When the February challenge was announced, I was disappointed. My mind immediately went to these black twill jeans I cut out last spring. I used the Closet Case Patterns Ginger jeans pattern, which is for a skinny stretch jean. Right after I cut out my fabric, complete with flat pattern alterations based on my measurements at the time, I discovered that I was two months pregnant! I had never made actual jeans, with a zip fly & the whole nine yards, & didn’t have the energy to do it when I’d be expanding out of all pants lacking elastic waistbands in a matter of weeks.
Then I had a miscarriage & I couldn’t bear to sew up the jeans because they were a reminder of the fact that I wasn’t going to have another baby after all.
The due date for that pregnancy was actually this month. So having the UFO challenge was a weird stroke of synchronicity. I decided the time had come & I should finally finish these jeans.
I am really pleased with the result! I wear jeans almost everyday, so not having a pair I’ve made myself was a huge hole in my me-made wardrobe. I cut the low-waisted stovepipe leg style, but made some alterations to raise the waistline. I sewed the waistband to the waistband facing with a 1/4″ seam, & I sewed the waistband to the jeans with a 1/2″ seam. The result is more of a mid-rise, which is what I prefer.
These jeans have all the details: metal zipper, rivets, coin pocket, plenty of topstitching (I used black on my black twill, just in case I made egregious errors, but it actually wasn’t that difficult), a jeans button that had to be hammered into place. My three-year-old daughter was outraged because she thought all the hammering was the cat playing with her toy pots & pans.
I decided that my jeans came out well enough to merit a label.
Thank you, Monthly Stitch, for finally pushing me into finishing these jeans! I love them & will definitely be making more!
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