Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ginger Jeans in Denim

Making your own jeans can be intimidating but I went for it using a Mood Fabrics' Theory Denim (sold out but here are many more to pick from - Mood Fabrics' Denim) and the Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns, which is named for Mood Sewing Network's own Ginger Makes

Mood Fabrics' stretch denim using Ginger Jeans pattern


  This denim pair is my third pair of pants from this pattern.  The first from a stretch twill from Mood Fabrics and the second from Mood Fabrics' black suede cotton.  Each time I changed a couple things on the pattern and this denim pair I feel is a good fit. One change was for the baggy seat, using this recommended alteration at Thread's Magazine and it really worked, no more baggy seat











    here I am standing straight for another view

Mood Fabrics' stretch denim using Ginger Jeans pattern



  A few more changes
  • Add 1" to the rise in the front, 1" in the back tapering to 1-1/2" at the center back
  • Pinched out a small dart a the front crotch area, tapering to nothing at the bottom zipper
  • Added a seam allowance to the center back at the waistband so I could angle the seam to fit closer to my waist.



    I always add length to my pants and with denim I add even more.  I don't know about you but it seems that denim always tends to shrink up and I don't want my jeans to get to short.  I am happy to have them a bit longer, just for security and other shoe choices, too!

Mood Fabrics' stretch denim using Ginger Jeans pattern


        Rivets, yes, that seems to be one item in jean sewing that just puts the jeans over the top and look so RTW, I have a stash of rivets but have not had the best success inserting them into my projects and getting them to stay.  Thanks to the great instructions included in the Ginger jeans, my rivets are perfectly installed and they are staying in my jeans.






  While we are looking at this close up of the front pocket and coin pocket, let's talk topstitching.  I saw this tip on Instagram thanks to Sarah from Grey's Fabric.  Instead of using topstitching thread, use regular construction thread and the triple stitch on your sewing machine.  I really wanted to use this bronze thread and I went with the triple stitch and I love the results. I am so happy with these new jeans and the slight changes I have made to the pattern.  Aren't we the luckiest people, we can change a pattern just a bit and sew up fabulous fabric to make a garment the is perfect for us.  I love to sew and I really am trying to learn more about fit and making the necessary adjustments to make a pattern and garment better. Happy sewing in 2015, I hope all your bobbins are full and all your garments are wonderful.  Here is to a great year of fabulous garments


Mood Fabrics' stretch denim using Ginger Jeans pattern


31 comments:

  1. These look like your best pair yet! Awesome work!

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    1. Thanks so much, l love them! Can't wait to make more.

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  2. They look great, Lori. Thanks for the link to the Threads baggy seat tutorial. I pinned it and will definitely refer to it many times in the future.

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    1. Thanks, Barbara, it is a good tutorial.

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  3. Awesome jeans Lori!

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    1. Thanks so much, Melissa.

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  4. They look like they were made you you! Lol ... They're great!

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    1. I love these jeans, Mary Sarah

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  5. Your jeans are very professional looking. I haven't tried the ginger pattern yet because I have had so much success with Jalie. I have been tempted though!

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    1. Thank you so much, the rivets really make such a difference.

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    2. And if you have good luck with Jalie, I sure wouldn't change!

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  6. You certainly have another fabulous garment to add to your collection. The jeans look great from fit to rivets to topstitching. I am sure that you are proud of them. Bet they get a lot of wear!

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    1. Thank you Rose, I am very, very happy with them.

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  7. Those jeans look like they fit you so well...great job! Rivets really help to make it look professional, too.

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  8. Great jeans with a great fit. They look so professional. Anne

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    1. Thanks, Anne, I am very happy with these.

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  9. I do the same thing at the CB of my waistbands, even with my RTW jeans. I don't want anything hanging out of my pants back there! I was in a quilt shop today and bought the iCase pattern you made. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    1. It is a good solution to keep modesty in check! Thanks so much. Have fun making your case, I really enjoyed mine.

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  10. Love these jeans, you got them to fit so well!

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    1. Thank you, I guess third time was a charm!

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  11. Jeans look great. I too have found the wonder of the triple stitch and it's my favourite method for top stitching

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    1. That triple stitch is so nice and no more thick topstitching thread.

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  12. Absolutely perfect! And thanks for sharing your fitting changes....and the triple stitch!

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    1. thanks, Patty, sewing is an adventure but so rewarding.

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  13. Thanks for the idea about the triple stitch. That topstitch thread on a stretch fabric can be a real jerk to work with. I'm going to try it out on my 5th pair of Gingers today. It's a wonderful pattern

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  14. Lori, these jeans really do look great on you. From what I have read, Heather Lou did a really good job with this pattern.

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  15. Professional look of your jeans. it is perfect for you. beautiful color and also this pattern.
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