I'm happy to report that my silver denim jeans are nearly finished.
One challenge that this fabric presented was its aluminum foil-like reflectiveness. Light really bounces off it!
The bigger challenge had nothing to do with the metallic finish and everything to do with the stretch. In order to finish the waistband, I attached it the way I do all my jeans: stitching the band first on the inside of the pants and then folding it over the top, turning the seam allowance under, and topstitching the waistband in place. Even with a walking foot, the fabric wanted to stretch (the fabric has one-way stretch, btw; I cut the waistband so it wouldn't stretch horizontally). I tried Wonder Tape -- no luck: it wouldn't stick to the silver coating. Fusible web wasn't an option since pressing this fabric is out of the question -- I didn't even try.
My remedy -- which worked perfectly, btw -- was to tape the outer waistband in place with transparent Scotch tape and to simply sew on top of it. The tape was challenging to remove after I'd stitched over it, but with patience, I was able to peel it all off.
I then finished the waistband with belt loops and a silver snap.
All that remains to do now is to hem. I'm not sure how long I want these jeans to be and since the wrong side is white, I can't really turn them up if I want them shorter. I may finish them by hand with a deep hem and a blind stitch, so that I can turn them up without the white underside showing. We'll see.
Here are the pants before I added the belt loops. Can you say shiny hiney?
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, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!