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Men's Custom Jeans Draft

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Men's jeans front detail

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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
Sizing Men
Style Casual, Traditional
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What materials did you use? Heavy weight denim (12.5 oz to 15.5 that I pre-shrunk for this particular pair), one 17mm jeans button, four 14mm jeans buttons for the fly, rivets, #30 jeans thread and regular thread in the bobbin to match the topstitching.

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What are you most proud of? These jeans fit me well. I wear them a lot.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Make sure you have a good 30 hours plus to complete this project.

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I just posted a variation of these jeans on my projects. I straightened the out seam on the new jeans so I could keep the selvage edge as the outer seam finish.

10/23/2012 Flag

OK, this is what I'm curious about. I just joined the Jean-ius class and saw your comment about selvedge denim and using that aas the outer seam finish. I would love to know more about how to do that - how to get that outer edge perfectly straight. Any suggestions? Thank you! - a fellow student.

07/18/2013 Flag

Kellyhogaboom, I'm sure there are many ways but what I do is... I cute roughly an inch border around the jeans draft (meaning I don't cut the pattern out on the cutting line. I leave about an inch all around). Then I make a series of perpendicular cuts to (but not through) the outseam line on the pattern from the outside and also on the inside. After you make all those cuts (about every inch or two) you will be able to straighten the outseam. Tape the new seam in place and there you have it.

07/23/2013 Flag

*cut, not cute

07/23/2013 Flag

Great job, beautiful topstitching (love the rounded patch-pocket stitching!), nice button-fly. What is your source for the rivets and jeans-buttons?

11/03/2012 Flag

Thank you! I got the rivets and jeans buttons from grommetmart.com I believe.

11/03/2012 Flag

Wow!! Great job! I better watch the video and get going on jeans~ you make it look easier than I'm sure it is.

11/21/2012 Flag

You'll do great I'm sure. Have the pair of jeans that you are copying right next to you for inspiration as you work and you'll do splendid.and

11/22/2012 Flag

You'll do great I'm sure. Have the pair of jeans that you are copying right next to you for inspiration as you work and you'll do splendid.and

11/22/2012 Flag

Hey fellow Vancouverite! Great jeans! I have a couple of questions, did you copy a pair of jeans you already had or did you buy a pattern (I am looking for a pattern for men) and also, did you use a tutorial for the button fly? Would love to see how that is done.

08/01/2016 Flag

Thanks! I created my own jeans pattern from measurements. I had a link to a blog where I shared how I did it... but it seems to be missing now. Here is the link http://naea.typepad.com/naea/2012/08/index.html (scroll down to the bottom of the page for the first weekly entry in August 2012) I also refer to how I did the button fly. I think there was an old Threads magazine article that I followed along with some online tutorials. The other Craftsy courses are helpful on this as well. I have to look up how to do the button fly every time I sew a pair of jeans even though I've sewn about a dozen of them now. :))

08/01/2016 Flag

Thank you! I'll check it out! Also, how did you determine the weight of the denim? Dressew is great for their selection but none of their rolls are labeled with weight or where they come from.

08/05/2016 Flag