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These embroidered jeans using our Pleat Trousers pattern have been so much fun to sew for Pants Month! Last week I finished off the leg embroidery and started to install the waistband, and this week I finish the waistband, sew the zipper and attach the frayed cuffs to complete these pants!

Step 1

Last week I ended with attaching the waistband and this week I started off with topstitching it around all the edges. This was easy to do now before the zipper and other side seam were sewn.

Step 2

Next was to install the zipper, my original plan was to sew in a metal zipper but it ended up not being long enough so I had to dig through my zipper stash to find another suitable one. I found this one and I sewed it in as a centered zipper. So first I pin marked the zipper length and where the zipper stop was.

Step 3

I pinned the side seam together from the top of the waistband to the pant hem. Starting at the waistband I didn’t backstitch and switched my machine to a long stitch length, then at the zipper stop location on my side seam I backstitched and went back to a regular sewing stitch length.

Step 4

I pressed the side seam allowances open and pinned the zipper in place on the wrong side with the seam right on the zipper teeth.

Step 5

Using a piping foot and my topstitching thread I sewed around the zipper and then cut open my basting stitches.

Step 6

To complete the side seam I topstitched my seam allowances on either side of my seam to the end of the zipper.

Step 7

My topstitched side seam with zipper!

Step 8

Now that both of my side seams were sewn and topstitched I could finally sew the inseam. I first pinned the crotch points together and then pinned and sewed along each leg to the hem.

Step 9

At this point now I could also finally try on the pants, and the fit was great. No alterations necessary (yay)! I really love front pleats in this pattern.

Step 10

Here is a view of my leg with the embroidery….love.

Step 11

Next was to add those frayed cuffs in. So I first measured the leg opening, mine was 7 1/2", so 15" in total.

Step 12

I got back out my fabric and cut two cuffs 16" (1/2" seam allowance for one seam) and 3" wide.

Step 13

For each cuff I pinned and sewed the short seam together and pressed seam allowances open.

Step 14

I matched up the cuff seams with the inseam of my pants so the seam wouldn’t be as visible.

Step 15

I sewed at 1/2" seam allowances around the circumference of the leg opening to attach the cuffs to the pants and flipped down on the right side.

Step 16

To keep with the topstitching aesthetic I pressed the seam allowance towards the cuffs and topstitched in place from the right side.

Step 17

My topstitched cuffs! I made sure to start and stop my topstitching at the inseam to again make it less visible.

Step 18

And lastly to secure the top of the zipper, I hand seed a small hook and eye at the top of the waistband.

That completes my pants! I love these, and definitily plan to make another. Want to sew along? See my sewing part 1 and sewing part 2 posts here. And don’t forget to download the sewing pattern!

Stay tuned for next week to see the big debut of these embroidered jeans. Did you make a pair? Make sure to upload to the projects section and link to the pattern so I can find it and include your photography in my post next week.

Happy Sewing!



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    Oct 26, 2017, 11.47 PMby LindaLeach

    Hi Meg I just love your pants and you look super adorable. I vote for the stylish jacket, so I’m holdings thumbs!

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    Oct 25, 2017, 10.51 AMby mdjw

    Hi Meg, Why did you attached the hook and eye on the outside???

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    Oct 19, 2017, 01.58 PMby Cristty47

    Oh Meg you are so talented and sew adorable pieces!!!! I love your work! I’ve got so inspired by the construction of the cropped denim jacket, that I am doing a new one in white with a few personalization :D

    I wanted to sew this beautiful pair of pants, but where I live I haven’t found pre-treated denim, and I don’t know how to “treat it” at home… if someone had an advise on this for me I would really appretiate it!

    I can’t wait to see you wearing your pants!!!! They are lovely!!!!

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    Oct 19, 2017, 08.00 AMby Kasiorist

    I admire the patience with the finishing touches, great step by step pictures

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    Oct 19, 2017, 04.53 AMby nrobson

    gorgeous and very hip Meg! i was inspired by the shade of denim youve used- just yesterday i grabbed a partial roll of faux denim material in a similar shade after spotting it at a charity store lol xx

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