When you choose your fabric, you need to think about how fitted your finished garment is going to be. Jeans are close fitted pretty much everywhere as far as below the crotch or the knee. This means that your fabric needs to be strong enough to put up with more strain and stretching, unlike in a pair of trousers. So whilst you can use linen, for example, you would probably need to aim for trousers with jeans styling rather than jeans, per se, otherwise they would fall apart pretty quickly.
So here are some fabrics to start you off:
- denim (obviously!)
- without lycra and, therefore no stretch;
- with lycra - but how much lycra? Some have more than others, details on fabric ease later;
- cotton twill or drill, the latter is generally heavier than the former
- comes in a wide range of colours and finishes
- again, with/without lycra
- can be poly cotton, usually finer than 100% cotton
- can be brushed to give a slightly fluffier and warmer finish.
- nice and toasty for cooler months
- faux suede or leather (or real if you can afford it)
- note that this requires different construction methods to the ones we will be covering in the sewalong, but you can still get the fit right for a future pair if your inner rock chick is struggling to get out!
The middle one of the blue selection is what I think of as my 'good denim'. This is some lovely Italian fabric that I bought a couple of years ago now, when I first had the urge to make some jeans but was too intimidated to go any further. This stuff is on the list after the sewalong pair have been fine tuned and completed.