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Casual Pant Variations

Added Apr 28, 2012

by ThreadTheory

Victoria, Canada






I was in desperate need of a couple pairs of casual pants and always find RTW pants fit me terribly so I decided to take a stab at making my own jeans. I used Vogue V8330 which I had purchased at a thrift store a couple years ago for $1.99 and was surprised to find the pattern had never been used and was in perfect condition! The first pair I made were a test run using suiting fabric with a fleecy wrong side that I had got as part of a ‘Buy 1 get 3 Free’ sale – due to it’s ‘free’ status, I didn’t mind experimenting with the fabric. It didn’t have enough stretch for the pattern so the pants fit quite tightly but are still wearable (I made the waistband a little loose so that the lack of stretch isn’t uncomfortable, but this makes a belt necessary).

The second pair I made were using denim that was quite expensive so I sewed very carefully. I’m happy with my easy take on pocket top-stitching despite my frustrations with my machines seeming inability to cope with denim thread – I adjusted every setting I could think of and the stitching still appears uneven! The material is extremely stretchy and quite thin so these jeans are even MORE comfortable than slipping on a pair of pajama bottoms – how great is that!

For more info and way more pictures, please see my blog post

Material Notes

Brown winter suiting with fleece wrong side
Brown button from my stash
Brown metal zipper

Stretch denim
Jeans button (one of those ones you have to hammer on)
Blue metal zipper

Both pants use a scrap of my favorite floral cotton as pocket linings :)




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Blends, Denim



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    Aug 29, 2012, 07.11 PMby Semtele

    These are amazing! So professional. I’ve just throw away my “jeans”, i didn’t use a strech fabric so they are not wearable :D

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      Aug 29, 2012, 10.13 PMby ThreadTheory

      Oh dear! I guess they can be a practice round for your next pair – which will stretchy and perfect after that learning experience I bet! Good luck :)

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    Apr 28, 2012, 08.54 PMby madebymeg

    nicely done! these are the absolute best-looking home made jeans I’ve seen

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      Apr 29, 2012, 12.14 PMby ThreadTheory

      Wow thanks! After encouragement like that, I’m eager to make more :)

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    Apr 28, 2012, 04.13 PMby NeederMoo

    I. LOVE. THESE. They’re so cute and flattering too! FAVORITES LIST!!!

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    Apr 28, 2012, 12.42 PMby schnui

    Well done they look very professional and a perfect fit.

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      Apr 29, 2012, 12.16 PMby ThreadTheory

      Thank you :) I’m glad they turned out so comfortable, I was awfully tired of ill-fitting store bought jeans!

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