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Project

My first pair of jeans

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I decided not to experiment much, and try to do an exact copy of my jeans. (9 West brand) I took it on as a challenge to figure out the flap on my own (not covered in the course). The pockets and flaps have curved edges on one side and angled corners on the opposite side. I had enough fabric to do "backup" pockets in case I couldn't make these work, but I used my new tools from the class (drafting curves) to help and it worked out nicely. What advice would you give someone starting this project? In the course, Kenneth D. King suggests you can use two threads together to work as topstitch thread. I didn't have the patience to wait until I could go to the store to pick up topstitch thread before starting the project, so I used what I had on hand. It looked great until I washed the jeans, when the threads got a little loose and wavy. it is now 8 months since I started wearing these, and in some of the topstitching, one thread is loose, while the other is not. I think, however, that this may be chalked up to being unfamiliar with a new sewing machine and perhaps not having the tension set properly. I would like to experiment with the two-thread technique further in the future, as I see some interesting promise with it. I appreciate any feedback others have regarding pulling this technique off successfully, especially on thicker fabric like denim.

What you will need

  • Stretch denim
  • jeans buttons
  • regular thread I had on hand.

Q&A with artistikim

Scheri Manson asked:
Oh how fabulous another pair of great looking jeans. I am really thinking I should give a pair a jeans a try.
artistikim answered:
It is a fabulous sense of accomplishment!!
FairieGodmother asked:
Nice job! I used to make jeans years ago, and this almost makes me want to do it again! Almost....
artistikim answered:
It does take a lot of time. I have figured out that it can take me two weeks of evenings and weekends to make a pair from the point where I pull a pattern from a pair of jeans to the finished pair of new jeans. Only one week to just make a pair of jeans.
Love Vintage asked:
Great job well worth the effort. Its so hard to find a pair of jeans that really fit well. I'm in !!! buying the coarse today.!!!
artistikim answered:
Thanks!
Dvandie asked:
WOW! These look so professional! I am totally impressed. I purchased the class awhile back, but haven't gotten into it yet. This inspires me.
artistikim answered:
Thank you!
Keva1 asked:
You did quite a good job!
artistikim answered:
Thanks!

Skill Level

Intermediate