Hello! It’s been ages since I posted. So long, in fact, that I forgot my wordpress password – oops! Anyway, things are good. No reason for my long absence other than just not feeling like blogging. However, I thought this project was worth dusting off the old blog, because I tried a new-to-me pattern company, and there’s not many reviews of this pattern out there. So, here’s my version of the Vado Boyfriend Jeans from Bootstrap Fashion.
Recently I’ve seen a few mentions of Bootstrap Fashion. The company appears to offer a variety of services, including “custom” home sewing patterns. The concept is you select (or create) a style, input your measurements, and the software generates a pattern that is supposedly custom fit for you. If I understand correctly, the software program Bootstrap uses is licensed from Lekala Patterns which has been around for a while, and if you look at both sites, they offer a lot of the same patterns.
I thought the idea was kind of intriguing, so I thought I’d give it a shot. The site offers some free patterns, and I’d planned to start with the free straight skirt pattern. However, I’d been out shopping for jeans, and was feeling really frustrated, and decided it was time to make my own. So I set the skirt aside and decided to dive in and try the Boyfriend Jeans first. Since making these jeans, I did go back and make the free skirt, and it turned out well.
Bootstrap offers three jeans patterns: skinny, bootcut, and boyfriend. I noticed that the boyfriend pattern only required a hip and waist measurement, plus your height and butt shape. The other styles have you input a lot more information. So I purchased the boyfriend style. I thought fewer measurements sounded easier, and I hoped the looser fit of the boyfriend style would be more forgiving fit wise.
I put in my measurements, paid, and waited for the email with my pattern. The pattern PDF was delivered quickly, as well as some instructions. (I do note that the Bootstrap instructions aren’t stellar. They’re adequate and do the job, but they’re definitely not like the illustrated, indie-pattern-company-type instruction booklets, or even Big 4 instructions for that matter.) The PDF went together without any difficulty. I paid .50 cents extra to have the seam allowances added.
I made a muslin, and the fit wasn’t so bad it was a deal breaker, so I continued on and did some alterations. The biggest problem was the rise was really long. These felt like mens jeans, meaning there seemed to be excess crotch room. So I shortened the rise about 1.5 inches. I think I could/should have taken out more because something still feels off about the crotch.
I also scooped the back crotch curve out deeper (which I guess lengthened it – honestly I still have a hard time wrapping my brain around pants alterations, even though I’ve read Pants for Real People over and over).
As you can see from the side and back, I still have wrinkles (or are those folds?) in the back. I pinched things and let out seams and re-sewed seams a few times, and it never really looked much different, so I decided this was as good as these were going to get. Looking at the pattern picture, I think the these fit me similar to the way the are represented in the picture.
My overall impression is that I’m somewhat happy (maybe a 4 on a 1-5 scale). I ended up with a wearable pair of jeans! They fit better than several RTW ones I tried on (at least these actually fit my waist without being too tight in the hip). And I didn’t have a terrible fitting experience. But it wasn’t a magic bullet either. I think these are more boyfriend-y than I really wanted. I wish the crotch wasn’t so long. I also feel like they get too narrow at the ankle, these are almost too tight when I roll them.
I will definitely try another Bootstrap pattern, probably a dress. I am still curious about the other jeans styles too. I think the other styles might have given a better fit because they require more measurements. I may eventually try the bootcut ones, but I don’t have immediate plans because right after making the muslin for these I tried Jalie 2908, and those fit really well straight out of the envelope. (I still need to sew them in denim though.)
Speaking of denim, the fabric for these is from Threadbare Fabrics. It’s the 10 oz 100% cotton Cone Mills Denim. It doesn’t have any stretch, so I thought it would be a good match for the pattern and boyfriend style. It sewed really nicely, and I would recommend it if you are looking for denim without any lycra in it. I’m still on the fence about distressing these. I’d like the look, but have a hard time bringing myself to actually do it after putting the time into sewing them. Maybe I’ll play with my scraps and see how it goes.
Whew, that was a longer post than I intended! Has anyone else tried the Bootstrap jeans patterns? What do you think?