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Dim Sum and Sashiko Rayon Boot Cut Ginger Jeans

It took a decade, but it looks like skinny jeans are out and boot cut/flare is back in! I resisted the skinny jeans trend for so long until I finally caved and needed something to wear with my knee-high boots. Since then, I’ve been hooked even though it’s not exactly the most flattering of silhouettes for me.

I decided for my next pair of Ginger Jeans, I would go for a bit more flare vs. skinny. I didn’t buy the Ginger Jeans flare cut expansion but instead traced an old favorite pair of boot cut jeans that didn’t fit in the waist anymore (*sob*) and created new Ginger pattern pieces. It was easy enough to do, and behold! Boot cut Gingers!


You’ll notice the fabric is a little different than what I normally go for – it’s a Japanese rayon blend denim I bought a while ago from Threadbare Fabrics. It is seriously the softest denim I have ever felt in my life!


It was suggested to go down a size for this fabric since it stretched a little more than cotton/poly/spandex denim. I stuck with my usual size 10 (plus yoke, crotch, butt, and waistband adjustments) since my other size 10 Gingers are on the snug side. I sewed all the seam at 5/8″ except the butt and leg seams. I sewed the butt/crotch seam at 3/8″ and the inner and outer leg seams at 1/2″. I also added 2 inches to the hem for a nice deep hem, too.


I was inspired by sashiko stitching for the pocket details and used some sashiko thread I purchased from a sewing and quilting show last year. I love how they came out! It was definitely worth the extra time.



When I make jeans, I get tired of changing between regular thread and top stitching thread, so I decided to stick with regular white thread the whole way through. Plus, it matches my sashiko stitching so nicely! For the top stitching, I used a double straight stitch for the seams to stand out. The top stitching didn’t stand out as I had hoped for in some parts, so they have quadruple stitching. I thought I would be saving time by not changing thread but honestly I think I wasted more time trying to make the white thread noticeable that I should have used white top stitching thread. Sigh… you live, you learn.


I decided to sew 2 rows of top stitching on the inner seam and for the hem. I think it came out great!


I was so, so excited about these jeans when I finished and I do love them, but the only gripe I have is that this fabric stretches out and stays stretched out (plus they wrinkle like no one’s business). It makes them even more comfortable, but it can look a little sloppy. I do have a new stash of Cone Mills denim waiting to become a pair of boot cut jeans, though, so the droopiness shall be fixed on the next pair!

I touched on the sashiko part of the pants and you’re probably wondering where the dim sum comes in…




I used this super cute quilting cotton that was a Christmas present from my brother and sister-in-law a couple of years ago (post here). I thought the colors went pretty well with the denim and I love a quirky print!

And what Ginger Jeans post would be complete without some crotch and butt shots? Here’s a 360-degree view of my rumpus:


Even though these are more summer/spring jeans, I wanted to share them… well, mostly because I wanted to sneak in all of my 2017 makes while it is still 2017! By the way, these photos were taken 2 weekends ago and it was 90 FLIPPING DEGREES OUTSIDE. So they were technically the right pair of jeans to be wearing at the time.

And hey – I just realized these are super awesome Asian pants! Japanese denim plus Japanese sashiko stitching plus Chinese dim sum pocket lining! Now I’m craving some sushi and shumai, which I can totally fit in my tummy and not hurt because these pants are so stretchy and comfy!

So what style jeans are you most comfortable wearing? Skinny? Boot cut? Straight? Flare? Other? Let’s discuss in the comments!


15 thoughts on “Dim Sum and Sashiko Rayon Boot Cut Ginger Jeans

  1. Great jeans! Your pocket top-stitching is striking. On the back pockets I love the ‘straight AND rounded’ top stitching with the sashiko stitch detail! (Hard to describe!) And the dim sum? Just darn secret-happy pockets!

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    1. Thank you! I stole that straight/rounded top-stitching for the back pocket idea from somewhere… maybe it was from Heather of Closet Case herself!

      And secret happy pockets are the best! ❤


  2. I was pretty slow to take to the skinny jean too and I’m thrilled that boot cuts are coming back. I’ve always thought they helped to counterbalance my curvy bottom and hips. I do like that I can use a lot less yardage on a skinny or straight leg though. I think I would dislike that the rayon denim doesn’t hold its shape in jeans, but maybe for another project.

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    1. I think our shapes are made for the boot cut jeans for sure.

      Maybe the rayon denim would be better suited for a jacket? Or some kind of top? I wore them only for 2.5 hours last night and I had saggy back legs already ha!


  3. These jeans are fabulous!! I love the color of the denim, and the sashiko stitching is ACE on those pockets! ❤

    Personally, the arrival of skinny jeans was a fashion godsend for me–I despise bootcut jeans on me (and with literally ALL of my shoes), and don't really like flares much either. But I had to settle for what was available, you know? Skinny jeans and trousers are my one true pants love, LOL. They're great with boots (and all of my shoes, come to think of it…), and I think they're the most flattering style on me overall. But I can totally understand why some people are glad that other styles are more widely available and "in style" now! Heck, even *I* plan to make a few pairs of boyfriend jeans and some nicer trousers that aren't skin-tight, LOL. A little variety is good! 😉

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    1. Thank you!

      I agree with boot cut jeans + shoes… they pretty much hide them! Skinny jeans do look good on you, so keep rocking them! I do like having some variety in my jeans… I think I have all bases covered now except for an extreme flare… but I don’t think I will be rocking that any time soon.

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      1. Hahaha everyone* thinks that about themselves until they find themselves cutting massive flares on their winter break and not even slimming them the recommended-by-Heather-Lou amount.

        *sample size of one!

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