Simplicity 8701 Wide Leg Jeans Again

Simplicity 8701 Wide Leg Jeans Again

I love it when a plan comes together and when I wrote this post mentioning my plans this year I spoke about the types of clothes I want to make and my chosen colour palette. Well, I’ve just made Simplicity 8701 wide-leg jeans again and I reckon they will be another useful addition to my wardrobe. 

I feel like I’ve been on a bit of a roll lately because I’ve loved everything that I’ve made in recent months and have worn them all (winning!)

Simplicity 8701 Wide Leg Jeans Again

I don’t usually have UFOs (unfinished objects) or WIPs (works in progress) left in my stash but this ended up being my first one. I started these jeans/pants late last Summer but then life and client work took over and the weather turned cold. The fabric isn’t overly weighty so it’s more suited to Spring-type milder temps. So here we are at last with this project finished and ready for Spring!

Speaking of the fabric…it’s mid-lightweight denim with some stretch and a sort of uneven-toned weave in a warm camel. It came from Sew Me Sunshine.

If you read my blog regularly then you’ll know that I’ve made this Simplicity design twice before. My first version was in blue denim and the second was in cream denim. Both pairs are worn regularly and are super comfy. I’d already made pattern adjustments to the waist and crotch (mentioned in my blue jean post), so I know that it’s a nice easy make with no stress about fit and I can just enjoy the process.

Like my cream jeans, I went for a scooped front pocket and squared back patch pockets. I chose olive green thread for topstitching and to get the thickness of thread that I wanted I ran two regular Gutermann threads together. 

Simplicity 8701 Front pockets

On the back pockets, I drew out my design first and then chose to topstitch it using a triple stitch for a change. I love how they look.

Simplicity 8701 Back pockets

Of course, I had to make the inside of my jeans pretty 🙂 so I used up some stripey linen scraps from my stash and used them for the inside of the pockets and the zip guard. I also sewed a Hong Kong binding along the bottom edge of the waistband. Love how nice it looks even though I’ll be the only one that knows it’s there…Oh, and the whole internet as well! 😀

Simplicity 8701 Binding detail

When I was taking photos of these jeans, I was also photographing some other makes so I ended up wearing all three new items for these pictures and love how they all look together. 

Simplicity 8701 Wide Leg Jeans Again
Simplicity 8701 Wide Leg Jeans Again

You’ll recognise my latest Marlo cardigan from last week and underneath that, I’m wearing a fun hooded top in a leopard jersey which is my second version of Grasser 913 (you can see and read all about my first version here). Here it is worn with my wide cream jeans…

Grasser Hoody with Cream Simplicity 8701 Jeans

I know these new jeans will get lots of wear and will work well with many pieces from my wardrobe. I’m coming to realise the beauty of sticking to a colour palette of shades that suit me and the ease of putting outfits together that results from it. How about you? Do you have a chosen palette that you more or less stick to? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by,

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  1. Joan
    April 2, 2023 / 5:09 am

    Love your new jeans, Diane! Every detail + the established fit look top-notch! Thanks for the suggestion about doubling standard thread — I hadn’t read about that option before.

    Your leopard print top highlights every aspect of your personal coloring! It looks terrific on you.

    I haven’t been good about limiting the colors I sew — yet. But I think I will become more careful if I improve my skills to develop a ‘sewn wardrobe’ rather than the ‘additions’ to my wardrobe that I am sewing now…

    • Diane
      April 2, 2023 / 2:37 pm

      So glad you like them, thanks, Joan! Re-leopard top…I was a bit unsure at first about buying a busy print and in leopard too, but I think there are enough lighter tones in it and I’ve realised that I love it and it’s fun! My mum adores how I look in it 🙂
      As for my colour palette…I don’t think I could ever be one of those minimalist types of people that only wear 2 or 3 colours or neutrals, but I’ve benefitted from narrowing things down somewhat and also making sure that the colour temperature or saturation etc. are of similar values.

  2. Joan
    April 2, 2023 / 5:11 am

    p.s. Your new Marlo cardigan, leopard hooded top and jeans REALLY look great together!

    • Diane
      April 2, 2023 / 2:28 pm

      Ohh, thank you!

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