Have you put off sewing jeans? I sure did for a long long time. Not any more though! In the last few years, I’ve gotten better with fitting, pants included. I originally won a pattern from Winter Wear Designs a few years ago before ever trying one. I chose the Real Deal Jeans because I didn’t have a jeans pattern and had never sewn them before. It was quite a while before I got my courage up to try them. I made denim shorts for my trial pair with bright pink topstitching. You can see them in this blog post. And guess what! They weren’t that hard to fit and I wear them All The Time! It’s been time for a new pair for many months, so I jumped at the chance for a blog tour and a deadline to get them sewn! Living in Phoenix, I wear more shorts and Capris than I do jeans since we have so many months of hot weather. I thought I would make the Capri length this time but hen I remembered this piece of stretch twill that I found at a thrift store. I’ve been wanting to use it since last summer so this is what I chose. I needed to make bottoms to match this rtw tank that has been in my closet not getting enough wear.
I used two spools of regular thread rather than topstitching thread for the first time. It worked out wonderfully. I didn’t have any of the usual problems I have with topstitching! I think it turned out pretty with the matching thread.
Just for reference, I cut my shorts longer than the 5″ cut line that is on the pattern. I think I cut about 9″, but then shortened to be about 7 1/2″ inseam.
I had a bit more trouble with the fitting this time. I should know that I need to add the waistband to check fit by now and I didn’t do that. I ended up picking out seams, even topstitching to adjust the bubbles I was getting at the top of the back rise! This is not my favorite way to install a zipper, but it does look good in the end. I am very happy with my new shorts and look forward to wearing them (and that neglected tank)!
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