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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
Style Traditional
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What materials did you use? 100% Cotton Tie-Dye Denim from JoAnns

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What are you most proud of? The fit is EXACTLY like the model jean I used. Perfect!!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Take your time, follow each step. I used heavy topstitching thread which my high-end machine didn't really like. But I persisted. I think the double thread idea might be better. I used two-piece pockets (front) that extend from center to out seam, like my model jean. I found that tearing the denim to establish cross grain actually stretched the fabric. I made a mistake of using the torn edge for the waistband...I should have cut up an inch from the tear. I used the Wrangler waistband technique which overlays waistband elastic on the inside of a single cut waistband piece then topstitched in place. Cutting the waistband elastic an inch shorter gives a little stretch without it being apparent. I gave my jean updated back flap pockets with a snap and embroidery. Make sure your fly topstitching does not run into the zipper base...you'll be stuck! (I handstitched the last 1/4" of mine to fake it). I'm anxious to do another pair right away to correct the minor mistakes I made on this pair.

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Wow, your jeans look great! I have been watching videos but not started yet. Where did you get your cool fabric?

10/22/2012 Flag

Got the fabric at Joann'The fabric is cool...but....I found there were some grain issues with it.

10/23/2012 Flag

Oops, wasn't done typing. It's 100% cotton, I'd approximate 9-10 oz. It had some grain issues. It was hard to get a good fold with selveges together....and the grain issues show up a little in the long legs. But...the tie dye hides it. It was a great fabric for the first pair. Now that I have it down, I've ordered premium denim from Pacific Blue Denim for the next pair. PBL has an incredible selection of premium denim. The prices are amazing...however they do hit you with high shipping charges and a $25.00 cut fee. I got 6 yards of super nice denim (13-14 oz 100%) for a total of $84.00

10/23/2012 Flag

Thanks for the compliment! Get started...way fun class!!

10/23/2012 Flag

These jeans look great on you. I like your pocket detail too. My fabric stretched when I tore it, but with some ironing seemed to regain its proportion. It was not stretch, so that might make a difference. I made a pair of long shorts for my hard to fit husband who hasn't let me take photos yet to post! Loved the course too!

10/23/2012 Flag

Like you I've finished my first pair and learned all the little things I'm ready to do RIGHT on the second pair. I love that idea of sneaking a piece of elastic into the top edge of the waistband.

11/29/2012 Flag

love these

12/30/2012 Flag

Both pairs of your jeans are amazing! I was on the fence about trying this class, but you have inspired me.

04/08/2013 Flag