Announcing Jeans in January #jeansinjanuary

Ali of Thimberlina and I have been at it again! After the fun that was Jumping into June we’ve decided to start another sewing collaboration: Jeans in January. And we’d like you to come along for the ride!

The idea materialised when we realised we both had the Ginger jeans sewing pattern but hadn’t got round to making it yet.  If I interpreted the comment section of the relevant blog post correctly, we aren’t the only ones. So maybe it is time to pull out all the stops and start making those jeans in January.

Like with Jumping into June there aren’t that many rules, no judgment and there aren’t any prizes, I’m afraid, only the glory of having made your own jeans.

  • So basically: If you fancy taking part in Jeans in January, just say so in the comments. I will compile and update a list of all those who want to join in.
  • The goal is to sew a pair of Jeans by or during January. Whether this is your first pair or your 100th is of no concern to Jeans in January.
  • You decide which pattern to make. So you can dust off all those Ginger printouts that seem to be hidden in pattern drawers, make one of the flared jeans patterns that are coming out now or even attempt a pair of jeggings.
  • Use the fabric you want your jeans to be in! Go for denim if that tickles your fancy, but you can certainly choose a different fabric if you wish – how about Jungle Jeans in January? Or some nice corduroy flares? That might be what I’m going for…
  • Once you are done, let me know the link to your blog post so I can organise a line-up of all your wonderful results.
  • Oh, and of course if you are on Twitter, use #jeansinjanuary as your hashtag!

So hopefullly many of you want to join in. Just let me know in the comments!


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36 thoughts on “Announcing Jeans in January #jeansinjanuary

  1. sewing à la carte December 7, 2015 at 10:16 am Reply

    Lovely idea, but are we allowed to use an other pattern then the Ginger. I’m a little confused: I decide which pattern to make, but I can duts off my Ginger print-outs. If it only concerns the Ginger jeans I probably won’t be taking part.

  2. Marianne December 7, 2015 at 11:12 am Reply

    Nice idea, Chris! Not sure about my pattern yet, though corduroy flares definitely sounds great. Count me in!

    • Marianne December 7, 2015 at 11:14 am Reply

      PS: I think #jeansinjanuary will work great on Instagram too!

      • Chris December 7, 2015 at 1:45 pm

        oh yes, of course. I have’t used Instagram myself (decided that my time budget for social media is high as it is without adding another platform) but I hear it’s a real thing among sewists. Would you say it’s a must have?

      • Marianne December 7, 2015 at 2:10 pm

        Yes, I think Instagram is a game changer! It doesn’t take much time and it’s nice to see what everyone is working on. Also, whenever you’re stuck, or can’t make a design decision, Instagram immediately offers help. I moved from Twitter to IG and never looked back!

  3. sewbusylizzy December 7, 2015 at 12:30 pm Reply

    I’d love to… but with holidays & major work annual deadlines… maybe not this year. Can’t wait to see what happens!

    • Chris December 7, 2015 at 1:43 pm Reply

      Feel free to take your time until the end of January. Maybe the change of year-madness will have worn off by then…

  4. Mia December 7, 2015 at 6:59 pm Reply

    Haha, it seems that Chris is planning great things again. Holidays are particularly well placed – I am looking forward to seeing the results! And with the mild winter you can directly take a flying start with the spring fashion, I think 😀

    • Chris December 8, 2015 at 10:02 pm Reply

      haha, Mia, you might not be surprised to hear that the first spring fabric has already arrived on my doorstep. Though there are only the Black Friday sales to blame for that – how and when did that start in Germany??!!

  5. Marie Nelson December 8, 2015 at 7:21 am Reply

    Sounds great! I have been sitting on the pattern and some great denim for approx 6 mos.

  6. franceslee December 9, 2015 at 4:33 am Reply

    I’ve never made a pair of jeans and would love to join in. I’ve sent for the printed Ginger pattern as I’m not good with pdfs! I’ve also downloaded the ebook which I think will be a great help to a newbie jean seamstress. Just need to wait for the pattern to arrive now as I’m in Australia.

    • Chris December 9, 2015 at 6:10 pm Reply

      Fantastic, Frances! If you have the same experience I had you will love jeans making. It’s easier than expected and so rewarding! The Ginger sewalong is fantastic, so I expect the ebook will be at least as good. Can’t wait to be able to compare our versions (altough I, too, won’t be able to get aroud to them very soon)

      • franceslee January 12, 2016 at 12:28 pm

        My ginger pattern finally arrived. Woop! Woop!

  7. navybluethreads December 9, 2015 at 10:35 pm Reply

    Finally caught up! Sounds fun, will look into some patterns…. It will have to be a very easy pattern!

  8. Linda of Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! December 11, 2015 at 8:56 am Reply

    Sounds like a great idea. I have my pants muslin already done and my jeans fabric sitting waiting patiently BUT first I have to finish my sister’s Mother of the Groom outfit! We shall see how much time I have left. Going to be fun watching the action too!

    • Chris December 11, 2015 at 5:06 pm Reply

      Let’s hope you get both things done in time 🙂

  9. kylachristine December 14, 2015 at 7:19 am Reply

    Oooo… I would love to join! I’ve been wanting to try to try another pair of Ginger Jeans and work on the fit.

    • Chris December 14, 2015 at 12:47 pm Reply

      That’s excellent news, Christine. I’m gonna try my first pair of Gingers, so I might ask for advice regarding fit if I run into trouble!

  10. Katrina December 14, 2015 at 10:27 am Reply

    I’ve had plans to make another pair of jeans for months now (the fabric is actually prewashed and waiting), so count me in, this is just the push I needed.

    • Chris December 14, 2015 at 12:46 pm Reply

      Brilliant Katrina. What pattern are you planning to make?

      • Katrina December 18, 2015 at 11:29 am

        Have bought the new Itch to Stich Liana Jeans pattern, but I may just play it safe and use a old Knipmode pattern I have used before.

      • Chris December 18, 2015 at 5:50 pm

        Yes, I did notice a few nice trouser pattern in Knipmode. Never tried any though. Did you have to make a lot of changes to your Knipmode pattern?

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  12. Sharon December 22, 2015 at 12:51 am Reply

    This is perfect timing, I need some more jeans and have made a few pairs of the Jalie jeans and really like the fit of these. I have the Ginger Jeans pattern which I haven’t used yet, will compare them and see how the Ginger Jean looks on the Jalie pattern.

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  14. rosemary January 3, 2016 at 11:01 pm Reply

    YES! Jeans are one my list of new years resolutions, so this is added incentive to get off my butt and make them!

    • Chris January 5, 2016 at 12:28 am Reply

      Excellent, Rosemary! Hope to see yours soon 🙂

      • rosemary February 7, 2016 at 4:42 pm

        Ohh I am a week late but I’ve managed to make my first pair of jeans ever! I did most of the sewing in the last week of January but got ill and wasn’t able to finish them off until this weekend! I’ve a rather long blog on them here:

        Thanks for the idea!

      • Chris February 7, 2016 at 9:26 pm

        Your jeans are great! And really, it’s still January in my mind 🙂

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  16. Beads and Barnacles January 11, 2016 at 9:03 pm Reply

    Oh this looks good, I think I might have to try and join in (although a bit late to the party) and get the Ginger Jeans pattern finally.

    • Chris January 12, 2016 at 9:42 pm Reply

      oh yes, do join in! There is still time plus I don’t think the jeans police will come and take you away if you only finish in February 😉

      • Beads and Barnacles January 12, 2016 at 10:26 pm

        Well that is good. I wouldn’t want to get in trouble with the jeans police…

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