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Striped Jeans with Red Topstitching

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Coin pocket surprise!

Created in this Craftsy Course

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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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Unisex
Style Whimsical, Casual, Mod
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What materials did you use? Marc Jacobs stretch denim from Mood Fabrics, Gutermann silk topstitching thread, misc. hardware.

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What are you most proud of? I met my main goal, which was to create a garment that is approximately the correct size in my waist, rear and legs simultaneously (not available in RTW). I LOVE the way the red silk topstitching thread just glows. I learned a ton about construction and fit of pants, and although these jeans are far from perfect, I will enjoy improving with each pair I make. I get a kick out of my graphic design for the back pockets (B is my last initial, and also the two pockets look a bit like butterfly wings.) I alluded to it on the coin pocket.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? If you're starting with (copying) a pair of stretch jeans, make your project out of stretch fabric as well. Oh- when you get to the construction phase, if there is any way you can have access to two sewing machines it will speed you up a lot. Thread one up with the thread, tension, and correct needle to stitch seams. Set the other machine up just for topstitching. That way you do not have to keep switching one machine back and forth.

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Boy, that dual machine idea was great.

02/17/2013 Flag

Did you try it? I know it seems kind of indulgent to have two machines going, but it's not that hard to borrow one for a couple of days.

02/19/2013 Flag

Your pants look great. Was the pattern easy to make?

04/05/2013 Flag

I really took the time to follow the class instruction. Kenneth King is da BOMB! It is obvious that he is an experienced teacher and I learned a lot. So, I don't know if I'd say easy, but I'd say worth it for sure.

05/03/2013 Flag

What a great pair of jeans. Love what you did with the customised red topstitching :)

04/28/2013 Flag

Thank you! Pockets are a great little blank canvas.

05/03/2013 Flag

Gorgeous jeans, Carol and so very unique. Very neat top stitching there too! I've had that course in my collection for a while and I think you've just inspired me to go and finally DO THE COURSE!! :)

05/26/2013 Flag

PS: If you're anything like me, then I bet you can't stop looking at, and smiling about, all that detail! ;-)

05/26/2013 Flag

Yeah, do the course! YAAAY! I think the secret to the neat top stitching might be in my sewing machine. I have a Pfaff 2040 that I bought about ten years ago, and it's my secret weapon. I just push the pedal. :)

05/30/2013 Flag

Yeah, do the course! YAAAY! I think the secret to the neat top stitching might be in my sewing machine. I have a Pfaff 2040 that I bought about ten years ago, and it's my secret weapon. I just push the pedal. :)

05/30/2013 Flag

Your jeans look amazing and the stitching impeccable. Great tip in using two sewing machines for the construction and topstitching, Thankyou for your inspiration.

06/14/2013 Flag

Amazing pair of jeans and your stitching looks impeccable. Great tip in using two sewing machines for the contruction and topstitching. Thankyou for your inspiration.

06/14/2013 Flag