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My new favorite jeans

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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 Women
Style Classic, Casual
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What materials did you use? Stretch denim, gold topstitch thread.

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What are you most proud of? They fit and look great! I used the pattern from my first pair of jeans to make these. I extended the leg length by an inch, but probably could have gone longer. I am very happy with the pocket embroidery and the overall look. I wear these almost every day now.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Make the leg length much longer than you expect and hem to length. I ended up with a 1/4 inch hem, which is just short of where I wanted. Also, add an extra 5/8" to the seam allowance for the zipper shield (only on the straight edge) to allow the shield to be long enough to be tacked to the opposite side of the zipper opening to keep the shield from folding back within the jeans.

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Yeah, I had the same issue with length - denim keeps shrinking in length through a few washings, doesn't it. The second pair I made was really too short for my taste after a few washings, so I took the double-folded hem completely out, and bound the raw edge with matching denim bias! Then topstitched again. That worked well enough to save the jeans! :)

12/17/2012 Flag


01/25/2013 Flag

These look wonderful -- your topstitching is really terrific!

01/21/2013 Flag

Thank you! It was fun to experiment with the different embroidery stitches and come up with a fun design.

01/25/2013 Flag

Well done! Love your creative way of using those decorative stitches included on the sewing machine. I may copy your idea! Thanks for sharing.

02/15/2013 Flag


04/09/2013 Flag

Love the pocket detail!

07/30/2013 Flag