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Denim Jeans: Candiani Selvage

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Men
Style Casual, Traditional, Retro / Vintage, Classic, Hipster
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What was your source for this sewing project? Online Photo or Website
Name of website or photo Project Pattern

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What materials did you use? Candiani selvage denim from pacificbluedenims.com. YLI jeans thread. Rivets and metal buttons from grommetmart.com

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What are you most proud of? The photos are all of the pre-washed denim, but I have since washed these jeans and they fit even better and are surprisingly soft. I think they are really cool. I've never seen this particular selvage denim before.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Give yourself a good 30 hours if you plan to draft your own pattern from the blog entry I wrote. They take a bit of patience and a couple of test fits and redrafts. I think the results are worth it. Blog with pattern instructions http://naea.typepad.com/naea/2012/08/index.html.

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I have never understood why anyone would attempt to make jeans, Now I know. These are indeed special and well worth the effort. In which ways was the Kenneth King jeans class helpful? I have enrolled, but have not yet played it.

10/24/2012 Flag

Thank you so much Linda. I agree, I have made several pairs (close to a dozen actually) and I not only learn something each time, I also have a unique pair of jeans in which I selected every aspect of the jean.

10/24/2012 Flag

The Jean-ius course is great if someone wants to learn how to copy a pair of existing jeans. I didn't, but the course was still valuable. Here's why... 1) I have never thought to curve a straight waistband by pulling and steaming it into a contoured band. 2) I flat fell the inside seams and bind or leave the outer seams with a selvage edge, Kenneth doesn't, but I have never thought to be patient enough to walk the stitches over the crotch seams and inside seam on the hem, 3) I have used the "burrito technique" on collars and cuffs, but never thought to do it with a waistband... etc. These kind of tips and tricks are the main reason I valued the course. He has many more that make the class really valuable to me.

10/24/2012 Flag

Nice work!

10/25/2012 Flag

Thank you Screaming Mimi! I wear them all the time.

10/25/2012 Flag

Wow! I love the red stitching. Great change from the same old rust coloured jeans stitching.

11/13/2012 Flag

Thank you so much. The red went nicely with the red and while selvage edge of this particular denim.

11/13/2012 Flag

Don't know if I'm giving away my golden goose here, but I recently ordered some denim on Ebay, from a seller called "winner351". Package arrived and it turned out to be from.... Pacific Blue Denims. Lucky discovery!

11/16/2012 Flag

Love the jeans! Especially your use of the selvage. Is pacific blue a wholesaler? You have inspired me to give them a try but their website does not look like a regular retail site.

03/09/2013 Flag

Thank you very much. Yes, the selvage was a bit tricky to work out since the draft I created contoured the side seams. I had to move the contour into the inseam to straighten the outseam. Yes, they aren't really a regular retailer. They sell remnants (30 to 2,000 yards). They charge a cutting fee for orders under a certain amount. Still, the denim is great quality and remains cheaper than what I can get at the local or other online fabric shops for lesser quality denim. Good luck with your project! I am excited to see what you do!

03/16/2013 Flag