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"False Religion" Jeans

Added Apr 20, 2010

by caramia-made

British Columbia...






I.Love.Dark.Denim. This is just a fact of my life… I own many pairs of dark denim jeans, but when I saw my friend’s pair of dark denim True Religion jeans I immediately wanted a pair. However, I am not down with spending $295 on a pair of jeans (!!!), so I decided to make my own!

I borrowed the Sew U: The Built By Wendy Guide To Making Your Own Wardrobe from the library and used the pants pattern to make my own jeans. I used a heavy, white embroidery thread for all the top-stitching and instead of a button on the fly, I used a hook-and-bar closure since I kind of messed up the waistband a bit.

These jeans are only the fourth zipper I’ve EVER put into a garment, and the first waistband I’ve ever done. So all in all, it’s not too bad for a beginner eh? More details on my brand-spanking new blog Le Printemps Jolie

Photography: My Hubby

Material Notes

Stretchy dark denim




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Preppy

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    May 10, 2010, 02.48 PMby erikan27

    I love this….. I took this idea to a pair of trouser pants for my 7 year old daughter…… she loves them.

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    Apr 22, 2010, 06.42 PMby melonhead

    This is SO AWESOME! Amazing job. I got that book from the library too about a week ago. I’ll have to try it out.

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      Apr 23, 2010, 03.15 AMby caramia-made

      Hooray for libraries! :)
      Can’t wait to see your finished projects!

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    Apr 22, 2010, 05.43 PMby mspickle

    Thanks for the inspiration! I just purchased the Sew U book online; I hope my jeans come out as nice as yours!

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      Apr 23, 2010, 03.16 AMby caramia-made

      I really liked the book, it is a nice reference for novices like me who don’t know all the technical terms. Plus it has some great projects to practice your skills.
      Good luck on your jeans!

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    Apr 22, 2010, 05.12 PMby megneh

    What kind of sewing machine do you have? I have a $200 basic sewing machine, and I’ve heard that trying to sew a pair of jeans without an industrial strength machine will burn out the motor. If you could let us know what type of machine you have and what types of needle and thread you used, I would super appreciate it!

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      Apr 23, 2010, 03.14 AMby caramia-made

      Hmmm well according to my manual, I have a Kenmore Zig-Zag sewing machine, Model 1410 (which is circa the early 1970’s I believe)… I inherited it from my paternal grandmother over 10 years ago. So I don’t really know a whole lot about the motor type, etc. But it really is a sturdy machine.

      As for the fabric, I used a very lightweight denim, so it wasn’t much thicker than some sort of twill so I doubt the machine would’ve had too much trouble. But I did use a denim-strength needle, and heavy-duty embroidery thread for the top-stitching. I just used Guiterman all-purpose thread for the main seams though.

      You are correct though in needing a strong motor in order to sew heavier fabrics… I don’t think I would use upholstry fabric or leather on this machine… Hope this helps!

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    Apr 22, 2010, 08.30 AMby flowergirl22

    great,, you really can not tell they are not shop bought, well done,, i am sure millions will follow.

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    Apr 22, 2010, 03.10 AMby storres56

    Your jeans look great. You have inspired me to try making a pair myself.

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    Apr 21, 2010, 09.26 PMby seussian

    pretty. . . . . everything, hair, scenery ,jeans , you, all VERY pretty. God bless =)

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    Apr 21, 2010, 06.10 PMby ustreetmove

    great job! i’ve got the book too, and am thinking of trying her pants pattern.

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    Apr 21, 2010, 12.34 PMby funnymuffin

    These came out amazing! Its not easy to get such a good fit with tight pants, especially on your first pair. Bravo.

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    Apr 21, 2010, 09.33 AMby msgems

    I really want to make some jeans but too terrified of making trousers… Is it really as scary as I think? You did an amazing job on these!!!

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      Apr 21, 2010, 03.18 PMby caramia-made

      Trousers aren’t too bad after all! These were the second pair I’ve made… Burdastyle’s “Bella” pants were the first and I found them a bit easier (since there is no zipper and the waistband is a bit easier to attach). But this pattern wasn’t too bad. Go for it! :-)

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    Apr 21, 2010, 08.39 AMby susisonne

    Your jeans are looking great. I like the white topstitching on the dark blue. Did you have to make some changes on the pattern? I also have this book but I wasn`t sure about the sizing.

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      Apr 21, 2010, 03.16 PMby caramia-made

      Thank you!
      No, I didn’t make any changes to the sizing… I took my measurements and according to the book I was a size 6 so that is what I made. I began making another pair of pants from the pattern first (they aren’t finished yet b/c I wanted the denim ones to wear on a trip). I was hesitant about the sizing b/c it seemed small so I only used a 1/4" seam allowance instead of the recommended 1/2". However it was a bit saggy around the bum and crotch areas. So on the denim I decided to go for it and use the recommended seam allowances. However, this fabric IS stretchy so it’s a bit forgiving… You could always try making it in a cheap stretchy fabric first to check the fit, but I did find it true-to-size. Hope this helps and good luck! =)

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    Apr 21, 2010, 05.26 AMby keren

    Wow! Excellent job! They seem to fit really well. Jeans are not easy to sew I gather! And for a beginner it’s extra impressive!!

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    Apr 21, 2010, 04.05 AMby hstorm799

    Those look fantastic! I am still not brave enough to try denim.

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    Apr 21, 2010, 12.04 AMby jdp136

    WOW! those are awsome!!

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    Apr 20, 2010, 08.57 PMby scheryka

    Join the jean making clan. It really does feel good to be able to have a product that looks like you have paid 100s of dollars and the little secret is that you saved a ton more than your friend. These are OUT FREAKING STANDING! Congrats lady Mia007.

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    Apr 20, 2010, 06.08 PMby Natalie Dill

    wow! so impressive for a self-professed beginner!!

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    Apr 20, 2010, 05.04 PMby candicej

    You can be extremely proud of yourself, because those jeans look like you paid a fortune for them! Very well done :-)

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    Apr 20, 2010, 05.04 PMby mixtlii

    Wow, that’s impressive! Looks so professionnal!

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    Apr 20, 2010, 04.41 PMby nettie

    I love these!! Especially the name!

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      Apr 20, 2010, 04.49 PMby caramia-made

      Ha ha ha – thanks! I thought it was rather clever :)

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