A year ago February it snowed for two weeks straight which means I got two weeks of snowed-in-sewing time. It was then that I decided to tackle sewing my first pair of jeans. I made two pairs that month in regular dark denim, then made two additional pairs over the summer and fall.
This pattern is undoubtedly one of the rock stars of the handmade world. Not only is it super flattering, but Heather truly demystifies the denim sewing process into extremely manageable steps.
For my third pair, I used a white stretch denim from Denver Fabrics. I also wanted a summer aesthetic so I used a seafoam topstitching thread from Wawak.
There’s nothing more terrifying than topstitching with contrast thread. For the most part, I think I did a good job. I moved the back pockets up a bit to accommodate my personal shape.
I used a scrap of blue striped shirting for the pocket lining which adds a nice summer vibe.
My one beef with these is that the fabric has less stretch than advertised. Frankly, these are a bit uncomfortable without doing some squats first. When they do stretch a bit, though, they maintain a decent shape.
According to Heather’s size chart, I’m a straight 16. Due to the Lycra content and finished measurements, I made a straight size 12 and removed some length. I wanted these to hit slightly above my ankles.
Sometime around October I got a wild hair to make a ridiculously bright pair of Ginger jeans. I purchased this wale-less corduroy from Denver Fabrics and figured it would make a great fall pant.
I used pink topstitching thread because I love pink and green together. The pink also makes these “springtime” appropriate as well.
A scrap of Amy Butler voile for the pockets gave these some “lady in the street, freak in the bed” appeal. And I’m super-pleased that the pink in the pocket lining matches my topstitching thread. Total accident.
I made a size 12 in these as well but I had the opposite issue with the stretch – the Lycra content in this corduroy was actually underrepresented. These tend to stretch out after one wearing, which is annoying.
Still, these are really cute, comfortable, and look nice dressed for warm or cold weather. My next pair will be bright pink, and I’m planning another regular denim as well.
Overall, this is a brilliant pattern. It truly makes the process of sewing jeans enjoyable, not to mention these are the most comfortable and flattering jeans I’ve ever owned.
Pattern: Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns
Size: 12 w/ modifications
Needle: Schmetz Denim 90/14
Thread: Gutermann 70 Topstitch from Wawak.com