When I asked her about it, she told me that she really likes them because they make her feel tall. She said something like this: "You know how if you have a square and a rectangle that are the same height, the rectangle will look taller? I think it's kind of like that. I know I'm not actually taller, but it kind of seems like it more with these than my other jeans." Very insightful, kiddo.
I was very unimpressed with the quality of those Old Navy jeans. The denim looked very worn after just a few washes and they had a hole in the knee after a couple of months so I wasn't eager to go buy another pair. I had flagged an Ottobre pattern for trying to make a pair of skinny jeans, but knew it would take a fair bit of modifications to make it work. Then I remembered this Jalie pattern and got right to work on it.
I started with size I, tapered the legs so they're skinny jeans, and added 6" of length. The only part of this pattern that I didn't like was the waistband. The instructions would have you cut it out on the bias, but I was skeptical about that so I cut it on the straight grain. I also think it is a little too wide, but it might just look different to me because I omitted belt loops.
While I was making these, I was expecting them to be too small (the pieces all just looked so skinny!) so I took some shortcuts. I mentioned the lack of belt loops, but there are also no rivets, and minimal back pocket detailing and less topstitching than is typical for jeans.
I did add buttonhole elastic in the waistband because I thought the waistband might gape (and it does). The elastic does help with that.
Here are the modeled shots:
Doesn't she look tall? ;) I'm curious to see how this denim holds up after a few wears and washes. I'm sure I'll be making more of these.