Skip to main content

Jeans finished

Last Tuesday I got my machine back and started working on the jeans. The extra width I cut into the sideseams was unnecessary, the little stretch of the denim fabric made quite a difference compared to the muslin. When trying the muslin, I was very surprised I had no back gaposis, like many had written about and which is always a problem with my figure in rtw as well. But when I tried on this just before the waistband was attached, there was too much extra space. So I ended up changing a bit in the back yoke.
The extra wrinkle above the knee disappeared when I had given the extra space in the sice seam, the upper part of the leg was too narrow for me. Perhaps I could have taken a bit of space at the upper thigh? Perhaps in another version.
I won’t add another PR review for this, there are so many reviews already and I’ve nothing new to add, it’s a great pattern.  I followed the very good instructions for the most part, will offset the zipper a bit more next time (it’s a bit close to the center front) and have changed the pocket facing to go center front, like my rtw jeans, which is an easy change. I’ll show some pictures below after the detail pictures of the jeans.

Zipper from stash, not the right color. You won’t see this when wearing it. Also therefor I would like it to have a bit more overlap. The only thing missing is a button. Thought I had some silver colored jeans buttons, but all I had were brass colored ones.

Belt loops and front pocket. Next time I will add the little coin pocket as well. The topstitching on the side is as the instructions tell you. It’s the same as in my rtw jeans.

Front pocket construction
I cut the front pocket lining extending to center front. It would have been better to add an extra 0.5 centimeter. I often forget and am writing this down mostly for my own benefit Knipogende emoticon
The front pocket facing is sewn on top of the lining (after I serged it first).

The front pocket facing is sewn to the front, then turned and topstitched (topstitching not in the picture).

The lining is placed on the wrong side of the front. The yellow arrows indicate where I would have wanted the extra 0.5 centimeter.

I sew pocket lining and facing together with a zigzag stitch. If you would like you could use an extra straigth stitch beside it for extra strength.

Then I serge the bottom of the lining and pocket that are treated as one now.

During construction the lining is attached in the facings of the zipper construction. On the side where the zipper is attached
off-center (the first part that you stitch) the extra width would have been helpful. Then I could have sewn the lining together with the first zipper tape. As it was I had to make a tack later on in the process. Not a great worry, but could have been better.

One side on the picture looks shorter than the other side at the center. this is due to the fact that part of the zipper facing on the right side is cut off before sewing the fly shield on. There is less fabric to cover the lining.

It was a nice experience to sew this pair of jeans. I might do it again, it was easier than I expected. And my machine behaved well, you need a machine that can tackle a lot of denim fabric layers. 
For now there is a long list of other projects in the sewing queue though. A jacket muslin is made, two Burda patterns of the August issue are traced, the couture dress that needs to be fitted…. but the next thing to finish is something that is already halfway and I can almost make while sleeping:


  1. wow, your jeans turned out perfectly. Your sewing is impeccable and they fit you perfectly. What couldbe better? Enjoy wearing them!

  2. Sigrid these are great! Enjoy wearing them :)

  3. Fabulous. Maybe you can be as experienced at making these as the lingerie! :)

  4. Great fit and beautifully sewn jeans Sigrid.

  5. The look great Sigrid. I take it your machine is back in working order as it certainly handled the denim well.

  6. These look wonderful, Sigrid, and such a nice color. I love the silver rivets. Did you get them online?

  7. Great job - they look fantastic and the fit is something to be very proud of.

  8. what a fabulous pair of jeans - the topstitching is wonderful and the fit too.

  9. Very nice job on the jeans, Sigrid. Indeed, they are easy to sew and are my go-to project when I need to jump start my sewjo.

  10. They turned out beautiful, what a great fit! Thank you for the pocket tutorial.

  11. Love it! What a wonderful fit, but your sewing is absolutely beautiful! Enjoy!

  12. Very nice job on your jeans, the fit is fabulous and I love the color. Thanks for sharing the pocket details too.


  13. Very nice job on your jeans, the fit is fabulous and I love the color. Thanks for sharing the pocket details too.


  14. Your jeans are a definite winner. I'd be running them up in every colour.

  15. Great looking jeans. The fit is wonderful. I have a gray pair of jeans and I find them to be a very versatile color.

  16. The fit is fabulous I love them. I can only hope that one day I will be able to do jeans !

  17. Those jeans are awesome! Someday, I hope to have the skills to make my own perfect pants!


Post a Comment

Comments are very much appreciated! I read all of them, try to answer the questions but don't always have time to react to comments.

Popular posts from this blog

How to sew a sleeveless top with facings

Edit to make this post only about the technique, not my ramblings on other subjects.
This is about making a sleeveless cowl neck top with a facing for both the front and the back. In this way no special finishing of the arm holes is needed. This method is based on Carolyn’s way of making a top with all seams enclosed.

Let me show you how to do this. It’s a good reminder for myself too, I forget when I haven’t done it in a while.
First you need a pattern that has a facing for the back that extends below the armhole. Also the front facing has to extend below the armhole. Easy enough to adapt a pattern, just trace a line about 5 cm (2 inches) below the armhole. The photo below shows you the facing of the back

Step 1: stabilize the back neckline of the back pattern piece

Step 2: with right sides together, sew the neckline of the back and the back facing, press but do not topstitch

Step 3: With right sides together, sew the armhole of the front to the armhole of the front facing.

Step 4:…

Pants fitting, part 1

First, I'd like to thank all who commented on the fitting issues for my pants. I did look at Debbie's site and somehow thought it would not be the "one" answer to my problem, as I've become convinced that there is no one-step solution for me. But I think I have found part of the solution there. Tonight I spent adapting my pattern and making a muslin.

My starting point, after reading all the information was the Threads issue of January 2006, an article by Joyce Murphy Adjusting pants from waist to seat. In this article she describes "body space" as an important point in fitting pants. And it does make sense to me, as women have very different shapes. One needs more space in the front, and others (like me) more in the back.
The picture above shows the body space in my pattern, which is 15 cm. I tried to measure my own bodyspace by taking two rulers, and it is 19 cm, which means that 2 cm more is needed (half of the extra width in the pattern). The article d…

A new to me pattern company

If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time you know I’m not too much into Indie designers. After the initial hype a few names/brands have survived that offer more than just a simple pencil skirt at a ridiculous price. I still haven’t tried many but this time I was intrigued enough to buy the Wenona shirt pattern from Named Clothing.I saw a review on this shirt that made me look further. Must have lived under the proverbial rock because I’ve never seen or noticed it before and it has some nice details and there are some nice variations to be found (here and here for example). Though I’m certainly not the first one to try this pattern, I’ll post my experiences with it in this and upcoming posts. The pattern is a pdf pattern. I’m not fond of them, but have grown accustomed to the idea that it’s the way it is now. Sometimes it is instant gratification if you want the pattern fast or don’t want to pay high shipping costs.Notes on the pdf fileAvailable in English and FinnishLots of inst…