Dolcevita (vivienz) - I'm a pear shaped gal in her 40s who has never, and I mean 'never', had a perfect fitting pair of jeans in her life, even back in the days when I was a skinny pear. I've tackled most things in the sewing repertoire, but was still intimidated by the thought of making jeans until earlier this year when I made my first attempt. I'm still a little intimidated, but given that my first attempt fitted better than any RTW jeans I've ever had, my determination now outweighs the intimidation! I have a denim stash, I have patterns, I have a sewing machine and a hammer, and I'm prepared to use them all. Go get 'em, girl!
Pattern choice: Ottobre Woman magazine, 5/2012, design 9 or 10 depending on sizing (9 is called 'Lady Fit', 10 is 'Curvy Fit'). Ottobre is similar to Burda Style magazine, meaning that I will need to trace my pattern before anything else.
Fabric choice: The pattern is designed for stretch fabric, they use corduroy. I'll be using a navy stretch brushed cotton twill that I bought from Fabricland some time ago.
Pattern choice: McCalls 5142
Pattern choice: I already have Butterick B5682 and a hammer . Tempted by the Vogue 1034 but I'm going to try to keep it uncomplicated for myself - the Butterick pattern has enough variations on there style as it is.
Fabric choice: A trip to the Hanley Abakhan scored :-
- some dark brown lightweight canvas
- Coats gral thread orange thread as an topstitching experiment ( it was £1 for a 1000 cone)
- Not too sure about the canvas but it was cheap enough so it will do to test the pattern. I went for denim, there was some gorgeous stuff in red but I was after something blue or black. I feel a fabric land splurge coming on!
Nicola 1968 -
Pattern choice: M5894
Stitching Carol -
Pattern choice: Burda pattern 7863 downloaded and printed out, sheets of A4 stuck together. Three pieces of fabric in the washing machine - can't remember if I've already prewashed them.
Will need to trace of the pattern in the size nearest to my lovely curvy curves! All going in the right direction so far.
Keaniebean - I'm Sarah and I am 35. I have been sewing now for about 5 years, mostly children's clothes, quilts,cushions,bags and a few dresses for myself but I have yet to make any kind of trousers.
I have always loved jeans but have only had a few pairs in my entire life that have fit me well. My hips and my waist measure the same size and I have a flat derriere and big tummy so I am currently residing in some men's jeans. These fitting issues have always led me to avoid any kind of trouser making, but a sew along seemed so much less scary, so I jumped at the chance to join in.
I will be using McCalls Classic Fit pattern M5894 and making the bootcut view B to help balance out my larger upper half.
Pattern choice: I will be using McCalls Classic Fit pattern M5894 and making the bootcut view B to help balance out my larger upper half.
Fabric choice: I found some light blue denim in a shop on a recent trip to Whitstable but I'm not sure if I have enough yet so may end up with something entirely different depending on how much I need to lengthen the legs. I'm 5'9 so this could be an issue and I don't fancy ankle swingers. I have buttons, two choices of zip and some Coats orange topstitching thread and can't wait to get stuck in.
Anne Martine -
I started this year with the firm intention to make more clothes for work, and managed a couple of things but when I saw Dolcevita’s “Jeans Sewalong”, well I can’t resist a challenge so jumped right in! I agonized over the choice of pattern, spending quite some time looking at Sew Direct’s “Soapbox” and Pattern Review, changed my mind I don’t know how many times, but settled eventually on Vogue 8774. http://www.sewdirect.com/
acatalog/Vogue-8774.html I’ll be making the straight option.
It occurred to me that positioning the pattern pieces is going to be quite critical with this fabric! How will they look if the broad stripe is right on my bum?! As I had only bought 1.6 m as recommended on the pattern, I decided to go back and get another metre!
Pattern choice: Vogue 8774
Fabric choice: Striped denim - here's a picture - looking forward to seeing these!
Ilovewinegums - I am fairly new to sewing and have never made trousers of any description. I am very fussy about the jeans I like and never seem to find any in the shops. I am hoping to get a great fitting pair of jeans that I really like, based on an old pair I really like. I aim to use the Kenneth D. King course on craftsy to do this.
Pattern choice: copied from an RTW pair, using Kenneth D King's method from Craftsy.
Fabric choice: dark blue denim with a slight stretch.
I wanted to join the Jeans sew-a-long for various reasons:-
I thought it would be a fun challenge and a good opportunity to share a challenge with other sewists.
It would help me prioritise finding time to do some sewing for me and to extend my skills.
I haven't made any fitted trousers and as I seem to live in Jeans, this would be a great challenge to solve.
The choice of jeans in 34"-35" leg length is limited and after watching Kenneth D King's "Jean-ius!" course on Craftsy I would love to be able to make some Jeans in patterned fabrics.
It would be great to have Jeans that fit properly!
Needlecase -I've do a fair bit of sewing but not that much that I'm pleased with for myself. I'm hoping this will give me a push to sew more for myself, and that I'll learn how to get a decent fit. It's about 40 years since I had a pair of jeans I felt comfortable in.
I thought I had some rather nice fabric in a grey marl. I wasn't sure of the composition, was fairly sure it would not shrink, but washed it anyway, because it's been kicking around for a while. Just as well, because my 2.2 metres is now under 2. It obviously has some wool in there - did a burn test too. Soft powdery ash, smells a bit like hair (and paper). Possibly a wool and cotton mix? So, I'm looking through my stash again. I don't trust it not to shrink some more.
Pattern choice: Dithering here - starting with Perfect Fit Pants, McCalls 9233, hoping it will give me help when I start pattern 2 - Butterick 5682, trying for the straight leg jeans. I think the McCalls is out of print, it is from my stash, or should I say museum.
Yankee Doodle -
I'm Joann, a 60 year old (how did that happen???) transplanted American married to a Brit. I've been sewing since I was a teenager, but in the last 10 or so years have sewn nothing but quilts. Lately I've been thinking I might want to get back into clothes (haha), and as 95% of my life is spent in jeans, this sewalong seemed to come along at the right time. Sometimes I happen upon a pair of jeans that fit fairly well, but not often. The jeans makers models were not built like me! If I find jeans that fit in the waist, the hips and legs are enormous. If the hips and legs fit well, the waist, at best, is too tight, resulting in muffin top syndrome. And the length, well that's never right. Anyway so my goal is to have fun with this and get a great pair of jeans, too. Many many great pairs, even. Oh yes, and I might finally use that brand new overlocker I bought a few years ago and that my husband swears I wasted money on because I never use it. I'll show him. :-)