Completed: Organic Cotton Jeggings

9 Mar

Good morning, friends! I hope this post finds you well – I have missed all of you! If you missed out on the drama last week (and/or were wondering why I suddenly fell silent and my website went poof into the night), I had a bit of an issue with an expired domain and transferring it back into my name. You can read the boring backstory about it in this post, but basically – everything should be fixed and up and running. If you’re still having problems getting to the site (I was until last night, thanks to my internet provider), try clearing your cache and cookies and see if that helps. Sorry for all the dramz! Shit should be back to normal from here on out!

Anyway, enough of that boring internet talk – let’s talk about why we’re all here! Sewing and fabric and actual fun happy stuff, yeah!

Ginger Jeggings

For this week’s project, I bring you: Jeggings. I’m not sure if this means I’ve cracked some kind of sewing power code with all the ridiculously normal/boring things I’ve made at this point, or if it means I’ve hit rock bottom (I mean, we are talking about the ultimate comfort clothing here. I am not above making fun of jeggings, just so we’re clear). You tell me. What I can tell you is that these are INSANELY comfortable and now I kind of get the hype.

Ginger Jeggings

I’m not really much of a comfort-clothes seeker/wearer – I’m ok with being a little pulled in for the sake of looking nice when I’m out in public. That being said, it’s not a very interesting story as to how I came about obtaining a pair of the ultimate comfort/secret pajama clothes. It started out as a fabric review for Organic Cotton Plus. I was prowling around on their website, looking for something to pick as my next project, when I came across their organic knit denim. The fact that it’s called “knit denim” should have raised some sort of warning flag, but I didn’t even notice it – I just saw denim and immediately got starry-eyed. I’m always on the lookout for a good denim source, and this sounded too good to be true. Organic cotton denim with 5% lycra? GET ON MY BODY. I submitted my order and anxiously waited for my shipment.

Ginger Jeggings

The spoiler here is that this definitely is not denim – not in the true sense of what you get when you buy a pair of jeans. It’s definitely a knit fabric – a very thick, stable ponte-ish type of fabric that looks exactly like denim. It’s the right color and has that twill weave look. It thick and squishy with a good, firm stretch. It’s like a marriage of a tshirt and a pair of jeans. I don’t really understand it, but I’m not going to argue with it. At any rate, I had a yard of this stuff and I realized I needed to make something with it. And that’s where jeggings came in. I wanted to see if I could actually make a pair of jeggings. I did, and now y’all get to see how they turned out.

First things first, I realize that these don’t technically classify as actual jeggings. The material does – it’s more of a knit than a denim, it’s very stretchy and it has a lot of spandex in it. However, these are constructed like an actual pair of jeans. They have working pockets (both front and back), they have an actual zip fly, and there is no elastic in the waistband. The only part about these things that makes them even remotely jeggings-like is the fabric they’re made from. However, I’m going to keep calling them jeggings because – well, I made them, and I get to call the shots. Them’s the rules.

Ginger Jeggings

When I was planning these out (after receiving the fabric, but before cutting into it), I debated on whether to make these into jeans-looking pants – aka, true jeggings, with the pockets and fly simply suggested by lines of topstitching. I thought it would be interesting to see how the fabric works when it’s treated like a woven, so I decided to use an actual jeans pattern and follow it the same way I would if I was making these out of denim. I used the Ginger Jeans pattern and basically did not make any changes for the fabric. The size is the same size I used for my woven denim and stretch twill jeans, and all finishing and topstitching uses the same methods as those pairs do. The only difference is that I didn’t flat-fell any of my seams – I figured it was enough that I was making these out of stretch material, so I just serged and topstitched (like you would with leggings). I’m surprised at how well they fit, although I think the legs could be a little tighter around the ankle. Also – they turned out surprisingly long, due to the 4 way stretch. I actually cut 3″ off the pattern legs before cutting (that was the ONLY way I could make these out of a yard of fabric – short inseam!), which should make them the correct length – but they magically grew, and now they’re too long. I’ve cuffed them for now, because I want to wash them a couple more times and eliminate any additional shrinking before I re-hem them.

Ginger Jeggings

Making these was really fun, and surprisingly quick! Like I said, I made them the same way you’d make a pair of jeans, except I didn’t flat-fell any of the seams. Everything was sewn on my sewing machine with a stretch needle and the edges were finished with my serger. For the topstitching, I used a triple stitch (thanks to Emmie for showing me the stitch on my Bernina – I guess this means I should probably read the manual more often, ha!), which makes a nice defined topstitch that also stretches quite a bit. The waistband is interfaced with my favorite stretch interfacing (seriously – this stuff is AWESOME), which gives it enough structure to look nice, but doesn’t sacrifice any of that comfy stretch. There is an actual zipper and button installed, however, I did leave off the rivets.

Ginger Jeggings

Ginger Jeggings

Basically, these look & wear like jeans – BUT THEY FEEL LIKE PAJAMAS. If that doesn’t blow your mind with amazement, then I give up.

Ginger Jeggings

Sorry ’bout that VPL, story of my life. I do think the pockets are a bit low, which is likely due to the 4 way stretch. I don’t care enough to remove them and raise them, so it’s whatever.

Ginger Jeggings

Ginger Jeggings

Here are some gut close-ups so you can better see what I was working with. The material really looks like denim! Everything handled pretty well, except attaching the belt loops did get a little difficult at the end, just because there were soo many layers (I ended up hammering them as flat as I could, which helped a little. Still broke a couple of needles in the process, argh.). All the topstitching was done with a single needle and a single piece of thread, sewn with the triple stitch. I used lemon yellow cotton thread, also from Organic Cotton Plus, which was nice and thick and worked out quite well with the triple stitch. It looks more gold than neon yellow when it’s against the dark indigo, which I really like.

Ginger Jeggings

Proof that there’s actually a zipper in there! The zipper is also from Organic Cotton Plus; it’s just a heavy brass jeans YKK zipper, but it works really nicely with this pattern. The 6″ length was just barely long enough for the high-waisted version of this pattern; I ended up cutting about 1/2″ off in excess when all was said and done. The pocket lining is just some stretch cotton sateen I had in my stash. I wanted to use something with a stretch, so it wouldn’t fight against the stretch of the exterior fabric.

Ginger Jeggings

And here’s the back! Mock-flat felled seams (just serged and topstitched) and patch pockets! I had to cut the waistband in pieces, because I didn’t have enough fabric to cut it on the fold – but the seam is covered by the back belt loop, so it can just be our secret, ok.

Ginger Jeggings

So that’s my little sewing experiment! Turns out you *can* make jeans with jegging material – with all the look of jeans, but the comfort of leggings. Love it! And since there are back pockets, I don’t feel as compelled to cover my butt haha. What do you think? Is this a win or just the weirdest garment I’ve ever made? Have you – or do you – wear jeggings? I always made fun of them, but man, can’t deny how comfy they are!!

As a side note – I mentioned this on Instagram yesterday, but it bears mentioning here too. I’m moving soon! I was finally able to get hold of my landlord with the notice and vacate date (they require 60 days, but they’re gonna let us out in 30 days because they love us for being awesome tenants haha), so we’ll be out of this house by the end of March! My best friend/life partner/former roommate just bought a house in the woods in a small town outside of Nashville, and Landon & I will be moving into the lower level as her roommates! The house is cool as shit, the land is AMAZING (did I mention it’s in the woods? Gah I can’t wait to be a hippie and raise chickens in the forest lolol), and I so look forward to living with my two very best friends in one house. Plus – I get a new sewing room! How cool is that? 🙂


** Note: Organic Cotton Plus provided the materials (denim knit, zipper, thread) for this project in exchange for a review. All thoughts and options are my own.


64 Responses to “Completed: Organic Cotton Jeggings”

  1. AndreSue March 9, 2015 at 8:12 am #

    Well done! They look amazing. 🙂

  2. traeumvommeer March 9, 2015 at 8:48 am #

    Great job!
    However, I think the back pockets aren’t doing you too many favours, so next time you might want to make them smaller and maybe a bit more rounded, and place them a little higher, so they end where your backside ends. That way, they will compliment your butt instead of making it look a bit flat.

    • LLADYBIRD March 9, 2015 at 8:54 am #

      I completely agree and I thank you for your constructive criticism 🙂 They are indeed a little low (they’re actually in the same spot as where I put the pockets on my woven Gingers, but since this fabric has 4 way stretch, I reckon it pulled the pockets down a bit), and I see what you mean about the size and shape. I’ll be honest and say that I probably won’t go through the effort of removing these and moving them up – I don’t think they look terrible, although they could totally be improved for the next pair. Anyway, thanks for your input! 🙂

  3. Sallie March 9, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    I think these are AWESOME! I see nothing wrong with secret pajama clothes! And yes, i know we all love to make fun of jeggings, but these are some seriously legit jeggings! High fives!!! And you look fantastic, btw. Cute tush!

    • LLADYBIRD March 9, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

      Haha! My tush and I both thank you for your compliments 😛

  4. Marie March 9, 2015 at 9:18 am #

    These look like heaven. I live in these sorts of jeans, and really like a good turn up (I’m 5’2″ so that’s sort of the default for me) If you’re feeling lazy then keep the extra length and go with it.

    I might check out the Ginger Jeans pattern as I’m starting to try to eliminate high street purchases for handmade wherever possible (Just made my first ‘Watson’!) x

    • LLADYBIRD March 9, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

      Ooh, definitely holler at the Ginger jeans pattern. I sound like a huge Heather Lou suck up, but I REALLY love this pattern. Definitely the most RTW-looking jeans I’ve ever made (I mean that as a compliment 🙂 ). And congratulations on making your first Watson! Yay!

  5. Kelly March 9, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    These seem like THE perfect pants! They hardly look like leggings, and I have a feeling you’re going to steer some traffic to that site with this one! Congrats on the move, I’m looking forward to seeing some amazing forest backdrops soon!

    • LLADYBIRD March 9, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

      Forreal, I would be so pleased to start a little faux-leggings army if that’s the case haha 🙂 And yeeaaahh, so excited for the move and future forest backdrops! 😀

  6. Anna March 9, 2015 at 10:32 am #

    Definitely a win, not weird. I even like the cuffs, and quite often I don’t like those!

    • LLADYBIRD March 9, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

      Thanks! I gotta say, the cuffs are growing on me. I might leave them like that and not re-hem.

  7. Hila March 9, 2015 at 10:56 am #

    New to me and very exciting! Making jeans out of one of my favourite fabrics! Love the look of them. 😀.

  8. qplourde March 9, 2015 at 11:22 am #

    Wow, they really look like jeans, I wouldn’t have known. Very interesting experiment and I actually think the cuffs at the bottom look cute!

    • LLADYBIRD March 9, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

      Thank you! I can’t get over how much they look like jeans… especially since they are SUPER comfy haha!

  9. Beth March 9, 2015 at 11:31 am #

    These look great! And the fact that they’re comfy makes them better yet. Can’t wait for pics of Into the Woods with Lladybird…. Question: when placing pockets on pants made of a knit fabric, how can you tell for sure where they’re going to end up?
    (Also, looking for the perfect yarn for your Little Cable Knee-Highs. Probably won’t get worn for awhile, but every now and then I like to plan ahead…. 🙂 )

    • LLADYBIRD March 9, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

      The best thing to do (and this is what I should have done!) is to baste the pockets in place and then finish assembling the pants, so you can put them on and actually see the pocket placement in relation to your body and the stretch of the fabric. I did this for my first pair of Gingers, and it’s not terribly difficult to sew the pockets on proper after the pants have been assembled. Of course, you could always just baste the inseam and then you could open it back up for a flat sewing area 🙂

      • Beth March 9, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

        Gotcha — thanks!

  10. Kelly March 9, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    It’s nice to have you back! I completely cannot get my head around these…jeans…jeggings…? Or that fabric…I just…no, it hurts my head to think that it’s not real denim! It LOOKS like real denim! Arghhhh!

    • Kelly March 9, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

      Oh, but other than that, they look really cool, and sound like they are super comfy!

    • LLADYBIRD March 9, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

      It know, it’s so trippy isn’t it!? They look like real jeans but they feel like comfy pjs! Ahhhh so much the best hahaha!

  11. shaewc March 9, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    These are awesome! I am all for pajamas as pants!! The best thing is that they really look like just skinny jeans.

    • LLADYBIRD March 9, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

      Yep! Now no one has to know my comfy secret (well, I guess y’all do… but we’ll just keep this to ourselves, yeah? 🙂 haha)

  12. feministgina March 9, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    I cannot be trusted to comment on whether these are weird because I am 100% going to make some. I hardly ever wear jeans (or pants, really) because they’re uncomfortable, but I just got the Ginger pattern to try to figure out how to make them better. I’ve been eyeing Gillian’s stretch jeans quite a bit, and I think your version with this fabric is perfect for secret pajama pants. And congrats on the new place!

    • LLADYBIRD March 9, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      Ah yeah! Let’s start a faux-skinny-jeans-but-really-leggings army haha! 😀

  13. Britney March 9, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    these are soooo amazing! they need to get in my closet RIGHT NOW.

    • LLADYBIRD March 9, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

      Girl, make you some! 😀

      • Britney March 9, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

        GIRL! I WILL!! I just hope they have the pajama Jean fabric still when I can buy some!! Lol

  14. Thimberlina March 9, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    They look amazing, and I’m so excited to see them cos I’ve just bought the ginger jeans pattern today 😀

    • LLADYBIRD March 10, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

      Oh yay! You are gonna love that pattern 😀

  15. steelyseamstress March 9, 2015 at 3:20 pm #

    Good to see you back again after the website drama. That fabric looks pretty interesting and they look super comfy!

    • LLADYBIRD March 10, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

      I am SO happy to be back! 🙂

  16. Kate Carvalho March 9, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

    Definitely a winner! You made Jeggings look cool! I gotta try it.

    • LLADYBIRD March 10, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

      Haha that’s a MASSIVE compliment, thank you! 🙂

  17. Heather Lou March 9, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    I want, I mean, I NEED a pair of these!!!! Fit looks great and mama loves pants that double as PJs… and congrats on the move!

    • LLADYBIRD March 10, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

      Thank you! I’m super excited to move – I love this house, but I’m so ready for a positive change. It’s gonna be a good one!

  18. catmealchocolate March 9, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

    Holy guacamole, they look so amazing! How do you–!?!

  19. Annie March 9, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

    Thanks for the great fabric review and the jeggings look really terrific. I would love to make myself a pair like that! Nice job with the finishing and great to have a pair of “jeans” that are so super comfy. Plus you get to feel extra virtuous because not only handmade, but organic cotton!

    I’ve bought a few things from Organic Cotton plus and so far loved everything I received — really high quality fabrics.

    • Annie March 9, 2015 at 7:34 pm #

      PS – Congrats on the move!

    • LLADYBIRD March 10, 2015 at 5:58 pm #

      Right? I love Organic Cotton Plus… everything I’ve received has been really great quality, it sews and wears both equally well.

  20. Melissa March 9, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

    I went to put in an order for two yards of the denim knit fabric and it was $40 for the fabric and $54 just for postage!! $94 for two yards of fabric?!! Granted its postage to Australia but that’s insane expensive! I’ll have to admire from afar then 🙂

    • LLADYBIRD March 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

      Ouch!! Postage to Australia is pretty crazy, isn’t it? (I feel the same way when I try to buy things from Australia – I see the postage price and I’m all LOLNOPE hah). I wonder if you could have it shipped to someone here local and have them reship? I feel like I’ve shipped things to Australia before for around $25 or so.

  21. Vicki Lynch March 9, 2015 at 8:30 pm #

    Glad you’re back. What a headache. I love the idea of jeans as comfy as jammy pants, but I’m all about comfortable clothes. They look great!

    • LLADYBIRD March 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

      Thank you! Comfy clothes rule 😀

  22. Lisa March 10, 2015 at 12:07 am #

    Looks fantastic! It’s look like hardcore denim! Must feel like a dream

    • LLADYBIRD March 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

      Like a super comfy dream haha 😉

  23. Jessica P. March 10, 2015 at 7:00 am #

    Wow! These look great! And comfort is an added bonus 🙂 Seeing all your Ginger jeans is making me want to try to make a pair. Is this a good pattern for beginners in the fitted pants world? I’ve sewed about everything else there is to sew, dresses, skirts, collared shirts, coats, but the only pants I have sewn were pjs which don’t really count as pants cause they are so baggy. What patterns would you recommend that not only are good patterns but also have good instructions?

    • LLADYBIRD March 10, 2015 at 6:03 pm #

      I’m not a beginner (nor have I been for a long time – at least when it comes to sewing), so I hesitate to recommend beginner-friendly patterns because I’m not really the best person to make that kind of assessment. I will say that this pattern is really good – the fit is great, the instructions are VERY good (and there’s a sew along on the Closet Case Files website if you get stuck) and they look super RTW.

      As far as other pants patterns – the only other one I’ve personally used that I felt that the instructions were great were the Sewaholic Thurlows. Most other pants patterns I’ve used tend to be a little skimpy when it comes to directions. That being said – once you’ve made one pair, you can make pretty much any pair. Just use your instructions on the pattern haha 🙂

      • Jessica P. March 11, 2015 at 7:30 am #

        Okay thanks! I love when patterns have sew along, they are so helpful. Now I just need to brave up and do it, lol!

  24. LifeChangeTour March 10, 2015 at 9:37 am #

    Awesome jeggings!
    Rather unrelated but does anyone know of any good online resources for kids learning to sew? My 8 year old cousin is really interested and we want to encourage her, but lessons here don’t start until age 12. She just got a machine. Before that she was using gluesticks to make purses and things out of her old clothes! Any suggestions would help! 🙂

    • LLADYBIRD March 10, 2015 at 6:04 pm #

      I can’t give you any recs, because that’s definitely not an area of the internet that I’ve ever explored! But maybe someone else can give you some pointers 🙂

  25. suebsewbyme March 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

    These are great , I love jeggings and am always pleased to see more , they look terrific , job well done 🙂

  26. peculiarlou March 11, 2015 at 9:38 am #

    It’s my goal to make jeans/jeggings! these look awesome.

  27. Susan March 11, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    So this is totally nerdy of me but I’m in school for textiles at FIT. I can’t tell from the pics but it’s possible this fabric is one of those wovens that mimics a knit. Diesel uses it in their Jogg jeans (and they claim it’s a knit but it’s not) and Reebok has a pair too. If you look at the back side and stretch it between your two hands, you can see it flat and see the weave. If this is actual knit, then it’ll unravel like knit. I had some of the woven version without realizing it was woven (I thought it was a knit) and then I just freaked out when I cut it, haha. I’m gonna go get more at Mood!

    • LLADYBIRD March 11, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

      umm I REALLY love the nerdiness of this comment! That’s really awesome, I didn’t realize that there was a fabric like that.

  28. Lisette March 13, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    Oh man, so many battles over jeggings between us theatre wardrobe girls. I’m intrigued by this fabric, since it isn’t just printed to look like denim.

  29. Naomi March 16, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    I LOVE them!! I made my baby some jeggings with a similar material and want some of my own. I have never had jeggings but think they would be way comfier than skinny jeans. You can definitely get away with your butt uncovered. I am surprised you could cut the same size as you jeans and not have them look saggy due to the stretch. I’m adding these to my list!

  30. Jennifer March 19, 2015 at 6:36 am #

    Gorgeous! Absolutely perfect.


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