Mock-Designer Jeans

I absolutely adore dark-denim jeans, so when I saw my friend’s pair of True Religion jeans I was smitten. I was not, however, smitten with the price-tag. So I decided to make my own!

I borrowed Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe from my local library and used the pants pattern to construct my own slim-fitting bootcut jeans. Unlike many sewing patterns these days, I found the sizing to be fairly accurate. My measurements said I would be a size 6 and the fit was perfect. Often when using commercial sewing patterns, I make the size I’m meant to be, only to find out that the garment is way too big and then I need to do a whole bunch of extra work to take it in – arg!!!!
The real secret behind these jeans was my careful use of white top-stitching as a contrast with the dark denim. I stitched the entire garment together using regular navy coloured thread, but finished all the top-stitching using a heavy white embroidery thread. This was my first attempt at making a pair of pants with a waistband – and it’s also only the fourth time I’ve successfully put in a zipper. Needless to say there are a few weird things going on around the fly area, but my stepmom suggested that using a bar-and-hook closure would probably be better than a traditional button, so that helped things to be a bit smoother.
I absolutely love these jeans. I’ve worn them out and about a couple of times and have gotten several compliments on them. After people say they like them, THEN I tell them that I made them… That seems to impress them more, ha ha ha!
Hubby and I went to Vancouver last weekend and all the cherry blossoms were out – BLISS!

4 thoughts on “Mock-Designer Jeans

  1. Thank you very much!
    Yes the pattern was fairly easy to follow… The only confusing bit (for me, at least) was putting in the fly and attaching the waistband. It kind of ended up pulling at the fabric in a weird way, but due to the stretchiness of the fabric it seems to have pretty much sorted itself out. Hooray! Good luck on your jeans Caitlin!


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