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I Dream of Jeans

Added Jul 19, 2008

by emilykate

Melbourne, Austr...






I had a pair of jeans that were miracle-workers, in that they made me, a five-foot-two-inch stumpy-legged descendant of leprechauns, look sort of petite-ish and slim instead of like a Hobbit.
It was a sad day when they died. Even sadder was going to the shop I’d bought them at, and they’d changed their cut and it was all wrong, total Corgi-ville.
Well, I cut the dead jeans up and made a pattern of the pieces, and cut them out of some 4% lycra denim I bought for $2 a metre. They were surprisingly quick to sew up and not difficult, even flat-felling the seams wasn’t too much trouble- Akwa’s how to is a really great step-by step explanation. It was a little hard going over the seams that had four layers, but my machine has a low-gear and for the really hard bits, I gave the handwheel a bit of help. Probably if I had done something sensible like, used a proper denim needle, it might have been easier.
I’m quite pleased with how they turned out, but my next pair will have some improvements. Because of the high lycra content, the fabric gives a fair bit so the jeans have become a little roomier than I wanted them, particularly around the waistband. I’ll cut the next pair a little smaller to compensate. I also should have made the legs longer, they could probably do with an extra inch or two, as they’re a bit stubbifying.
You should definitely give making your own jeans a go, and I was thinking it’s not such a bad project for an advanced beginner. The reason they’re good is even if you make mistakes and have to rip out seams and stuff, and if you overpress, it doesn’t ruin them, it actually makes them look better- jeans are supposed to be a bit roughed-up.

Material Notes

Denim with 4% lycra.
I used Gutermann upholstery thread for the topstitching.
I got 6 jeans buttons for $2 in a packet- the brand was Birch.





Simon for taking the photos.

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    Jan 6, 2010, 10.13 AMby ranjani

    Wow! So impressive… especially the small details.

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    Dec 18, 2009, 02.10 AMby aubreydawn

    such a great job :) wow-ee :)

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    Apr 16, 2009, 08.59 PMby sharalambethdesigns

    Oh my! These are fabulous! You’re so clever! Thanks for sharing :-)

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    Apr 13, 2009, 07.08 AMby lizah

    they looks so nice! great job!! :)

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    Dec 28, 2008, 09.33 PMby rizum

    Great jeans they look perfictly made, and look great on you!!!!!:)

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    Oct 28, 2008, 05.30 AMby ctee

    and i thought my shorts looked real ! these are amazing ! i love how you did the stitching in tan thread it looks great ! they fit amazingly too haha :D

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    Oct 25, 2008, 08.05 AMby shereciem

    These are amazing! Kudos to you!

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    Sep 25, 2008, 08.40 AMby pinksunflower

    I would never have believed you didn’t buy these in a store! WOW! thinking – Could it really be that simple?

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    Sep 15, 2008, 03.31 PMby curlysewinggirl

    Great work!!! I have never attempted jeans because I have always figured that I wouldn’t be able to get them to look right, what an inspiration.

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    Aug 9, 2008, 12.44 AMby josefinax

    you must be so proud once you finish a project like this, i mean – check ‘em out, they’re awesome!!

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    Jul 29, 2008, 09.56 AMby biscuit

    Your jeans are an inspiration to a budding newbie like myself! Thanks for the tips.

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    Jul 25, 2008, 04.22 AMby sonnenblume25

    these are just perfect!!!!!

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    Jul 23, 2008, 03.03 AMby jenniferelizabeth

    love these jeans!! I like the detail you’ve done on the back pockets – gives them that profesh finish

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    Jul 21, 2008, 05.10 AMby carottesauvage

    Oh waoaWW they are so great!,very figure flattering, I love them!

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    Jul 20, 2008, 11.59 PMby cathysews

    These look amazing, they look shop bought. Brill!

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    Jul 20, 2008, 09.51 PMby nikkishell

    Your jeans are ace! And now i know what you look like i will be able to say hi if we pass each other on the street :)

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    Jul 20, 2008, 05.38 PMby janicole

    very nice =]

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    Jul 20, 2008, 04.58 PMby staticstasy

    Haha thanks you reminded me I need some new jeans!!

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    Jul 20, 2008, 11.00 AMby princessfashionista

    excellent work!! if i had the gift of sewing jeans, i’d never purchase another pair lol. great job!

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    Jul 19, 2008, 03.59 PMby camilaustral

    i love the fabric color! i hate those old-looking new jeans, i have pants that i love, but they are kinda see-through after years and years of wearing, maybe i should rip them apart and make a pattern (i’m scared though)

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    Jul 19, 2008, 07.10 AMby jeffrey

    Im blown away – those jeans are amazing.

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    Jul 19, 2008, 06.54 AMby hannahlee

    These are so cute! They fit you perfectly and you’re definitely not hobbit-looking!! :)

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    Jul 19, 2008, 04.57 AMby maldrich

    wow! they are gorgeous.

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    Jul 19, 2008, 04.25 AMby miss-g

    They look really, really good. Your topstitching is perfect. And I see you have a clothes line, just like mine.

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    Jul 19, 2008, 03.16 AMby akwa

    Congratulations! I admire the topstitching! Although I published this How to, I haven’t succeed yet in sewing a decent fitting pair of jeans :-( I’ve tried the Anita and had the same problem as you and fashion1: too much stretch in the fabric.

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    Jul 19, 2008, 03.16 AMby naughtylittlepony

    I’m dreaming of jeans now too, after seeing this! Wow, they are SO well made. Clever you!

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    Jul 19, 2008, 02.50 AMby mjb14

    What a great idea to cut up a pair of jeans you already know fit you perfectly to use as a template. They look very professionally made – well done!

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    Jul 19, 2008, 02.38 AMby anajan

    Wonderful dream :). You did an amazing job, I have to agree with the ladies – the jeans look store bought. Bravo!

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    Jul 18, 2008, 11.53 PMby fashion1

    fantastic job emilykate! indeed, your jeans look store bought! I had make the same experience with such a fabric on my anita jeans, but I think it doesn´t matter. the jeans look great on you!!

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    Jul 18, 2008, 09.39 PMby calicocouture

    I’m impressed! They look store bought. Fabulous job!

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