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My second pattern for jeans

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Pocket Detail

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, gold topstitch thread.

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What are you most proud of? I had taken copious notes (after having watched the course three or four times) and attempted to pull a pattern off of a pair of jeans without following step by step to the video. I think I did pretty well.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? If you have a favorite pair of jeans you want to copy, do it while they are fresh and new and still have their original fit. I have been wearing the originals for these jeans for four years, and they had gotten a little stretched out and had holes in both knees. I tried to account for this when I traced the pattern to the organza and paper, but the final jeans (even after altering the muslin) turned out looking baggy and stretched out when worn.

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I think they are great!

11/14/2012 Flag


11/14/2012 Flag

Good advice! Where did u get your organza?

11/24/2012 Flag

I bought it locally in Denver at Denver Fabrics.

11/25/2012 Flag

Great job - looks like you bought them

11/25/2012 Flag

Thank you!

11/25/2012 Flag

Such a great pocket design, really cute! Nice job and thank you for the advice about copying older vs. newer jeans.

11/28/2012 Flag

I had tried to copy the model jean's pocket design as closely as I could. It is a combination of a straight stitch overlaid by a zig-zag which I gradually increased in width over the course of the stitching. I have not perfected the technique, but have noticed that it is a common one among back-pocket designs on jeans.

02/23/2013 Flag

Agree with all the comments...your pockets are amazing. Did you copy the detail onto tissue paper and sew directly on them or mark with chalk? Thx

04/18/2013 Flag

I can't recall. I think I must have traced them. I do know I marked the design with chalk and sewed over it. I had to do a couple of test runs on scraps to determine how to set the zig-zag stitch to gradually increase and decrease the width of the line. I didn't quite get it in the end, but it still looks fine.

05/24/2013 Flag