Folks, I made jeans!! These are the Cashmerette Ames jeans, made using some stretch denim from my local fabric shop. I made them using the Cashmerette online jeans sewing course and it made the whole process so easy, I was worried about using denim in my sewing machine, but the course was filled with tips to make it easier. I bought the course because I understand the process making things so much more easily by watching a video rather than looking at picture instructions. The video course made all the tricky bits, like sewing the fly front, a breeze.
Despite jeans being the most difficult thing I’ve sewn so far, these only took me a week to complete. My partner was away last week for work, so I spent the evenings sewing. The downside was that some of the fitting parts (such as the placement of the pockets) which needed a second opinion or someone to take photos, I had to do by myself. So on the next pair I make, I’ll adjust the placement a bit more. However, I wanted to get these jeans finished today so I could take part in the Curvy Sewing Collective’s #CurvyYearOfSewing challenge, which is Jeans and Trousers for January and February. I was also really inspired by Closet Case Pattern’s #NoFearNewJeans challenge on Instagram, even though I’m not making Closet Case Pattern’s jeans.
Before I made these, I made a toile in a cheap stretch denim. As the Ames jeans pattern comes with two different shapes, apple and pair, I figured I would be an apple, so I made the toile using that pattern piece. However, when I tried it on, I had some gaping at the back, so I switched to the pear pattern pieces. I also did a low butt adjustment after looking at the drag lines on the toile and using these diagrams from Closet Case Patterns and extended the yoke pattern piece up at the top because I wanted a higher waist. As I was sewing the jeans I also tried them on a few times, I ended up taking the hips in a bit and the bottom of the calves in a lot.
After wearing the finished jeans for a bit, I have a few adjustments I’d like to make in my next pair. There are a lot of drag lines at the front, so I’m going to ask for some help to reduce those. I also think the yoke should start a bit higher up, the waistband is a little loose as it is and I’d like them to have an even higher rise at the back, even skinnier legs and deeper pockets.
My ideal fit is these Lucy jeans from Simply Be, which I’ve been buying and wearing for the last three years. The jeans fit perfectly, but the denim is so thin the inner leg fabric wears through after six months, and can’t really be patched. This is super frustrating and it strikes me as quite wasteful to keep buying the same jeans when I know they’re going to last such a short amount of time.
I took these photos this afternoon, I was super excited about finishing them and I went straight out to take pictures. The t-shirt I’m wearing is from Wicked clothing, I’m really into graphic t-shirts at the moment and I love this design. We’re having a cold snap at the moment, so I tried to take these pictures as quickly as possible, so I wasn’t standing around without a coat for too long!