Well, what can I say. I do love my first pair of skinny jeans and I love the colour red and on my last visit to the fabric market what made me deviate from my carefully compiled list of “The Only Fabrics To Buy This Time” was this stonewashed red stretch denim. So all my plans for more stuctured and season appropriate sewing went out of the window and I made myself these jeans.
Well, it was more of an idea rather than a plan anyway.
May I instead draw your attention to these rather fun turn-ups with the contrast colour band. There was a bigger plan to this, which I’ll tell you about in a future post. But I just had a fake-fur-related accident yesterday which means that my entire sewing room is covered in fake flur fluff (well, there’s an alliteration for you!) and my sewing has stalled until I have hoovered it all away…
I used Burdastlye 3/2014 #115 again, which, together with the alterations described here, has now been promoted to TNT status.
I have to confess to my faithful reader Mia that not much progress has been made on the thong sewing front, however I hope you’ll be pleased to find that nevertheless I take greater care selecting my underwear. Feast your eyes on the comparison pictures in this post…
Look, no muffin top! And I’m ridiculously pleased that these will stay up without a belt and without cutting in. Some may find the rise too high and mumsy, and in a way I would agree. But I’m quite high hipped and I’ve never had a lot of luck with lower rise jeans, they just don’t feel good on.
One of the biggest lessons regarding jeans sewing I’ve learnt is that the right amount of stretch is really important. I kinda have a feel for this now, when in the past I caused a lot of problems for myself by selecting fabrics that have either too much or too little stretch. Fitting also is so much easier if the stretch is right. Which is of course what Heater Lou has been saying all along, just a lot better than me.
Now for some gratuitous inside shots, just because I’m SO proud of how my sewing has progressed within the year I’ve been working on jeans. Feel free to scroll down if you feel that pride comes before a fall!
Isn’t that so tidy?
For the first time I didn’t make an obvious mistake with the top-stitching. I don’t use a twin needle or any specialised top-stitching foot, I simply sew each seam twice, using the foot as a distance guide. I made the lines further apart this time which I rather like. And for the first time EVER I didn’t break a needle when attatching the belt loops!
Look, some fun fabric for the pockets. I took great care the cut the pockets a little smaller than the front so the pocket fabric would roll to the inside ever so slightly and not be visible form the outside.
So, in case you’re still reading this: Thanks for bearing with me in this self-congratulatory post. I suppose many of you will be sitting down making Ginger jeans right now? I’m so looking forward to seeing how these turn out, it looks to be a cracking pattern! May the force with with you!