The pattern is well-drafted and the details are true to ready-to-wear. Heather Lou, the designer and founder of Closet Case Patterns, most definitely did her research. Despite the fact that I mostly live in jeans, there are details in ready-to-wear jeans that I never even thought of until I started working with this pattern. Not all ready-to-wear jeans are exactly the same of course but when I pulled out my old Gap jeans, I noticed similarities with the Ginger jeans pattern.
One thing was the stitching at the top of the side seam that runs for about 6 inches or so. Another was how the back pockets curve on the sides of the pockets closest to the center back seam. Working with this pattern results in a ready-to-wear style of jeans but better because you make it to your liking and fit.
Here are my old Gap jeans:
I knew I would be making adjustments to the pattern so I traced the leg patterns so as not to butcher the original pattern. For this muslin, I took in the side seams and inseams since I have very thin thighs:
I have also determined there are a few more adjustments I need to make on my next pair:
1. Take in the waistband just a little bit. The waistband is a little loose and I like waistbands to hug me just a little.
2. Make a large calf adjustment. Once I get up from sitting down, they get "stuck" on my calves and then I have to pull them down. I have the same problem with ready-to-wear but I won't have this problem with my next pair of jeans.
3. I have excess fabric below the derriere. There are a lot of suggestions out there as to how to remedy this. I will be researching and pondering how best to proceed.
I have a good quality medium weight denim I purchased at Mood a long time ago which I will use to make my next pair of jeans. But now I am in the mood for working with a different fabric...maybe stretch corduroy. It is still chilly here in the Northeast so if I get started on them soon, maybe I could wear them a couple of times. We'll see!