That's eight pairs of Jalie 2908. Eight. What can I say? I love making and wearing jeans.
Currently, I only wear five of the eight because one pair stretched out so much that I can take them off without unzipping or unbuttoning. The other two are too small because...well...chocolate happens.
So I'm working on #9. This time around, I've decided to carefully document the time it takes to make one pair and photo the process as I go along. Oftentimes people ask me how long it takes to make them and I never have an answer. A few hours? A few days?
Prepping the Fabric (time not counted)
I always wash and dry my denim three times before I cut. I learned to do this after my first pair shrunk considerably after I made them. I like the hem of my jeans/pants to touch the top of my shoes. This pair shows way too much shoe.
I don't add any fabric softener or conditioners to the water. After the third drying session, I immediately remove the fabric from the dryer and iron out all of the wrinkles. I've found that leaving the fabric in the dryer causes some (most?) of the wrinkles to set.
I didn't time this part because I washed and dried over a couple of weeks. I try to combine loads as much as possible so I only handled the denim when I had something to wash.
Cutting Out the Pieces/Prepping Machines (33 minutes)
Since I've made this pattern so many times already, cutting out didn't take much time. The pieces are already prepared and altered to fit. I still have to cut out the pocket lining and interfacing. I'll add this in a separate section.
To sew jeans (or anything with topstitching), I set up three machines. I usually sew the seams first, serge them together, press the seam to one side, then add a double row of topstitching.
|older picture of machine set-up for jeans sewing|
That's all I have for now. I started designing the back pockets and will share those details in the next post. Currently I'm working on my last UFO (Vogue 8426) which I'm making in denim and including lots of topstitching. I hope to finish that soon, but I think I'm getting sick so we'll see how that goes.
Until next time, peace!