I love these jeans I have replaced all my store bought with the Ames. I have made at least 5 pair. They are much easier than I thought they would be. Directions are very clear.
I have had this pattern for at least 2 years and finally got around to sewing them. Forgot to do my normal adjustments (raise backrise /shorten length) and even with that I achieve a really good fit. Instructions are really really good.
The Ames jeans fit me well on my first toile so I’m just lucky my body is the same shape as the block. I made the size 14 pear pelvis because I like a firm fit. The first pair was bengaline to test them and the second pair are in metallic stretch denim.
Instructions were excellent.
I love the idea of using Apple and Pear body shape pattern pieces. The jeans I made came out too big in the waist and too big (and poufy looking) in the thighs. Part of that is my own fault for not triple-checking body versus garment dimensions. I may try again in the future. Some of the features of the pattern are very nice! I missed the fact that the belt loops should be attached lower than the waist piece so my belt loops are weird and very small for my belt.
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I think the style of these Ames jeans is great, the instructions are very clear and the overall look is very nice. The only issue is if you did not use very stretchy denim and you're using the pear shape style, these jeans will not fit due to the several inches of "negative ease" they place in the pattern through the hip. My denim had a bit of stretch, but clearly not enough and even letting it out I was not able to make these jeans fit even though I am the correct pattern size according to their size chart. So be careful with fabric selection! I have a lovely pair of jeans that are unwearable, which is a shame.