I must be set on slow-mode or something. Once again, another sewing process has taken me longer than normal to complete. Honestly, how much time should it really take to sew four seams? Apparently adding an hour to the most conservative estimate should suffice. Yikes.
Okay, okay. Perhaps I'm being a little harsh. After all, I ceased sewing to try on the pants for fit. I also played around with the settings for the serpentine stitch to get the curve I wanted. But should this really have taken an hour?
In/out seams (80 minutes)
1. Since the front and back crotch seams are already sewn, the inseams can be sewn in one complete line from hem to hem.
2. The jeans are topstitched the same manner.
3. Once the inseams are topstitched, pin and sew the outseams. Press the side seams toward the back and topstitch to just below the front pocket. Since I can't see the front pocket, I use the back pocket as my guide. I think this line helps to add security to what can be a high-stress area. I don't know if this is true or not, though. Some RTW jeans have a straight line of topstitching while others have interesting designs. I opted to end the straight stitch with a serpentine stitch. On my last pair, I added a small lightning bolt to mimic the design on the back.
I've attached the belt loops and will post that part next.