So I got a little behind because, well you know, life gets in the way, and I hadn’t been able to find my usual 30 min to sew. This week, we attached the front to back, topstitched the inseam, down the side seam, created bar tacks and attached and topstitched the waistband. I wanted to be sure when I tackled the waistband I was fully alert so it took me a little longer to get to it.
After I attached the front of the pants to the back, I tried them on for fit and they are pretty near perfect. I was most impressed because even without the waistband I can tell that the rise of the jeans is high enough so that I won’t be worried about flashing folks all day but not so high as to be “mommy jeans”.
As I have mentioned previously, the sewing itself is pretty basic stuff it’s just the amount of details due to the topstitching and all the moving parts, i.e. Coin pocket, back pockets, front pocket yoke, pocket bags, etc.
Take a look at that inseam topstitching. All in all I love these pants and will surely make many more but I’m looking forward to a few instant gratification projects next.
Hi guys, so this week we put the zipper fly and the front section of the pants together. For some reason, I didn’t get a ton of pictures of this stage (maybe because I was so happy to be done with the top-stitching) but it’s a lot easier than you think to put a fly front in, like anything, you just need to take your time. I sew mostly dresses so this was a great refresher for me.
I LOVE dark denim, so much so, I have to remind myself to buy other hues. It looks so good against the top-stitching thread. I also bought white top-stitching thread and I might use that on my next pair.
I’m still perfecting my top-stitching but I did make a couple of small bar tacks on the fly.
I can’t wait to try them on next week. I’m super excited about the possibility of never having to stress over finding a great fitting pair of jeans again, and not having to settle for just what’s out there.
So week two of the sew along posted and we’re putting the pockets, fronts back yoke and back pockets together. There is LOTS of topstitching, which of course can be expected to achieve a look as close to ready to wear as possible. Never have I been more grateful to have two machines because if I had to keep switching out the sewing thread with the topstitching thread every time, I might not make it. LOL
Of course the perfectionist in me wants to rip half of it out and redo it but I won’t. It really is very simple sewing, the topstitching aspect is just tedious but if the jeans fit like I think they will, it’s definitely worth it and I’m already thinking about all of the different pairs I can make.
This is the first of at least a couple of posts about this pattern as I plan to blog about my progress sewing my first ever jeans. There have been many popular Jean patterns over the years and I’ve even bought a few but it’s always been my thought that with all of the work involved in sewing jeans (I’ve mentioned many times, how little time I have) I may as well buy them and just sew the rest of my wardrobe, and that was true until they discontinued my favorite style of jeans from Torrid. Since then, I can’t tell how many pair of not quite right jeans I’ve purchased. I LOVE skinny jeans, so when I saw this pattern I knew this would be the one to inspire my maiden voyage into Jean making. Mimi is currently hosting a 5 part sew along for the jeans HERE and although I want to follow along because I always learn neat tricks and tips from her, I’m so excited about these jeans that I don’t know if I can’t wait five weeks (who am I kidding? I know I can’t) so I will likely forge ahead on my own, at least for this pair but I will be following the sew along closely.
I ordered my fabric and all of my supplies
I cut out my pattern before work today
And will cut my fabric later today.
Here’s what I’m using for the lining for my pocket bags.
I’m SO excited! Have you ever sewn jeans before? Any tips or tricks you’d like to share? Will you be joining in on the sew along?
We’ve had such a strange start to Fall this year, I am way behind on preparing for the season. Now I most certainly don’t buy a whole new wardrobe each season but I do try to add key pieces to enhance what I already have as I find that just a few new pieces can refresh your whole wardrobe. Because the weather had regularly been in the mid-70’s and even as high as the 90’s you can gather that oversized sweaters, ponchos, cardigans and coats have not been high on my priority list BUT the other day I was in Target and saw this printed hooded poncho sweater (wow! That’s a mouthful betcha can’t say that five times fast) and I had to have it and it was a steal at 40% off.
The jeans are Old Navy mid-rise Rockstar jeans which I love because I dot have to pull them up all day or be worried about flashing people like I do with low-rise pants and the boots are Bandolino.
This holiday season was amazing and was a great reflection of how fantastic 2014 was and the great relationships, just how much my hard work this year is paying off, which is great because sometimes while you’re in the thick of it, progress is hard to see and just how fast my kids are growing up which is bitter sweet. While on break I had the pleasure of meeting up with Portia of Posh by Portia and her crew for lunch and laughs. I don’t often take the time to just relax so it was so nice and any time I get to see her beautiful boys it’s a win!
Notice we’re both rocking our Mimi G Cocoon Sweaters. This is version two for me and I’ve already made two more and have two more planned. This is the perfect layering piece and gives any outfit an instant upgrade.
Look at all this cuteness!
We kept getting hit by the cutest little photobomber and he was always posed and ready for the shot.
I’ve already reviewed the cocoon sweater here and definitely recommend it. It’s easy as pie to make and amazing to wear.
I’ve been waiting for a chill in the air so I could wear this cocoon sweater. I LOVE this sweater. It’s one of my F21 finds that I have held onto for months. I paired it with this white mock turtle neck, cropped deconstructed jeans and boots which by the way is a great way to continue to wear your cropped jeans all year round because they come just to the top of my boots.
This is one of my favorite pieces for Fall and I’ll be looking to grab or make another.
You’d think I’d learn one day, and maybe I will but that day is not today. I have to travel this week, like tomorrow, and although I’ve known for weeks, as of this moment I have not packed one single thing and as usual I have a bunch of last minute errands.
I work in the same town I live in and all it took was once for me to run into one of my clients looking super crazy on errand running day for me to realize I need to at least give some thought to what I’m wearing. Today I chose this sequined front sweat shirt, it’s an oldie but goodie from Old Navy, and my deconstructed jeans from Forever21 here. I was warm, comfortable and it’s a cute and easy outfit.