My new favorite jeans

Project Description

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. 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.

What you will need

  • Stretch denim
  • gold topstitch thread.

Q&A with artistikim

Ms. BB asked:
These jeans look great. Please add a picture of the pocket fabric if you can. Love all the embroidery stitches you used.
artistikim answered:
I have uploaded a photo of the pocket bag during the sewing process. It is hard to read, but it is a red-on-red rose leaf print I used for a shirt over a decade a go.
hangukin asked:
amazing job. I really like your choice of topstitch thread. What sewing machine did you use? And did you do flat felled seams as well?
artistikim answered:
The topstitch thread is just the Coates & Clark Jeans Topstitch thread. On my first attempt to make jeans (this is my second pair), I used two threads doubled together, but they didn't hold up in the wash as well as I'd liked. (This may also be due to a poor choice of tensioning setting.) I used a Brother CS600i Sew Affordable Sewing machine. Nothing fancy, but it had pre-programmed embroidery stitches my 1967 Kenmore never had. I did not do flat felled seams, just stictched, pressed as sewn, trimmed, overcast, pressed to back, and topstitched. I followed the class instruction step by step in this way. Flat felled might get thick with denim, wouldn't it?
erin_b asked:
Beautiful detail!
artistikim answered:
Thank you!
Love Vintage asked:
Very inspiring. Thank you.
artistikim answered:
It was fun to do. :)
Keva1 asked:
Like Hangukin said "Amazing job!"
artistikim answered: