Jean-ius: Reverse Engineer Your Favorite Fit »
InstructionsI added some 3/4" elastic inside the waistband - got the idea from a fellow student in the course - not sure I'd do it again but I'll never need a belt with these!
Type of item: Clothing
Style: Mod, Casual, Whimsical
Marc Jacobs stretch denim from Mood Fabrics, Gutermann silk topstitching thread, misc. hardware.
What was your inspiration?
I wanted some jeans that were a bit higher waisted than most of the ones I own. Also I wanted to prevent "plumber butt," pardon the expression, when I sit. I started with a well-loved and trashed pair of J. Crew cords, took the pattern off it and then added length below the waistband. I also put a very major curve into the yoke to help with fit.
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.
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.