The “I can breathe” Jeans
Now let me explain. I few years ago I started hearing how great Joe’s Jeans were. Unfortunately, at the time I was considerable larger then their largest size and couldn’t have a pair of these so called perfect jeans. Then for a lot of reasons only one of which was denim related I started exercising and eating better causing me to drop about 60lbs and a good number of clothing sizes. During this process I decided that I would allow myself one pair of designer jeans when I hit my goal weight. I hit my goal weight, started trying to maintain that, bought a pair of jeans, and accidentally lost another 5lbs. I know poor me really but this caused the first pair of Joe’s Jeans to become too big in the waist. I sort of fixed this by opening the waist band and adding elastic to the back. I also decided to buy another pair so I went to the store, tried on a size smaller, and then ordered the same size and fit but different wash online. They ended up being too small in that way where I could button them but they were never comfy. I should have returned them but instead I kept them around so that when I felt fat I could but them on and feel bad. OK that was not my actual reasoning but that was how I used them for a number of months. So when this challenge came around I decided to stop beating myself up over pants that never actually fit and solve the problem.
Since these were the Jolie wash which is pretty distressed to begin with I decided to add some patchy batike strips down each side. I cut about 1/4 inch from the outseam on both sides because there were pocket rivets right beside the seam in the front. I added the patchy strips to both sides strait up through the waist band. I also added a touch of elastic to the back because the Joes denim stretches out during the day. I’m really loving them now and as an added bonus I can breathe and I no longer have a pair of pants that exist for the sole purpus of making me feel bad about myself. I only wish I’d had a pair of pants like this in high school or college because I would have loved them even more at any point in the 90s.
Fabric: $12 worth of batike
Notions: one pair of Joe’s Jeans
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: February 2012
Wear again? and again and again and again
Total Cost: not counting the jeans $12 with the jeans I don’t want to think about it. Thankfully I know how to make my own now.