Hey everyone! Sorry for being so quiet over the last few weeks. Things have been a little crazy in our household over the last month, but we are sewing again, and we can’t wait to share our projects with you!
Through exams, graduations, and vacations, I’ve been working on a new project that was a little crazy/advanced…..JEANS!
It all started when my jeans ripped last month on my way to school. Luckily it happened as I was getting in the car, so I didn’t have to suffer the embarrassment in front of anyone other than my lovely, fun-making sisters.
So, I clearly needed new jeans, and I thought (as you do), Why not make a pair? Brilliant. It also just so happened that mom had a bunch of denim just lying around in the basement! The stars aligned on this particular day, and it seemed like a pair of handmade jeans were in my future. Don’t get me wrong, just because the stars align, it doesn’t mean the road will be smooth. There were times when I wanted to curse on the scraps of denim in my hands. But on the other side of this story, I’m glad I made them. I’m super pleased with how they turned out, and I was able to try out some new skills in the process.
I made the Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Files. This pattern has a high-waisted version that I love, and I’ve recently developed a thing for high-waisted anything, so this was the pattern for me. This pattern calls for denim with some stretch in it, but the basement denim I used was old, and I have no idea what it is made of, or how much stretch is in it. I decided to make the gamble and use the mystery denim, so I could save myself some $$ on new denim. So far, it seems fine, but next time I will find a denim that follows the pattern.
Even though the pattern comes with step by step instructions, I mostly followed the sewalong that Closet Case Files put together. It is so comprehensive, and all the pictures make it clear if I am doing a step correctly. I also decided that before I cut into my denim, I wanted to make a muslin to test the fit. I’m glad that I did, because I wanted to change a few things after the fact. They fit great now, and there are only a few things that I would tweak next time.
So, yeah, that’s it! My jeans are complete, and I loooooove them! I even got to use a hammer to put on the button and rivets, that’s how legit these jeans are! Haha!
Now that this project is done, I’ll probably look at making something a little less crazy, that won’t make me want to pull my hair out. Maybe a cute blouse, or a summer dress? Not sure yet, but I’ll keep you in the loop!
Ps. We’ve got some cool announcements coming in the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled! 🙂