>I hate shopping for jeans. I hate trying on jeans. I love wearing jeans. Darn sticky situation, that.
The next thing on my sewing list was a pair of jeans to wear for everyday, but with a vintage look. I have one vintage pair (I was wearing them with my plaid shirt I just finished) that are a comforatable but slightly big fit and are unfortunately too short.
I dug around in my pattern stash for a base and it was a toss up between a couple but I decided to base them off this pattern- Simplicity 2853 from around 1949. Obviously they don’t look like jeans, but they provided a good starting point for me. I made so many changes to this pattern that I might was well have just drafted off of my originals, but at least now I have my pattern I made in my stash in case I ever feel the urge to make another pair.
Let me say this- making jeans SUCKS. A lot. I really hate it, and Matt was laughing at me crying away at my machine and yelling at it- especially when it came time to do the tops-titching down the outside legs. I swear jean making factories must have a custom machine because getting down each leg when they’re already constructed is a bloody nightmare. And I cheated. A lot. I despise flat felled seams, so I did it the cheater way you see in modern jeans and just top-stitched two rows over a serged seam. Now that they’re finished, of course, I’m happy with them and I might even make another pair to save me the agony of redoing this affair later. If anyone is considering making a pair of jeans let me say this- your best friend is a twin needle. If you’re going to do topstitching use the heavy thread on the top only and fill your bobbin with a standard sewing weight in matching colors. Rethink everything twice. And buy lots of top-stitching thread- I think this used at least three spools. And, most importantly, make a mock up. Even better- if you can wear ready to wear- buy your own jeans pre-made. Here’s two places online I found that sell them and for the price vs amount of work, I would say the Daddy-o’s ones are extremely reasonable. If anyone else knows any other sources let me know and I’ll add them to this list.
Freddies of Pinewood
Daddy O’s Dungerees
Oh yes, I wanted to share my outfit facts, since I don’t think I’ve ever done that before and it seems to be the thing all the cool kids are doing.
Hair- messy (I managed to give myself a concussion this weekend while rifling through fabric bins. Oh yes, I am THAT talented.)
Glasses- Allyn Scura Eyewear
Shirt- Forever 21 this summer. There’s a very similar one in a different plaid here.
Shoes- purchased from a friend
Socks- Christmas present from my mom.