I suppose it wasn’t a total bust since i feel like i learned a tremendous amount.
But first the things that didn’t work:
The fabric is a wool (i know, i know), polyester, spandex denim which is more affortable than straight wool denim but as a result, too synthetic, too slippery, too thin, too shiny.
I had hoped the Jamie jeans pattern could save it but sadly no. Actually, there were problems with the pattern itself. I had to take almost 2 inches off the front rise and a smidge off the back. I should have done even more, though on the front that would make the pockets entirely useless. I would have also liked to take them in at the front seam (which was suggested by online sewers as the advantage of the additional seam) but again, with the pocket already set, it would have been a lot more work. And no, i didn’t do a muslin. Am i starting to see the advantage of that step? Maybe.
So to segue into what else i learned:
1. Setting the waistband is a true sewing miracle. I love it and i’m getting so much better at it. Moreover, the topstitching, the denim crotch seam and all the other classic jean detailing was such good practice for me. Especially when i had to do some steps twice!
3. Which brings me to my last thought. If my objection when sewing clothes is to make them in the fabric i want (and often can’t find) and since i usually don’t have trouble finding jeans that fit, then i’d like to try corduroy next. And no stretch please.