came from Fabric Remnant Warehouse in Alexandria)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These pants just fit in all the right places, but it wasn’t always the case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did warn you.

Anyway, as promised, here’s what the first cut muslin of what the pants looked like in cotton stretch sateen. I’m frowning because they dip dramatically at the front (waistband not attached at this stage).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See the blue line? That’s where they should be sitting.

And now the back – much more noticeable, and the sateen makes any smile lines really stand out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time for a Curvy Gal adjustment for booty or belly.

1. Figure out how much you need to raise the back (or front) to even it out to match where it sits on your hips. (Lets say 2 inches)

2. Draw a line across your pattern, about 4 inches down from the top (doesnt have to be exact, but around the middle is good).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.Ā  Cut along line, from centre back seam to side seam, leaving a tiny bit attached. Hinge the top part of your pants pattern upwards, the amount you measured before (the 2 inches).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Fill in that new gap with paper, retrace and you have a new piece that will actually meet your waist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, it’s really that easy.

I hope the booty and belly mod helps some of you! If you get stuck, let me know.
xxx

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  • Reply
    Jen
    March 28, 2015 at 11:30 am

    That curvy girl adjustment makes good sense to me! Thank you for sharing it; I will print out this blog entry and stuff it into the Gertie's pattern envelope so it will be there when I finally get to sewing up that pattern (after Viva LV sometime, I am sure!)

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    Alecia
    March 28, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    The before picture is why Im scared of pants, as someone with a somewhat weird hip area (weird as in anatomically deformed) I can't image all the adjustments I would have to do. They look so lovely on and you've done such a good job on them šŸ™‚

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    Jessica Cangiano
    March 28, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    The finished denim pants are sensational! They fit you wonderfully and look so cool + stylish + timeless.

    ā™„ Jessica

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    Evie
    March 28, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    You are too cute! These turned out wonderfully, and those pockets are AMAZING.

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    Zola Spud
    March 29, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Very nice, very nice indeed!
    For my preference, I think I'd want to jeans-ify them a little more: butt pockets and fat turn-ups. Whaddaya think? x

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    Zola Spud
    March 29, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Very nice, very nice indeed!
    For my preference, I think I'd want to jeans-ify them a little more: butt pockets and fat turn-ups. Whaddaya think? x

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    Jessica
    March 29, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I'm an absolute novice when it comes to sewing, so I'm not quite ready for something as, well, terrifying as pants, but this is such great advice! I'll have to keep this bookmarked for when I get up to speed. Love the finished look, very cute and very flattering on you.
    Cheers,
    Zella Maybe

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    Claire Gittins
    March 29, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    I love your pockets…may have to 'be inspired' by those šŸ˜‰
    I also love your floral blouse. Did you make that too?

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    christina snellgrove
    March 29, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Gorgeous jeans, the fit is sensational. Really clear instructions for pattern adjustment.

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    Rochelle New
    March 31, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Those are the most perfectly amazing pockets I have ever seen!

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    Rosie O'Grady
    April 1, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    You did a beautiful job top stitching and fitting! Thanks for posting; you inspire us all!

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    Rosie O'Grady
    April 1, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    You did a beautiful job top stitching and fitting! Thanks for posting; you inspire us all!

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    Eimear Greaney
    April 3, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    they are gorgeous. i hope to make some jeans later in the year and was trying to figure some pocket alternatives………… those pockets are brilliant. great fit on the jeans they look amazing

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    Sassy T
    May 7, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Looove these jeans. Your figure is amazing in them
    Would you mind me sharing these on SSB in the future? I credit, link to your post and let you know when featured.
    https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees.

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    Bex
    May 9, 2015 at 5:50 am

    Sassy T, of course that's fine! Thanks for asking first though šŸ™‚

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    Sassy T
    May 11, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks. I will let you know when on this post.

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