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« on: January 26, 2011 10:35:08 AM »

Would you call these pants jeans? The fabric is rather denimy, but I havenít owned a pair of jeans since 2008 and it feels strange to start up again! I decided to make these pants in anticipation of the arrival of new boots. In one week my wardrobe grew about 10%. Unfortunately I havenít been able to wear my new boots since the day I got them, but on the bright side itís been 75ļ and sunny in LA!

This fabric is so cool! The back side of the fabric is a weave of black and gray threads that looks awesome and is soft. The front side of the fabric is jet black and has a waxy coating with a sheen. Iím reminded of painted pants I saw in Europe of couple years ago, complete with tags warning against sitting on white sofas. In fact these pants do turn my legs black and have just about ruined my bike seat.

I recently realized that with all the effort and skill I put into my clothes I want strangers to remember them, which is why I did all the stitching on the back pockets. I generally prefer to do my decorative stitching by hand and only use the basic stitches on my machine, but this design was a whim and Iím glad I went for it.

It seems rather ridiculous to me that these pockets took over an hour to make. I thought the asymmetrical shield shape would be interesting and (hopefully) flattering. The curved stitching line was also in the goal of some booty contouring. Iíll be the first to tell you that Iíve got a nice tush, and sometimes I get preoccupied with making it look even better. Success?

Between the color, the fit, and the shine, these pants have a hard edge, but I think the contrast fabric and the decorative stitching all over softens the look and makes them more my own style. Iíve had black pants in my wardrobe a few times but theyíve never managed to stick around for more than a few wearings. I think this time I will actually keep these not-so-basic black pants!

And how about these new boots? Theyíre local and vegan and comfortableĖafter I did a bit of tailoring in the leg!

I blogged about it on my website
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2011 11:05:04 AM »

I love the pockets and the stitching! great work!

I have no idea if they count as jeans.

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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2011 11:48:10 AM »

I too love the pockets, it's clear how much work/love went into them. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2011 11:48:43 AM »

These jeans are the bomb! It's incredible to see all the details you put in. Thanks for sharing! Smiley

« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2011 06:00:38 PM »

I thought the stitching on the back pockets were a print, amazing! I always love doing something special on my back pockets Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2011 07:19:43 PM »

I love the decorative stitching on the pockets and the side. Making the pockets lile this makes it a wearable sampler and yes it does look like a printed material from a distance. All of the work you have done on these jeans shows that you are a talented sewer. I love the look of a decorative stitches used in unusual places on clothing because it turns clothing in peices of art.

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