Monday, March 16, 2015

New Jeans

I really needed something to kick start the sewing mojo and The Jeans Contest over at Pattern Review did the trick.


With the weather getting cooler I finally admitted that my blue jeans needed to retire, so searching amongst my stash I found some lovely dark navy 10oz washed stretch denim which I had purchased from Spotlight back in 2010.  Thankfully it had been pre-washed and was all ready to go.

Again I have used the Jalie Jean pattern which I have made here and here.

One thing I keep forgetting to tell you is how I get the mirror image for the pockets.  Jennifer Stern told us about it during the Blueprints to Blue Jeans course over at Pattern Review and Jennifer was given this tip by an ASG member.

Once you design your pocket, you take a piece of nylon tulle and trace off your design with a Sharpe.


Lay the tulle over your pocket and then trace the lines with your Clover Chaco liner




Stitch your design and you have two perfectly mirrored pockets!


and here they are completed


I also dug out this lovely Vera Bradley cotton fabric for the front pockets.


This time I used Debbie Cook's Jeans Fly tutorial and then the buttonhole wasn't working with the automatic buttonhole foot, so I found a great video tutorial for a manual buttonhole over at 3 Hours Past the Edge of the World


Now for the completed Jeans!






Notions used:

  • Prym tool to install all the rivets.



  • Gutterman Upholstery Thread # 36 for all the topstitching.
No wardrobe is complete unless you have a pair of blue jeans so I am now ready for the cooler weather that is starting to sneak in.

I'm not too sure what will be next, there are too many ideas running around in my mind.


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2015 Stash Out: 4.2 m
2015 Stash In:  13.5 m

27 comments:

kbenco said...

Such smart jeans- I love the pocket lining and your attention to detail with the finishing. Thanks for the tip about reversing the pocket stitching, its brilliant.

Robyn said...

Sharon these look fantastic. Thanks for sharing the tip on mirroring the pocket stitching.

Diana said...

What great jeans and that's a great fit fit you've achieved!
So professional looking. I just cut out a pair of brown bull denim jeans last night so I will use your pocket mirroring tip for sure . Thank you.

Mrs. Smith said...

Nice jeans and love the pocket stitching!

sdBev said...

Oh NICE! Wish my jeans came out that good.

Sarah Liz said...

This pattern really works for you. Mind you, I think your excellent technique has something to do with this! Glad you have got back into the sewing year - I think you had a lot of demands with work at the end of last year.

Sew, Jean Margaret said...

Wow! Excellent jeans and some great tips. Thanks for sharing.

BeaJay said...

Fabulous jeans Sharon. Very well made. So glad to hear you have ideas running in your head and your sewjo has returned.

Becky said...

Wonderful jeans, they look great on you.

fabric epiphanies said...

Oh wow! What fantastic jeans! The fit is perfect. They look great on you.

AllisonC said...

Great looking jeans and the pocket detail tip is brilliant! I've had this pattern in my stash for years, it really is about time I made it.

Carol said...

Gorgeous jeans, Sharon! I think I need one of those little tools. Last time it was a mammoth effort to punch holes with an awl and then whack them with a hammer. Great idea with the tulle, too! Thanks for the tip.

sewbusylizzy.com said...

The fit on these are great! I learnt that tulle truck back when I was mad about hand quilting. It's such a simple yet effective way to transfer a pattern.
Really like these... all the jeans that keep popping up are tempting me to try again!

Meigan said...

I love the tip about mirroring the back pocket design! Your jeans look wonderful :)

L said...

Fantastic jeans and great fit! My machine's automatic buttonhole did not cooperate either. I had to wing the buttonhole on my latest pair.

Very well done!

chesneykat said...

Your jeans look great. I am pinning your post so I can refer back to the tips and links you've provided. Great stuff!!

Nursebennett said...

Beautiful work! Fit is excellent and I know you'll enjoy wearing them. I need to make another pair myself, but it will likely wait until fall now.

KathyS said...

Good-looking jeans! The fit is superb. Thanks for the pocket image tip. Very useful.

Summer Flies said...

Great looking jeans. The fit is perfect as is your topstitching. Did you get the rivet tool here?

Gail said...

You're a master craftswoman now!

Sharon said...

A friend purchased it for me in Europe but you can get it from Amazon

Kathryn, aka fzxdoc said...

You rock those jeans, Sharon. What a marvelous job you did, right down to the handworked buttonhole. Kudos to you!

helen siddon said...

These fit perfectly and your topstiching is immaculate!

MushyWear said...

Your jeans look fantastic. Thank you for sharing the tip on the mirror image and the link to the manual button hole. I am hoping to make the Jalie Jeans pattern some day.

emadethis said...

Congratulations on the win! This is always my favorite contest and I'm glad to see that you won! You've done great work and have a great fitting pair of jeans with excellent detailing.

emadethis said...

Congratulations on the win! This is always my favorite contest and I'm glad to see that you won! You've done great work and have a great fitting pair of jeans with excellent detailing.

Sue said...

Fabulous jeans and so glad you got the win on the PR jeans contest - well deserved!