Hopefully everything was going well, today we would like to share to you all some tips to help you create your own trusty jeans.
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Take your measurements
The most important measurements for jeans are your waist and hips. While side seams and inseams are usually quite easy to modify, the hip size can be difficult to alter. Measure your hips at their fullest point, usually 8 or 9 inches (20.3 or 22.9 cm) below the waist. You can use these measurements to look up the correct pattern size on the pattern manufacturer’s sizing chart. Most patterns are suitable for use with a range of sizes, so you just need to make sure the range on the pattern you choose includes your size.
Select a pattern you like
As for just about any sewing project, you need to start with the right pattern. Your local craft store or discount store will have a variety of patterns, and you can also order patterns online. You should be able to find a pattern for any style you want. Patterns for non-denim pants can work if you know what you’re doing, but if this is your first jeans project, you’ll definitely want to use a pattern that’s intended specifically for jeans.
Select your fabric
Be careful when choosing your fabric, because many denims are too thin for jeans. Make sure you get “jeans-grade” denim. There are many colors available, but you can also dye your fabric to your liking. Indigo dye is the traditional blue jeans dye.
Fit your pattern to your body
You should take several measurements at various points from your waist to your hips and down the legs, as well as the crotch. Write down these measurements, adding “ease” of up to an inch in the waist, 3⁄4 inch (1.9 cm) in the crotch, and 2 inches (5.1 cm) in the hips (adding ease ensures that your jeans aren’t skin-tight, and you can alter the amount of ease you add depending on your preferences). Compare your measurements to those on the pattern, and alter the pattern where necessary. Remember, of course, to also alter the pattern for the correct length.
Preshrink your fabric
Wash and dry the fabric on the same settings as you would use to wash the finished jeans. You can save water and energy by washing with your other like-colored laundry. Prewashing will make the fabric easier to work with, and it will help you make sure that your jeans really fit.
Follow the instructions on the pattern
Generalized instructions won’t help you much at this point. You simply need to cut your fabric and sew it according to the instructions on your pattern.
Customize your jeans
Once your jeans are finished, you can add trim, buttons,patches or anything else to dress them up and make them “designer” jeans.You can even make holes in them or distress them if you like that look.
Wash and dry the finished jeans before wearing.
- Having trouble deciding on a pattern? Ask a store clerk or check out some of the online forums, where you’ll most likely find someone else who’s used the pattern you’re interested in. These forums are great for exchanging all sorts of useful sewing tips.
- Plan on making a couple pairs before you finally get the fit right. Jeans are one of the hardest clothing items to find in the right size.
- If you are making skinny jeans and discover they are a little too big, you can always hop in a hot bath to shrink them to size!
- Check to see how the jeans fit before you put the zipper on. Put the jeans on and tie them snugly around the waist with a string and use a couple safety pins to close the zipper opening.
- Use a heavy-duty sewing machine. Some sewing machines, particularly many older ones, aren’t really cut for sewing thick, tough denim. If in doubt, check your sewing machine’s manual. Also get any other cool stuff that you want to put on, such as buttons, glitter, different patterns, etc.
- If you already have a pair of jeans that fit well you can trace them onto denim fabric instead of buying a pattern. Be sure to leave 1⁄4 inch (0.6 cm) seam allowances around the edges.