I have just finished my very first pair of jeans, like, real life denim trousers that can be worn in public! And you know what, they were not that scary, in fact they weren’t scary at all. Even though it took me over 18 months from cutting the fabric to building up the confidence to start sewing. Once I got going, carefully following the instructions they came together almost easily. Plus I think they look great, I’m genuinely really pleased with how professional they look.
I will admit I made my life as easy as possible, here are my tips for making your first pair of jeans easier:
- I made a pair of loose fitting mens jeans, they are not so curvy as us women and the loose fit means there was not so much fitting required.
- Making them for somebody else, I mean who is going to complain if somebody has taken the time to make them an item of clothing even if it is not perfect, especially if they have personalised pockets!
- I chose a lighter weight denim, trying to fit multiple layers of stiff denim through my machine would have been a battle too far for this newbie jeans maker. By choosing an 8oz denim it made my life much easier. (Keep your eyes peeled for my new Guide to Buying Denim Coming Soon…)
- Top stitching, I spent some time playing around with the top stitching thread. In the end I found that the best results were made using a normal Gutermann thread on the bobbin and increasing the stitch length to 4.
- I used good fixings, lovely copper rivets, a metal zip and a proper jeans button gave the final touches to these jeans.
I enjoyed making these jeans so much I even made a How to video for inserting the rivets at the instruction that came with the pack were to say the least, BASIC!
Fabric used: Reversible Denim in red and black (this colour is sold out but check out this black and yellow version)
Pattern: Jutland Jeans from Thread Theory
Pattern Alterations: Lengthened the leg (a lot, he is 6’6″) plus extra to allow a for a turn up to show off the red reverse of the denim
Would I make them again? Depends if he behaves himself!
Happy sewing, Josie xxx