Friends, I hope you agree that with these Kwik Sew men's jeans I have successfully achieved the "snug and shapely mono-bun" that MBP readers favor by a wide margin according to Friday's "denimed derriere" poll.
I like these jeans a lot and they're super-comfy. They have a more traditional fit -- a little fuller in the thighs and higher in the waist than some popular styles. But let's face it, I'm not in a boy band.
Here, again, is what I was striving for and I think I'm pretty close.
A little more topstitching porn:
Some of you mentioned rivets. They would be nice but I'd need to have them done professionally -- too much work for me. Or maybe I'm wrong. Can you do that yourself?
By having the front belt loops overlap the top of the front pocket, the extra stitching provides sufficient reinforcement in the pocket area, at least on the side closer to the fly. I don't walk around with my hands in my pockets much, preferring gloves.
I'll wash these a few times before hemming just in case they shrink up.
Thank you for all your excellent pointers yesterday about twill often being off grain. I can now direct my anger at the fabric instead of the fabric store.
The one thing I don't care for in this pattern, Kwik Sew 2123 (from 1991), is that the front left fly is part of the same pattern piece as the left side leg and is then folded back, which doesn't really provide enough thickness for the fly, imo. On other patterns, this is a separate piece (basically a facing) that's interfaced, attached, and then folded back, creating a thick seam and thus a thicker edge. Here's my Kwik Sew jeans:
The pattern piece in question:
Here's my old jeans (made from Simplicity 5048, also OOP):
Do you see the difference? Anyway, it's water under the bridge, no biggie.
And that, my friends, is that.
I hope you're all feeling well and enjoying your weekend. Me, I'm locking those pesky dogs in their crates and going to the flea market. Next up, Mom's skirt. Ick. And it's almost turkey time -- gobble gobble.
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