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40s jeans

Added Jan 13, 2012

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






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!).

Material Notes

jeans, denim




Garment Type

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    Apr 17, 2014, 11.45 AMby ginaminton

    Wow those are some really cool jeans.

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    Apr 6, 2013, 09.29 PMby freakusbzzz

    EM, I just saw your blog with the new addition. How amazing! So nice to have you back on here. Your belly was the most perfectly round specimin of pregnancy and you didn’t put on an oz of chubb! Enjoy being a mother and I’m waiting for all your vintage baby creations.

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    Jan 19, 2012, 06.42 PMby kleinfee

    Best jeans ever! And they are perfect on you! Great work. Like your style very much.
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    Jan 15, 2012, 09.36 AMby tirrs

    very nice jeans!

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    Jan 14, 2012, 01.23 PMby peaches2218

    These are so cute on you, Casey!

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    Jan 14, 2012, 09.45 AMby mez53

    yours jeans look fantastic. I’m in the process of making jeans and I hope they will come out as good as yours

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    Jan 14, 2012, 04.09 AMby rljulie

    Wow! Never have I been tempted to sew jeans…but these are adorable. Jeans this cute would be worth quite a bit of effort. Nicely done!

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    Jan 13, 2012, 10.29 PMby nookie

    super cute, particularly with the red top.

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