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lucylost
« on: November 13, 2009 10:33:56 AM »

I just bought myself a sewing machine and finally had a go at making "hippie jeans". I followed the tutorial here: http://thenewnew.blogspot.com/2009/04/how-to-refit-old-jeans-with-side-panels.html

But I made some modifications.

First, the jeans I reconned were about 3 sizes too small, so my patches were quite wide. The height of the patches was cut randomly, but usually between 2" and 4" per patch. [See Fig 1]


Fig. 1

Second, I have very curvy hips, so I had to reduce the patches by 4 inches to fit my waist (4 inches per side - total of 8 inches). So, I used a french curve to curve the top patch out to accommodate the hip/waist difference. [See Fig 2]


Fig. 2

Third, I messed up and made my patchwork panels too short, but didn't figure this out until I had sewed them onto the jeans. So, I had to improvise a way to finish the hems. This is what I came up with. [Fig 3]


Fig. 3

This was a lot of hard work, but now I have my very own patchwork jeans  Smiley

Also, I am not the world's greatest sewer, so this gave me a chance to learn the features of my machine and attempt to sew in straight lines.

Some more details: The inside is lined with an old sheet. [Fig 4]


Fig. 4

I serged the main seams, but pieced the patches on my regular sewing machine.

If I did this over again, I would make the waistband elastic MUCH tighter. I followed the tute (i.e. elastic length is one inch less than actual measurement), but the elastic is still not tight enough and I have to belt these pants. But, they are very comfy.

Here is me modeling the finished project [Fig 5]:

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bananabanana
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2009 11:33:59 PM »

I really like the colours you chose. Blue and Green together are my favourite.
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rubidoux
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2009 07:30:00 PM »

You did an awsome job.  I love how they turned out!
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lucylost
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2009 09:10:13 PM »

Thanks so much! I tried to pick colors that would be harmonious but still patchy.
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2009 02:23:00 AM »

omg omg omg I HAVE TO STEAL THIS IDEA!!! they're so cool!!!
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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2009 08:18:18 AM »

I love the colors too, and I really love the hem bit. Isn't it funny how sometimes a mistake turns out so awesome?
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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2010 07:49:44 AM »

Those are awesome!  Sewing on jeans is hard work - you did great.  I always want to try some kind of alter on jeans because they aren't long enough and for my kids because the knees wear out!  I will have to try some version of this soon!
Thanx
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TPauSilver
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2010 12:17:49 PM »

that's awsome. I have some jeans that are too small, I will have to try this!
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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2010 08:35:27 AM »

I love patchwork!!
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LittleGirl
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2010 11:32:09 AM »

Too cute! I always sew fabric into my jeans but never even thought about patchwork! Nice job!
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