Why you ask? Because I've made myself a pair of jeans. Yes. I made jeans. And I survived!!!! Ok, ok. I know I'm late to the party by about a year. Every other sewing blogger/bloggess out there has made a pair of jeans. But being late to the party has not diminished my excitement in the least.
I decided last winter that I was going to make a pair of jeans for myself. So I bought a pattern. Then I bought denim. Then I pre-washed the denim... And then I completely lost all courage for making jeans. Seriously. I was completely terrified of the prospect of it. Could not even contemplate being successful at it, such was my intimidation.
With my "good time gal" crappy Walmart Singer, there was absolutely no way I could make jeans anyways. That machine had fits at anything heavier than two layers of quilt cotton. But then I started shopping around for a new machine in the spring and I specifically chose a work horse 40-something year old Pfaff off of Kijiji with the notion that I could make jeans with a machine like that. The first thing I did when I got that baby set up on my sewing table was try sewing denim (for research purposes it sewed through a whopping six layers of denim like it was butter). But I was still way too intimidated by jeans. Oh jeans how you scare me so. There's just so many areas that they can go rogue on you, really.
Then one of my fave designers, Kennis Wong, of Itch-to-Stitch - you may recall I already have a slight obsession with her Idyllwild* tee going on - put out the call for testers for her new Liana Stretch Jeans pattern. Liana comes with three different leg options - skinny, straight and bootcut and uses denim with 25% stretch. I jumped at the chance without even giving it a second thought. I knew that the combination of Kennis' pattern making and instructions and the motivation of having a deadline was exactly what I needed to tackle jeans head on. And I was right.
|Yikes!! Lets get those wrinkles going, going, GONE!!!!|
|I love that this denim has a subtle stripe to it! |
Also topstitching. Love how it turned out!
|This is how I feel about taking photos of myself. LOL |
Also what the heck wind?!? Could you give me two seconds between gusts? Please?!?
|At least this one is pretty normal. LOL! These are the straight leg version of Liana.|
|Something is obviously fascinating on the ground...|
|Did that camera timer go or not yet?!?|
I'll show you the first pair I made of Liana too - because while they're not the best fit, they're not really that bad. I think with some tweaking I can still make them work, but I had a couple issues with them. First off my denim had really poor recovery. Like a pair of jeans from Old Navy, I can wear them for about five minutes and then they start to sag in a sorry way. So keep that in mind if you're making your own pair. The percentage of stretch is very important for sizing, but ultimately so is the recovery. (make sure that fabric bounces right on back to where it started from or prepare for some disappointment) I also panicked about sizing and made them a size too big. Ooops a daisy! Should have thought that one through better! But this pair taught me so much about the construction of jeans and really helped me to overcome the intimidation. They were a great practice pair and the fabric I used for the pockets? What seamstress wouldn't smile at it?
|Pockets for my first pair|
|And since I'm showing off pockets - |
here's the second pair making use of what I had left over from my "Bluebirds of Happiness" dress
|Again what is so interesting on the ground?!?! LOL|
|Not bad looking until they stretch out and don't want to go back! |
(Remember good recovery = happiness!)
I'll be back later on today to tell you about another great new pattern from Kennis that I was lucky enough to test!