Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Embroidered Ginger Jeans


Closet Case Patterns' Ginger jeans made in a light blue stretch denim from Style Maker Fabrics.  Embroidery elements from Urban Threads was added to front



Embroidered jeans are showing up in spring fashion  and I am jumping on that trend.  These jeans have been my project for a week and I am so pleased on how they turned out.  So be warned this post is photo overload!



Closet Case Patterns' Ginger jeans made in a light blue stretch denim from Style Maker Fabrics.  Embroidery elements from Urban Threads was added to front

My pattern is Closet Case Patterns' Ginger Jeans and I have made these jeans so many times and I like each of them but I love these.

Let's talk about this great denim, it has the perfect amount of stretch and I do think it is truly the first time I have made a  pair of Ginger Jeans with the right amount of stretch.  Unfortunately, I think this denim is sold out but Michelle has an entire category of denim and twill

The fit of the back is pretty good, I might try to fold out a bit of the pattern just below the butt, but all in all the fit is good.


Closet Case Patterns' Ginger jeans made in a light blue stretch denim from Style Maker Fabrics.  Embroidery elements from Urban Threads was added to front


With my first pair, I added an inch to the rise and made the waistband wider by sewing smaller seam allowances.  I have always liked this change but in the future I think I will return to the pattern seam allowance for the waistband.

Here is a close up of the front of the pants and the embroidery, which we will talk about in a bit.


Closet Case Patterns' Ginger jeans made in a light blue stretch denim from Style Maker Fabrics.  Embroidery elements from Urban Threads was added to front



One thing with this pair, I really worked on the fit.  I basted the seams, tried them on, then stitched the side seams.  The waistband was put on in stages and then I worked on the fit.  By adding that inch to the rise, I needed to really work on getting the waistband to fit.  I have changed the waistband to have a center back seam.  My center back seam is at a significant angle to get the waistband to fit me and not gap.  I finally got it right this time. I did interface the waistband with a non stretch fusible and that helps the fit, too
Closet Case Patterns' Ginger jeans made in a light blue stretch denim from Style Maker Fabrics.  Embroidery elements from Urban Threads was added to front


Oh yes, one more change, I tapered from the knee down to get more fitted look.

I don't love this top with my jeans but it was the best I had until I make another one or find one in RTW I like better.  I do have a top cut out in a peach fabric, so we will see.


Closet Case Patterns' Ginger jeans made in a light blue stretch denim from Style Maker Fabrics.  Embroidery elements from Urban Threads was added to front

Just before I hemmed the jeans, I tried them on one more time.  I had just a bit extra fabric at the lower hip, just below the side topstitching.  I took the jeans in about another 3/8" and tapered to nothing, this helped quite a bit.  Another change was to shorten the left pocket bag.  Since the jeans are tighter and a thinner stretch denim I could not get the pocket bottom not to show an imprint on my jeans.  I even used my pinking shears but that line was right there.  I made the pocket so short, the bottom fits at the bend of my hip.  No more show through.  The pocket under the embroidery is long but I think the embroidery helps to hide the line.


Closet Case Patterns' Ginger jeans made in a light blue stretch denim from Style Maker Fabrics.  Embroidery elements from Urban Threads was added to front

Now let's talk about the details and thanks for all the help through Instagram for the embroidery.  With your suggestions, I went with Urban Threads' Painted Poppies for the main design and added the Urban Threads' Cherry Blossoms to add more to the design.


Plus I liked how these two designs how very similar outline stitching.


I did some edits in my embroidery software and isolated parts of the two designs for the full design. Truthfully, this was the first time I really spent some time learning some of the features in the software.  I enjoyed it and I am sure I will be using it more often.  


I was going to put on rivets but changed my mind and went with one of the many different stitches on my machine.  I just used it on the coin pocket but isn't it fun?


To add more interest, I went with  two different colors of thread for all the topstitching.  The blue is a traditional constructing thread and the orange is a Sulky embroidery thread.  I used a triple stitch so the topstitching would be a bit more visible since I was not using thicker topstitching thread.



One more thing to point out - the construction thread it the one that is on the edge of all the pockets.  My thought was the Sulky was too thin to really hold the pockets into place.



Belt loop



Back pockets.




I am so very happy how these turned out and already planning more embroidery!

Closet Case Patterns' Ginger jeans made in a light blue stretch denim from Style Maker Fabrics.  Embroidery elements from Urban Threads was added to front



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18 comments:

  1. These are really cool! I like the two-color topstitching, especially what you did with the belt loops. Once I finish the button up shirt I'm working on, I think I need to cut out another pair of Ginger Jeans myself. I also like how your embroidery coordinates with your topstitching. Great jeans!!

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  2. Great fitting jeans! Love the embroidery. I have embroidered so many things over the years and then just stopped. Now I see it making a comeback and will have to get on the band wagon!!

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    1. Thanks and I am with you on the embroidery over years.

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  3. The jeans look great. What pattern is the top? I actually think it looks great with the jeans and I love the pattern.

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    1. The top is WHBM. Thanks so much.

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  4. These look awesome! Love the embroidery and the topstitching.

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    1. Thanks so much, they were so fun make.

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  5. Lori you have perfected Ginger jean making! Love these.

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    1. Thanks, Faye, I really love making them.

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  6. Perfect fit on your jeans. I wish mine could fit as nice. It's a struggle. I get that bagginess under the derriere and don't know how to fix it. I've tried Kenneth's adjustment but it didn't work. Oh well...just keep trying, right? I love the topstitching you did and the embroidery is beautiful. I happen to like the top you are wearing with the jeans. I think it coordinates quite nicely with the embroidery. Great job!

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    1. I am with you just going to keep working on the baggy! Thanks so much. I love the jeans

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  7. Fantastic job. The jeans look great on you and I love your choices in colour of denim and the embroidery.

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  8. Absolutely darling! and love them with the pink top. You look so cute!

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    1. They are so fun to make and I really enjoy making these.

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  9. What weight is the denim you used. I used 7 oz and think mine are too light weight but I don't know if my machine can handle a heavier denim. The jeans look great. I haven't tried the Ginger jeans yet. Mine are the Jalie pattern.

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  10. Jeans look great! I love how the embroidery turned out really nice I love it!

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