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charmcity
« on: July 19, 2008 05:20:29 PM »

I'm using this wonderful tutorial to refurbish a pair of jeans. http://www.ebsqart.com/artMagazine/za_572.htm  I did my first recon jean skirt about 30 years ago, but my memory and the tutorial don't help me with one problem I have.  What do I do with the back seams?  On the front, the old seams, as you can see in the step 5 & step 7 photos, are nicely turned the way they were on the original garments.  The back, however (no picture shows this), has the inside seams that are not nice looking.  Should I turn under the seams on the new fabric to try to recreate the look of the traditional jeans seams?  Should I jut place the right sides of the jeans and fabric together to create "regular" seams?  I hope I'm coherent in my questions  Huh  Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me.
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SpottedFrog
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2008 05:35:50 PM »

It's a good question Smiley
(I'd also send an email to the writer of the tute as well) I made a jean skirt recently & trimmed off the seam allowance in back & then did a satin stitch over the raw edge after sewing my pieces together in a lapped seam.

Lapped seam: ______==---------  sorta, right side to wrong side & very flat, commonly done with leather & suede but you can get away with it in heavy wovens like denim, especially if you want a frayed effect like worn out cuffs.
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charmcity
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2008 06:53:15 PM »

Thanks for the reply!  It didn't occur to me to look for an email addy for the author!  I emailed her and will let you know what she suggests.

I want a finished, rather than frayed, look.  If I don't hear back from her I may do a variation of what you did, but either embroider over the edge or stitch some kind of trim over it.

I was never much of a seamstress and it has been years and years since I even turned on my sewing machine, so this is quite an adventure for me!!! Cheesy
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ravenwitch
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2008 04:26:44 PM »

I made a very similar jean skirt.  I folded the jean edge under and layed it on top of the other fabric.  Then I sewed two rows of topstitching to mimic the look of the original seams.  You might need to go over it twice to get the thicker look of the original.
Here is the tut I used.
http://www.savvyseams.com/clothing/jeanskirt.php
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2008 08:07:54 PM »

You could try re-using some of the other hems from the rest of the jeans. When I hemmed some for a friend, I detached the old hems and sewed them on at the new hem height so that they wouldn't look as homemade. Maybe you could cut off some of the hems from the lower portions of the legs and attach those in the back?
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charmcity
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2008 08:57:58 AM »

Thanks so much for the helpful replies!  I have ripped out the seams and gathered all the material/embellishments.  I keep looking at it and imagining how great it's going to be, but I'm nervous about starting.  I just need to psych myself up and do it!
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