Friday, October 14, 2016

Jalie 2908 sewing jeans!

Jeans! The leaves are turning and it's getting chilly, which always makes me want to sew jeans and jackets.
Jeans were a real wardrobe need too, so it worked out to my advantage. Basics like a good pair of dark wash jeans are always useful!
Of course, the pattern is Jalie 2908. I think this is the 9th pair I've made, so I've tweaked the pattern so many different times that I'm not sure Emelie would recognize it if she saw it!
This time, I altered the hip curve by about 1/4 inch. Not a major change, but I like the feel better. Definitely more comfortable. The fabric is a Ralph Lauren stretch denim from Mood. It has cool crosshatch threads running all through it that gives the jeans an interesting look.
I did all the topstitching with embroidery thread instead of jeans topstitching thread. I really like the look! I little more subtle than jeans thread, but with more shine. I chose the color (University of Texas orange) to match my pocket embroidery. It's pretty close to the classic jeans gold.
Of course, the pockets are the best part! I went with a vintage sewing theme. Both designs are from Embroidery Library. They were fun to stitch out, except for the flowers. I chose a tweed rayon thread for the flowers, and it was super finicky. I had to stitch out the flowers at a snail's pace with thread conditioner and still got quite a bit of breakage. In the end though, I love the result. The roses have a lovely depth of color.
Yay for my new favorite jeans! I could definitely use another pair in the rotation, but I've a few other projects on the backburner first. Lots to do!

14 comments:

  1. Wow, you really have the fit of the Jalie jeans down pat.
    Cute t-shirt too!

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  2. The fabric is gorgeous, the threads give it a really interesting look. How long does it take you to make a pair of jeans now Katie?

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  3. What a great make. The pockets are the eye catcher of this jeans. they make the jeans one of a kind.

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  4. They look great. I love that denim.... great pockets. I bet that takes ages regardless of trouble with thread.

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  5. Those designs were pretty time consuming. The machine estimated 93 minutes when it was stitching quickly, but of course that doesn't take thread changes into account. I think in the end each pocket took about 3 hours. But the embroidery machine did most of the work, so I could do other things while she was stitching. It's a great multitasker!

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  6. You know, I'm honestly not sure. It's rare that I get to sit down and just sew without interruptions. If I had to guess I would say around 6-8 hours of continuous work, not including the pocket embroidery, and depending on how much topstitching I decided to do.

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  7. Thanks. I don't feel so bad now!

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  8. Wow! Great pocket design! and that ralph lauren fabric looks very luxurios

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  9. I LOVE these!! And those pockets...*drool* You're almost making me covet an embroidery machine. Almost. ;-)

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  10. Those jeans look fabulous on you, you are so beautiful and "exotic" looking! Lucky you! LOL! Seriously, you did a great job on the fit and the length and style are perfect for you. Great idea on the embroidery pocket details, really makes a custom-look for your jeans.

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