One down, one to go!

Well this isn’t going to be a long post (good news for you, huh?).  But I just wanted to show you my finished black jeans.  As you probably know, I have been watching Angela Wolf’s Craftsy course, Sewing Designer Jeans, and Sandra Betzina’s Craftsy course, Pant Fitting Techniques.  I used Sandra Betzina’s Vogue pattern V2948 with some modifications posted about here, here, and here.

I have finished attaching the curved waistband, attaching the belt carriers (loops) at the same time, and have done more topstitching.

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As usual, my spool of topstitching thread ran out before the garment was finished!  Luckily, this time, I did have white topstitching thread at home!

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I decided to understitch my waistband and hand sew my pocket linings to the centre front seams of my pants to make sure they always stay in place when I put my hand in and pull it out.

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Finished front…

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Finished back…

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One thing I did not like was the quality of the Jeans Buttons I purchased.  At first I couldn’t push the posts on hard enough to break through the fabric, then when I did manage to hammer it through, it bent the bottom fastener and now I am not sure my button will stay attached.  Maybe it will last?  I am going to practice attaching Jeans Buttons some more with my scrap fabric, just in case it was me, but in the meantime I won’t be putting on any more Jeans Buttons, or Rivets, on what I sew until I get this straightened out.

Another thing, with this black pair of jeans, I found the black denim to be too light weight to be a proper pair of jeans, so I cut 8 inches off the legs and turned them into Capris for the summer!  A happy solution!

Me in my new black denim Capris!

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This is me getting ready to step out into the sunshine for a lovely walk on the beach.  Not happening!  I might be dressed for a sunny walk, but its RAINING out there!

Back to my sewing, I am almost finished my blue pair.  I’ll post about them when I am finished.  I am still determined to make a black pair of jeans too, so I am on the look out for proper cotton lycra fabric!

Happy Sewing!

26 thoughts on “One down, one to go!

  1. Joanna Vandervlugt says:

    I love the pockets and the belt loops, a lot of detail and straight stitching. The Capri jeans look good on you. Way to go. Where’s Simon or Sophie?

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  2. Looking good!
    Great idea to chop down into capri pants.
    With the jeans I’m working on I didn’t have a problem with the button, I think they are the Hemline ones. I did have a problem with rivets which sent my stress levels shooting up.
    I gave up with the ones I bought on eBay and have now ordered some from the US as they have had great reviews.
    http://www.castbullet.com/rivet.htm
    Being in the UK I needed to spend over $25 so I ordered 100 rivets and 10 buttons. The buttons are all metal rather.

    This is the article I found the source for the rivets on.
    http://www.fehrtrade.com/article/449/how-to-use-jeans-rivets

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  3. Linda these look great! I love the princess seams in these jeans!! So clever to combine courses 🙂 I also had a hard time with hammering the button onto the shank. You have to hit it dead on or the shank will bend.
    Great topstitching too! You look really nice in them 🙂

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  4. Rose says:

    Looking pretty swanky there girl. Just to let you know I was looking at designer jean the other day and not only are they expensive but they don’t have half the “designer” look that yours do. But then I was only looking at the $55.00 pair, the $105.00 pair, well not in my budget. Yours look great.

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  5. Looks like those Craftsy classes are very helpful – your jeans look gorgeous and the topstitching is very neat. So far I have only used sew on metal buttons for my jeans, I’m afraid of all that hardware, but I did use hammer on snaps on a project once.

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    • Thank you! On this lighter denim, I might have to go back to a sew on button. My second pair i am making is heavier though, so I might be safe using a proper jeans button and a hammer! 🙂 I am determined! I’ve gotten some tips from other bloggers so…. Thank you for hosting Sew It Chic!

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  6. They look so good! I have a question – did you use a different kind of thread for the topstitching? Also, the topstiching looks great and really original. I can’t wait to see the blue pair.

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    • Thanks for the compliments! Yes, I purchased thread specifically called “topstitching” thread. It is thicker and therefore you need size 14 or 16 needles, with a bigger hole. But I bought “topstitching” sewing needles too and used those for these jeans. I also bought “denim” needles but I didn’t see much difference between the topstitching and the denim needles, maybe my denim wasn’t THAT heavyweight. I have heard that you can use two spools of regular thread for topstitching, to save you having to buy something new. But I haven’t tried that myself.

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