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« on: September 03, 2009 10:45:09 PM »

So the new school year was looming over me this summer, and my only pair of jeans was about to fall apart, and I really didn't want to go jean shopping...so I made myself a pair!  First time making jeans (apart from the muslin for this pattern) and it went really smoothly!  I used the pattern from the book 'Sew U,' which comes with instructions for the whole process (including the fly, which was actually not too difficult!) as well as suggestions for alterations.  I did alter the pattern a bit--I made the legs straight instead of boot-cut, and when I made it in the jean fabric I ended up taking in the waist band and the yoke, which were too big, as well as taking in the thighs and taking up the crotch (there were weird wrinkles...but I fixed them!).  I used a zipper from an old pair of pants, a button and thread I had, and clearance jean fabric with 4% spandex that I got at fabric.com for a total of 11$ for this pair of pants.  I tested out a bunch of thread colors and ended up going with black thread, and a black upholstery thread for the topstitching.  The whole process went really smoothly and I finished them in two hectic days.  I've been wearing them around and they are super comfy! 

Well, enough blabbing, here are my photos!  Smiley









I love the button I used--it has little fruit on it!: 



This picture is to show the true color (the flash altered the color for the other pictures) as well as show my one problem with the jeans--I somehow forgot to prewash the interfacing!  >.<;  So yes, when I put the pants in the washer/dryer the waistband got wrinkly...oh well, you can't really tell when I'm wearing them and I usually wear long shirts anyways.  ;P  Oh, and I didn't add belt loops on purpose--I never wear belts and figured they would just add extra bulk. 




So, what do you guys think?

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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2009 11:06:14 PM »

I think they came out absolutely great!! And they fit perfectly! Well done!!  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2009 03:21:53 AM »

Good job, nothing like a pair of jeans that are actually the right size, and yours look very fab too.
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2009 03:22:39 AM »

they look great and seem to fit you really well.
I've never had the nerve to try a pair of jeans, so I am a tad jealous too!  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2009 05:09:08 AM »

They came out really nice and the fit is awesome! Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2009 06:41:21 AM »

that's amazing!  and . . . it rocks.   Wink
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Grave_13
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2009 09:11:26 AM »

They look really nice!
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Megrims
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2009 11:59:31 AM »

Wow, these look really amazing.  I've been scared of jeans, but I might just have to give them a try now!
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desm88
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2009 12:51:53 PM »

nice! your courageous jump into jeans has paid off, they fit like a glove Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2009 02:16:22 PM »

Wow, great jeans!  Those are fantastic on you!
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