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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Moving jean back pocket placement for better tush! on: September 05, 2012 11:41:40 AM
Hey all,
I was going to put this in the completed projects forum, but I have no pictures of my tush yet!

I have been on pinterest for a while, and some of the posts describe how to pick jeans that suit your derriere.
Basically, jean pockets on even the most popular brands (I'm looking at you Gap) aren't properly placed for anyone larger than a size 4. They are always placed too wide, on an angle, and too high.

Just to clarify, I'm a size 10. I have thrifted jeans (the Sweetheart type) from Old Navy (not sure how old they are, I have two pairs and they vary in length).

I took one pair that was a bit short, and made them skinny. I also took in the waist to a 10 (from 12) since they are so stretchy after a day wearing them. I did this by sewing up the sides only (no darts in the back or any of that nonsense..I did it before and it was too complicated for me!).

Now for the fun part. I removed the pockets in the back carefully. I stitched a pattern onto the pockets..they were plain before. Stitching will improve the look of your tush. I did a simple double V (almost an X) shape with dark yellow thread.

When I reattached the pockets I staired long and hard in the mirror with pins and my derriere. Lots of fun here hahaha.

General placement for the pockets: They should be sewn on straight, so that the pockets line up with the center back seam...most low quality jeans have these on an angle. 
They should also be closer to the seam than before (I moved them to start about 1.5 inches from the seam on either side).
I also moved them lower by ~1.5 to 2 inches. Very important!! Most mom type jeans put the pockets too high, which creates a long bum. You do not have a longer bum now than you did 15 years ago! That's just your jeans!
So the pocket tip at the bottom should end somewhere at the end of your bum, or where your bum connects to your leg. This might look a little funny if your jeans are high waisted, and if you wear them without a belt. Just try it out while pinned and see what you like best.

Then I just topstitched them in place!

The only problem is I have shadows of where the pockets use to be, since the fabric here is darker (hasn't been worn out). I may bleach the jeans and dye them a mint colour, or I may just try to lighten the specific area with a diluted solution.

If I take pictures I'll let you know, but for a 4$ pair of jeans I've had for a few years, they certainly look better!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Flared Jeans into skinny jeans with tute! EDIT: PLENTY OF PICS ALONG WITH STEPS! on: November 10, 2010 07:27:54 AM
Great Tutorial!
I needed to find one to convert my flared jeans into bootcut (no skinny for me, I'm too curvy). I inadvertently bought the wrong cut of jeans at Hilfiger the other month...they shouldn't be selling such a flare anymore!
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / how can I resist dye without using wax/batik? I'm dyeing with tea.. on: October 29, 2010 12:08:38 PM
Hello all,
I need help figuring out how to dye fabric for a cushion while leaving a resisting shape in the original colour. My shape is going to be an animal, a rabbit or a horse on cotton (the weight of a tea towel)...Basically I want to try out making something like this for my sister, but I don't want to have to buy a lot of supplies to make it work (it might just be easier to sew on an applique instead..)
Are there any colour resist methods that are simple or not expensive? (as in, I can get supplies at the dollar store..)
Please keep in mind I'm in Canada, so a lot of crafting bits aren't available here (I only just found freezer paper!).
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Does your boy like dresses? How about a kilt? on: May 10, 2010 07:29:09 AM
cute kilt!
perfect for a little boy...real clan tartan is very expensive, heavy and warm...not the best for boys to wear!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Portfolio Bride cake topper-Give me your opinion! on: April 25, 2010 07:47:51 AM
she looks really good! But it almost looks like shes kneeling since she's short. I think a veil would look good..but coming from the bottom of her updo down (not covering the top of her head or her face).
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Yeti Laptop Sleeve on: April 11, 2010 04:36:43 PM
I love it! it looks great Smiley
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: net book case on: April 11, 2010 04:34:39 PM
this netbook sleeve is so nerdy awesome Smiley did you order the fabric online? I find here (in Canada) you can never find any great fabrics !
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pretty Birdie Wallet on: April 11, 2010 04:31:49 PM
I love it! I love the birdcage fabric on the outside..did you stiffen the wallet with anything, or is it all just cotton?
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: The cutest little wristlet I ever did saw on: April 11, 2010 04:29:28 PM
cute! is it like a change pouch? I love the detail with the chain..very dainty Smiley
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first sewing project! on: April 11, 2010 04:26:49 PM
I love your bag! its cute and simple, and the fabric is wonderful Smiley
I also recently did my first sewing project..but I made some baby blankets instead lol
a purse is my next adventure!
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