Stretch Denim is for Jeans

Making your own jeans can be intimidating but I went for it using a Mood Fabrics’ Theory Denim (sold out but here are many more to pick from – Mood Fabrics’ Denim) and the Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns, which is named for Mood Sewing Network’s own Ginger Makes

eMood Fabrics' denim makes fabulous Ginger Jeans

 

This denim pair is my third pair of pants from this pattern.  The first from a stretch twill from Mood Fabrics and the second from Mood Fabrics’ black suede cotton.  Each time I changed a couple things on the pattern and this denim pair I feel is a good fit.

One change was for the baggy seat, using this recommended alteration at Thread’s Magazine and it really worked, no more baggy seat

Mood Fabrics' denim makes fabulous Ginger Jeans

 

here I am standing straight for another view

Mood Fabrics' denim makes fabulous Ginger Jeans

A few more changes

  • Add 1″ to the rise in the front, 1″ in the back tapering to 1-1/2″ at the center back
  • Pinched out a small dart a the front crotch area, tapering to nothing at the bottom zipper
  • Added a seam allowance to the center back at the waistband so I could angle the seam to fit closer to my waist.

 

 

I always add length to my pants and with denim I add even more.  I don’t know about you but it seems that denim always tends to shrink up and I don’t want my jeans to get to short.  I am happy to have them a bit longer, just for security and other shoe choices, too!

Mood Fabrics' denim makes fabulous Ginger Jeans

 

Mood Fabrics' denim makes fabulous Ginger Jeans

 

 

Rivets, yes, that seems to be one item in jean sewing that just puts the jeans over the top and look so RTW, I have a stash of rivets but have not had the best success inserting them into my projects and getting them to stay.  Thanks to the great instructions included in the Ginger jeans, my rivets are perfectly installed and they are staying in my jeans.

Mood Fabrics' denim makes fabulous Ginger Jeans

While we are looking at this close up of the front pocket and coin pocket, let’s talk topstitching.  I saw this tip on Instagram and I cannot remember the person, sorry, help me if you know and I will give credit.  Instead of using topstitching thread, use regular construction thread and the triple stitch on your sewing machine.  I really wanted to use this bronze thread and I went with the triple stitch and I love the results.

I am so happy with these new jeans and the slight changes I have made to the pattern.  Aren’t we the luckiest people, we can change a pattern just a bit and sew up fabulous fabric to make a garment the is perfect for us.  I love to sew and I really am trying to learn more about fit and making the necessary adjustments to make a pattern and garment better.

Happy sewing in 2015, I hope all your bobbins are full and all your garments are wonderful.  Here is to a great year of fabulous garments

Mood Fabrics' denim makes fabulous Ginger Jeans

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Comments


  • Sallieoh
    January 14, 2015

    Wow Lori!!! These look awesome!! Fabulous job tweaking the fit – it really shows as the fit on these is really terrific! And great tip about the triple stitch topstitching, I’ll have to remember that one!

    • Lori
      January 14, 2015

      Thanks, Sallieoh, I am very happy with the jeans, now to buy more denim!!

  • Goodbye Valentino
    January 14, 2015

    You have nailed this pattern, Lori! What a great looking pair of jeans :)

    • Lori
      January 14, 2015

      Thank you Sarah, try, try and try again really paid off for these jeans.

  • Kate
    January 14, 2015

    Amazing jeans! Did you use the high waisted, or low waisted version?

    • Lori
      January 14, 2015

      Kate, I used the low waisted version and added the length in the rise to that view.

  • oonaballoona
    January 14, 2015

    you ladies of the jeans are champions. rivets and everything!! i bow to you!

    • Lori
      January 14, 2015

      Thanks so much, these are fun to make and I am happy they fit so well. I always think oh, jeans, they will take so long and then I get busy sewing and then before I know it they are done.

  • ME Pendleton
    January 14, 2015

    Great job – at this point I would be very intimidated to try jeans !
    You have done a super job fitting these jeans

    • Lori
      January 14, 2015

      Jeans are not that hard. One step at a time. I like to do the fly and pockets one everning, then the zipper fly and the leg seams. Finally, the last night I do the waistband, belt loops and hem

  • Jenny
    January 14, 2015

    Awesome!

    And I think it was Sarah at Grey’s Fabrics who had that tip on the triple stitching :)

    • Lori
      January 14, 2015

      Thanks, Jenny and thanks for the help with the source for the triple stitch tip.

  • Manju
    January 14, 2015

    Lori this look fantastic! I am hoping to try this pattern myself…hope look half as good.

    • Lori
      January 14, 2015

      Thank you, Manju it is a great pattern. Have fun making your jeans.

  • Ginger
    January 14, 2015

    These are fantastic! The fit is PERFECT and your topstitching looks amazing! Wonderful job! I hear you about the length- I feel like my jeans shrink the first couple of times they’re in the wash, even though I prewash the fabric! You can always shorten them later, but adding length is a different story. :)

    • Lori
      January 14, 2015

      Thanks so much, yes, adding length is not a good thing!!

  • Lauren
    January 14, 2015

    Ooh, Lori, I love these!! The look so good on you and that topstitching is pure perfection ♥

    • Lori
      January 14, 2015

      Thanks, Lauren, when I finished them, and the fit was so nice, I had the biggest smile! It just makes you feel so good, doesn’t it?

  • Heather Lou
    January 14, 2015

    You have mastered the fit – they look stupendous! Check out that heiny!

    • Lori
      January 14, 2015

      LOL, thanks so much, I am thrilled and to have pants that fit the heiny is a plus! Big plus

  • Peter
    January 15, 2015

    Those look fantastic, Lori. I still haven’t mastered rivets myself, but it might be time to give them another go!

    • Lori
      January 15, 2015

      Thanks Peter, I would love some kind of tool that would make it easier. Like snaps, maybe there is and I just haven’t found it.

  • Cissie
    January 15, 2015

    Fantastic jeans, Lori. I need to remember about adding length for security. Can’t tell you how many times mine have gotten shorter with wear. Thanks for a great review.

    • Lori
      January 15, 2015

      Thanks, Cissie, this is a great fabric and the denim is great, too.

  • Wanett
    January 15, 2015

    You look fantastic!! Thanks for sharing that top stitching tip!!

    • Lori
      January 15, 2015

      Oh, thank you so much, Wanett

  • Fiona
    January 15, 2015

    Every pair of these that I see get me so excited to make my own! (which are still waiting to be cut out…) Your topstitching and rivets look so professional, great job!

    • Lori
      January 15, 2015

      Thank you Fiona, I am thrilled with the completed jeans. I agree it is so fun to see all the Ginger jeans and it just makes it so fun.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    January 25, 2015

    These look fantastic – I’m always in awe of jeans that look like ‘the real deal’ and this is it!

    • Lori
      January 26, 2015

      Oh, thanks so much, Lizzy, I just love these jeans.