Readers, the jeans are done and I have pants without holes at the knees. Jeans are work but these came together without too much drama.
I recognize that men's jeans are much easier to make than women's since (most) men aren't curvy. I am grateful for being, essentially, a rectangle.
Let's talk back pockets -- one of my favorite parts of making jeans. I always use white school glue (like Elmer's) to make them and have good results. I make mine side by side, and once one pocket is done I use it as the model for the other. What matters most is that they be symmetrical.
If you haven't tried glue and are having problems with patch pockets, I highly recommend it.
|I pin the second pocket to the first (finished) pocket to make sure they end up the same size.|
I always think I'm going to try some fancy back pocket free motion embroidery but I never do. By the time I get to my pockets (I do them last) I'm already running out of steam.
Readers, is your plastic sewing machine giving you grief when you're sewing multiple layers of denim? If so, get yourself an old Singer straight stitch machine (or even a Japanese clone equivalent). I know you've heard this before, but those old Singers have the piercing power to sink a needle into many layers of thick denim, and straight stitchers are great for topstitching (without the aid of special feet).
As I mentioned earlier, I used my treadle (a Singer 66) for some of the seams and my Singer 201 for topstitching (and my buttonhole). I always serge my inside pocket edges and use the serger for the outer leg seams (which don't get flat-felled).
I like to wait a few washes before hemming jeans, but I don't think I'm ever going to put these in the dryer (even through I wash and dried the denim twice, there could be additional shrinkage) -- why take the risk? I've heard of some people never washing their jeans at all, but that sounds a little icky, don't you think?
|About an inch or so below the belly button is about as low as I want my pants to sit.|
In conclusion, I am happy to have a new pair of pants. I may even have enough denim to make another pair, but that will have to wait. Right now I must vacuum up the little threads all over the living room rug. (At a certain point I stop reaching for the wastepaper basket and just toss them on the floor.)
Have a great weekend, everybody!
Anybody interested in a sewing machine? (Just a little rusty...)