Added Jan 13, 2012
Dubbed my “girl-next-door jeans”, these jeans were inspired by 1940s styles using Wearing History’s Smooth Sailing pattern as a base. I made a number of changes, all of which are detailed in my blog posts here and here .
Pattern: Wearing History Smooth Sailing Trousers , heavily “sliced and diced” to emulate the details and lines of late 40s jeans. (I’ve made these trousers previously and loved them.)
Fabric: 100% cotton denim; medium weight (purchased originally for a sofa slip cover).
Alterations: Added a front hip pocket, back yoke, patch pockets, tapered the legs.
Techniques: Flat fell seams, mock flat fell, topstitching, adding hip seam pockets , adding belt loops, side placket zipper.
Make Again? Considering I rarely (if ever!) find jeans that fit me perfectly, yes! I can’t say sewing jeans is my absolute favorite sort of sewing, but I don’t loathe it either. For the fit and customization, it’s definitely worth the effort (plus I have a perfected pattern now, so that saves time!).
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