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My first pair of jeans

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Round/angled pockets with flaps

Created in this Craftsy class

Jean-ius: Reverse Engineer Your Favorite Fit taught by Kenneth D. King

Recreate your favorite jeans without taking them apart. Couturier Kenneth D. King teaches this amazing class, full of couture sewing techniques.

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Classic, Casual
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What materials did you use? Stretch denim, jeans buttons, regular thread I had on hand.

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What are you most proud of? I decided not to experiment much, and try to do an exact copy of my jeans. (9 West brand) I took it on as a challenge to figure out the flap on my own (not covered in the course). The pockets and flaps have curved edges on one side and angled corners on the opposite side. I had enough fabric to do "backup" pockets in case I couldn't make these work, but I used my new tools from the class (drafting curves) to help and it worked out nicely.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? In the course, Kenneth D. King suggests you can use two threads together to work as topstitch thread. I didn't have the patience to wait until I could go to the store to pick up topstitch thread before starting the project, so I used what I had on hand. It looked great until I washed the jeans, when the threads got a little loose and wavy. it is now 8 months since I started wearing these, and in some of the topstitching, one thread is loose, while the other is not. I think, however, that this may be chalked up to being unfamiliar with a new sewing machine and perhaps not having the tension set properly. I would like to experiment with the two-thread technique further in the future, as I see some interesting promise with it. I appreciate any feedback others have regarding pulling this technique off successfully, especially on thicker fabric like denim.

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What a great job you made of these jeans, I purchased the class a while back but I'm not quite ready to tackle it yet!!

01/17/2013 Flag

When you are, the sense of accomplishment it wonderful! A real confidence-booster. Good Luck!!

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01/18/2013 Flag

Wow. Great job!

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01/18/2013 Flag

These are fabulous!

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02/23/2013 Flag

These are AMAZING! You did a great job!

03/04/2013 Flag

Thank you!

05/24/2013 Flag

Really amazing job!

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