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Skinny Ash jeans + my first Briar sweater

Megan Nielsen Ash skinny jeans with dark blue topstitching + Briar sweater from terry sweatshirting

Well my friends now that we have wrapped up the Ash jeans sewalong, I’m so excited to share with you another pair of jeans that i made for myself during testing!

Megan Nielsen Ash skinny jeans with dark blue topstitching + Briar sweater from terry sweatshirting
Megan Nielsen Ash skinny jeans with dark blue topstitching + Briar sweater from terry sweatshirting

These are the skinny jeans V2, and I made them a little shorter than the regular full length as I was testing out what made a nice cropped length. This length is basically in between the full length and cropped lengths, and I would describe it as “ankle boot length” – as in, they are the perfect length to wear with my ankle boots without them scrunching. I must admit that i find them a little short for wearing with my sneakers, so my next pair i’ll make full length.

As with all my Ash jeans, I cut a size 28 at the waist and graded/blended to a 30 at the hips. This fabric is called “comfort stretch” from MRecht and i feel like that’s a pretty great description of how it feels to wear it. I love this fabric, and i especially enjoy the fact that it’s brown on the wrong side. I don’t know why i like that, but i guess it’s just different?

For this pair I wanted to go with a more subtle look, so instead of high contrast topstitching (which is my usual go to!) i went for a navy topstitch, that just blends into the denim.

I actually really liked how it turned out – so i repeated the navy topstitching in the final flare sample of the Ash jeans.

My one criticism of using matching topstitching is that it almost feels like you needn’t have bothered to make your topstitching perfect because you can’t really see it. Though on the flip side, if you aren’t feeling super confident with your topstitching then perhaps using a matching thread is a good idea as you won’t feel so stressed about mistakes being obvious!

These jeans have been worn for about a year and I am really enjoying how they are starting to show some fading along the seams.

I find it truly hilarious that i usually get upset by my clothing fading, but when it comes to denim i celebrate it! I feel like sewing jeans has really changed my perspective on how fabric weathers over time, and i’m starting to enjoy how it develops its own unique appearance over time.

Megan Nielsen Ash skinny jeans with dark blue topstitching + Briar sweater from terry sweatshirting

The sweater I’m wearing hasn’t actually been blogged before (i don’t think?) as i’ve never been too happy with it, and i usually only wear it when i am in desperate need of a sweater and everything else is dirty. i admit it.

It was my very first muslin of the Briar sweater! The neckline was much too wide in the first version, the sleeves were too short and the curved hem was much much too exaggerated. In short it was a mess! In an attempt to save it and make it wearable I ended up straightening it out and adding a band hem and cuffs to tie it all together.

I think the neckline being too wide is the main reason i don’t wear this out the house too often – it just looks a little odd with almost every top. For the the final pattern i made the neckline smaller and i think it works more universally that way. Though admittedly now that i see these pictures I feel like this sweater doesn’t look like as much of a disaster as i think of it as. As per usual, i should probably just chill out!

The fabric is a terry sweatshirting, and the wrong side is pink and the right side is cream… so i kind of broke the rules and used the wrong side as the right side, and the right side as the neck band, hem band and cuffs.

Using the wrong side of the fabric is about as rebellious as i get, so enjoy it haha.

Megan Nielsen Ash skinny jeans with dark blue topstitching + Briar sweater from terry sweatshirting
About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Let’s Get Sewing
4 years ago

I love this outfit, it’s so classic but special because you made it.

JulieK
JulieK
3 years ago

I love the sweater! The fact that you used right side out fabric for the neckline is genius, it looks really good!