Sue's Jean-ius

Project Description

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.

What you will need

  • 100% Cotton Tie-Dye Denim from JoAnns

Q&A with smasty

Davesmom asked:
I love your new pants. I have bought the course but have not used it yet. Your pants look great!!!
smasty answered:
You'll enjoy the course, lots of fun!
Lisa_Marie. asked:
Great work, Sue! I purchased the class in the spring and have yet to get started. Thank you for sharing your finished jeans with us and inspiring me to get started!
smasty answered:
It's an awesome class...lots of fun!
dorothyr asked:
Great job! I love the stitching on your pockets.
smasty answered:
THanks for the comment!
pattycakesews asked:
WOWWWWWWWWWWWWW. I'll keep at it, following your inspiration!
smasty answered:
Thanks for the comment!
marthadotkomm asked:
Very nice! They look like they fit and are comfy! The originals are Wranglers, right?
smasty answered:
Thanks Martha! Yes...Wrangler Q-Baby "Cash" were my model jeans

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