I am currently sat on my floor sat in what seems like more pattern pieces than I have ever used collectively in my life, Trying to draw pleats perfectly straight down a trouser leg.
This is the start of my first pair of jeans and I'm freaking out.
The marking is overwhelming and I can't draw straight with a 30cm ruler to save my life.
Has anyone ever made their own jeans? How did you get on and was there anything that made it easier?
I made some Johdpur Jeans when I was at Tech - if you can believe that!
Denim needles are a must - they are strong.
Keeping bulk to a minimum is also necessary unless you want to break said needles. Hand turn the fly wheel instead of using the pedal will also save needles.
You could teach yourself a trad. denim stitch - Flatfell - to imitate the look of your other jeans - you see it on the outside leg seam - you have to do it before you sew the inside leg seam.
Slightly thicker topstitching thread will make it stand out more - if you are bothering to do it - people may as well see it! Or you could experiment with running two threads from the top of your machine down and into the one needle - maybe do a test of this first! Your machine may freak out!. It needs to be very accurate and two lines equal distance apart - consistently! Hard!
Here is a quick tip, instead of cutting triangle notches around the pieces, do a wee snip into the seam allowance - so much easier . But don't cut so deep it will fray when made up - you want the snip to be caught up in the overlocking.
Can't wait to see the photo! I am thinking of doing Sailor Pants in Denim- but I really want to find a nice stretch denim - so much more comfey!
Hah we shall see Cathe! I'm on a mass cutting mission today!
The pattern is McCalls M5142. Its from the people that wrote "Real Pants for Real People" according to the booklet. But I have trouble with RTW trousers fitting let alone making my own to fit my odd body
I've thought about this a bit more during the day, and have a couple of things to add...
First, don't get discouraged if your first couple of pairs aren't as perfect as you would wish them to be. Admittedly, I'm a slow learner, but it took me several tries before I ended up creating jeans that I really, really loved.
It's worth every bit of effort. I have never ended up with jeans from the store that fit me as half, cost as little, or reflected my personality as well as my homemade versions.
Also, if you want to get really fancy, I wrote a summary of how I designed the stitching for the back pocket on one pair of my jeans here: