FO Friday: Denim Persephones

white woman stands in front of brown chest of drawers, lit from atop. she is wearing a green tank top and light wash high waist wide leg jeans and has her hands on her hips.
photo credit: Chaitanya Muralidhara

Pattern: Persephone Pants by Anna Allen

Fabric: Non-stretch denim from Joann’s

Size: 14

Started: March 2, 2020

Completed: March 5, 2019

a white woman stands at a bar, her body sideways to the camera. she is wearing a tank top and jeans.
photo credit: Chaitanya Muralidhara

Ever since I made my first pair of Persephone Pants in a twill I knew I wanted to make a pair in denim, too. I love the fit of these pants and wanted a jeans-like pair for everyday wear. I learned quickly that my first pair ended up roomier than I would prefer, especially with the stretch that happens with wear, so for these I went down a size. I think ultimately it was the right choice but I am not enjoying the breaking in phase at all.

a white woman stands at a bar, her body facing away from the camera and head turned to smile at it. she is wearing a tank top and jeans.
photo credit: Chaitanya Muralidhara

When I immediately finished the jeans I could just barely get them zipped up. They were definitely not the easy daily wardrobe staple I had been imagining. A friend recommended the old trick of taking a warm bath in the jeans to stretch them out, and then letting them air dry. It was not my favorite bath (and actually the fly facing ripped out of its stitching and had to be redone) but it worked wonders in getting the jeans to be comfortable enough to start wearing. As I have worn them I am finding they are stretching out where I need a bit of extra space (the hips) and are more and more comfy to wear.

a white woman stands at a table, her body facing away from the camera. she is wearing a cabled sweater and jeans.
photo credit: Chaitanya Muralidhara

Overall I do really love the whole these pants fill in my wardrobe. They are so perfect with my new Pamplemousse sweater and I can picture a ton of other tops they will be great with. The only modification I made was to remove 2″ from the length, and I am happy with the just cropped length I ended up with. If I made another pair I would grade out a bit at the hips. I think I have enough of this fabric left to make some shorts for this summer, so I will keep that in mind. These are well on their way to being tried and trues for me. Do you have any patterns that you can see sewing up and perfecting more and more? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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