Jean-ius: Reverse Engineer Your Favorite Fit »
InstructionsI'm super thrilled with the outcome. I copied Wrangler Q-Baby "Cash" jeans, size 13/14. The new jeans fit EXACTLY the same. I have a difficult body to fit, so this course is amazing. Now I can get rid of the huge embroidered "W" on the back of the wranglers. I've been sewing many many years...but I went slowly and methodically through each step. One thing I found was ripping this fabric for ...
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Type of item: Clothing
100% Cotton Tie-Dye Denim from JoAnns
What was your inspiration?
I have a hard body to fit, 6.0" tall, short rise,long inseam, heavy thighs. I like the Wrangler fit on me, but some details needed to be modernized. I've been searching and searching for the right pattern.
What are you most proud of?
The fit is EXACTLY like the model jean I used. Perfect!!
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.