Friends, today I get started on my second pair of jeans, the ones with the button fly, which I'm making for Michael.
Remember how I said the second pair was going to be dark indigo denim? Well, it turns out they're going to be white just like the first pair. Michael liked my white ones so much he wants his own, and I have enough white denim left to make them.
Of course, these won't be exactly the same. Michael has requested yellow (yellow?) topstitching. And rivets. And a button fly. Your wish is my command, sire!
Here's a topstitching sample. Hey, I don't have to wear them.
Did I mention I've been topstitching on my new(ish) Featherweight? It handles denim and topstitching thread beautifully.
I bought these jeans buttons yesterday at Daytona Trim -- the larger button is for the waistband and the smaller is for the fly. Kind of Mayan-looking, no? Why do they say Elie Tahari on them?
I even found matching rivets -- or at least I think they're rivets. No, they're definitely rivets.
And look, Taylor Tailor sent me these beautiful classic rivets! I think I'm going to try them on my original white jeans. They remind me of vintage hubcaps.
Meanwhile, I stole this image off former Cupcake Goddess (now A Fashionable Stitch), Sunni's recent pants sew-along. I think it's from the popular book, Pants for Real People. (Click to see it in greater detail.) I hope it gives those of you with fit challenges some insights.
I'm not addressing fit beyond the basics (rise, length) here, but if you have specific questions please post them in the Jeans Sew-Along Flickr group and if I can't answer them, someone else probably can.
We already have some great looking projects posted there and more are coming in daily.
I'd love to award a prize for the best looking jeans, but what could the prize be....? Oh, I know!
Wouldn't you love to spend a day with Troy? I would!
I think I need to start a new feature here at MPB, addressing the concerns of young people. Write in today!
Oh, the drama!
Friends, we're out of time. I hope to make some progress on my pants today.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!