Seriously!  MY. JEANS. ARE. ALL. DONE!

I haven’t had too much trouble finishing them off and I love the look and fit of the cotton lycra fabric.  I pieced them together with these patterns:  Vogue V2948 and  Vogue V8774, along with watching these Craftsy courses:  Angela Wolf’s Sewing Designer Jeans and Sandra Betzina’s Pant Fitting Techniques.  If you wish to see my previous steps for assembling my black denim Capris jeans and these blue denim jeans, check them out here, here, here, and here.

While making my jeans, I loved distressing the jeans fabric and applying jeans buttons and rivets.  So much so that I am now going to keep an eye out for jet black cotton lycra denim for my third pair of jeans!  

Please click on the first photo in my gallery to run “How to attach jeans buttons and rivets”…

I was having such good luck, I decided to redo the jeans button on my black denim Capris pants.  That jeans button ended up being a little loose when finished so it was easy to work it off.  I lined the inside of the waistband in the small area where the button is to go with two layers of my heavier blue denim and reattached the button.  It held much better with the thicker layers.

By the time the job was finished the rain came quite heavily so I have more indoor photos (the lighting is so strange in the house) of the details on my finished blue denim jeans.

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Since this fabric had some lycra stretch to it, I made this pair smaller than my black denim cotton Capris – I think I am going to make my next pair smaller again if I use a cotton lycra blend as these still seem a bit loose.  Also, I would like to make my next pair with large “tummy control” pockets 🙂 and slimmer pant legs.  I might even see if I can make this pair slimmer yet.

Now before I get too carried away with the celebration of a (finally) finished project, let me tell you the winner of last week’s Give Away!  I used a random number generator … (drum roll please) … the winner is Thimberlina!  Please email me your mailing address at imadeit362436 (at) gmail (dot) com.  Congratulations Thimberlina and Thank you everyone for playing along!

Happy Sewing!

64 thoughts on “ALL DONE!

  1. I am seriously in awe of anyone who can make jeans. These are great.

    1. Thank you! It was actually a fun process, taken a piece at a time. I’m happy with these, but as usual with everything I do I think the next pair will have all the kinks ironed out! 🙂

  2. Ditto SewSouthLondon above, seriously impressive work! They look great, even with the ‘funny’ lighting. The top stitching looks super professional 🙂

  3. I’m leisurely reading your post over my early morning coffee, then I gets to the bit about the giveaway and had to read it twice! What a surprise! I’ll drop you an email….Thankyou so much!
    Your jeans are amazing! So much detail, no one will believe you made them! ✂️😀✂️

    1. You’re welcome! and Thank you for the compliments! Enjoy your morning coffee!

  4. Congratulations on finishing this project and having two splendid pairs of jeans to wear! They look fabulous and I can only imagine how wonderful it must be to wear jeans that are made just for you. It’s all very inspirational.

    1. Thank you! I think it is time for a little break from jeans! Although I really badly want to hammer some more rivets!

  5. Congratulations on your finished jeans!! They look great and there is so much detail! I am in awe… 🙂

    1. Oh I loved doing the detail the best!

  6. I love the princess seam top stitching idea! I also am uber impressed with the overall finish, fit, and use of techniques. I’ve been sitting on denim fabric and Sandra Betzina’s jeans pattern for almost 2 years now. I’m afraid/intimidated by the process. I am so happy to see yours with so many tips/tricks. I’ll also have to check out those craftsy classes. I really want to learn to fit pants and trousers! It is like the next sewing frontier! Enjoy your lovely jeans!

    1. Thank you! And keep in mind I’m not recommending any class or any instructor. I take a lot of courses. And I like how this lady did this and that lady did that. Some go into detail and some don’t. I don’t mind someone asking what I thought of a course. I notice Sewing with Scooby Snacks takes Crafty courses so I always check out what she thought too! I also get on their email list so they tell me when there are sales and I only buy then. I do like the princess seam pants pattern and I will do that one again!

  7. They look great – well done! Jeans become a bit addictive. I have recently finished my fifth pair so you can expect a wardrobe fill now you have the pattern and techniques sorted 😃

    1. I knew it! It’s just like chocolate! Once you start you can’t stop! I have seen your jeans. You took a different course than me and you have had a lot of success with them!

  8. Those are gorgeous!!!! Fantastic job!

  9. Your jeans look AWESOME! I really like the colour of the jean material and the detailing, especially that squiggly (is that even a word) decorative design on the pockets and the line down the front of the pant legs. Too cool. Great job.👍👏

    1. Thank you very much! Those squiggly lines can be so addictive to sew!

  10. Great work! They turned out very professional looking. I love the pocket detail – your top stitching looks amazing!

    1. Thank you! Of course I see the wobbly lines here and there… Ah sometimes you just got to live with it! 😀

  11. You know I have been following your jeans adventure, and I am in awe also. I can see using the hammer with the rivets and buttons to relieve any stress the adventure would put me through, along with the cork screw. 😉 You did a fantastic job.

    1. Thank you! And thank you for your funny comments too!

  12. I love them!! Nice fit, rivets and jean buttons and all the bells and whistles 🙂 This design element of the princess seams I love as well for the jeans so cool!!

    1. Thank you very much! I do like Sandra Betzina’s pattern – haven’t seen anything similar yet! I bought the Suzy Furrer course on pants fitting that you were talking about, looks like she goes into some great details!

  13. Well done! Rivets are the part I usually skip – finding the kit is half a days work, but it does give yours a nice finish. I’m still admiring the topstitching too.

    1. Thank you! I am lucky there is a store about 45 minutes away in the city that carries stuff that is usually unrecognizable to me! Their choice of fabric is sometimes the same old, same old though. They didn’t have any suitable heavy denim!

  14. What a great slide show! I’ve made a few Ginger Jeans, and I’ve not yet attempted rivets or jeans buttons. Those gizmos look awesome! I will have to keep an eye out for the kits! And the masking tape tip is great too…I’ve been trying to hold things with my fingers…not such a great idea, LOL!

    1. Thank you! I knew in advance that a hammer and my fingers were not a good idea!

  15. Oh wow, great job! My first attempts at pants turned out horrible, I couldn’t even imagine trying my hand at jeans! You’re so skilled!

    1. Well thank you, but I guess, like knitting, it takes a while to get the knack for it!

      1. Haha, that’s probably true! 😀

  16. Fabulous pair! I love all your topstitching and details. Makes for a one-of-a-kind! Congratulations, and here’s to more pairs of jeans coming out of your sewing room!

    1. Thank you! Top stitching and rivets are addictive I find! I only hope to get better and quicker as I go along. It might take me a while to find the right fabric. Anyone have a realiable source for cotton/Lycra?

  17. Well done! These are very impressive, fit, topstiching, rivets, the lot.

  18. Aren’t those back pockets adorable? You’ve made them so professionally looking, I like the stitches that you used and that they are simetrical, that is usually a bro let for me, can never make two pieces of a garment totally identical. Well done Linda, enjoy wearing them.

    1. Thank you! It helped to draw up a stencil first and trace it on with chalk and cross my fingers and bite my tongue!

  19. They look fab – and a great tutorial on inserting the rivets.
    I’m wearing my me made jeans today after finishing off the rivets at the weekend and I feel such satisfaction!

    1. Thank you! I’m going to have to see yours now! I love how sewist can take the same thing and put their own twist on it!

  20. And miles and miles of top stitching. Impeccable work – well done. This is on my list for this year and I will refer back to your posts when I get my nerve.

    1. Well if I can help that’s great! The internet is so full of information, inspiration, how to’s, etc!

  21. OH Man…I envy those who can successfully sew any type of pants…esp Jeans! And on top of that you used snaps! Those are so difficult for me that I’ve given up on anything remotely like that!

    1. Pants and jeans are challenges I want to conquer! (And I’ve been sewing since middle school – that’s a lot of years avoiding sewing pants and jeans!) 😃

      1. Omgosh!! Me too!! I’ve been checking out the classes over at Very interesting.

        1. Yes, there are some good ones! Sign up for their emails and you will get notice of their sales. That’s when I buy.

          1. Thank you!! I’ll do that.

  22. Woo hoo!!! Great job! And with proper rivets on top of all of that detailed stitching?!? Now you’re just showing off. 😉

    1. Thank you! And “oops!” Shame on me! 🙀

  23. The jeans are fabulous and the stitching on the pockets is so perfect. Making jeans is on my goal list for 2015. I’ll refer to your posts again and again!

    1. Thank you! I’m looking forward to seeing your’s!

  24. Well worth every minute spent on them! Great

  25. I love the color of those jeans. I am looking for a pair just like that. I really like the back pocket designs too. Totally impressed with your patience, just imagining from the pictures with the rivets and everything!

    1. Thank you! We shall see what colour my fabric is after I wear and wash them a few times! Although I did pre-wash. but you know how jeans fade!

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