Thursday, 22 March 2012

Boyfriend Jeans - Get Ready

 I was chuffed when my Hot Patterns Boyfriend jeans pattern arrived  from USA and was dead keen to get started on the project.

 I thought if any of you are making these - or any jeans for that matter - you might like a very informal sew-along sort of thing. I will go through the following issues in the next few posts so I'd appreciate additional advice and comments form those of you more experienced than I:
  1. Denim prep
  2. Fitting nightmare
  3. Changes to Hot Patterns - cutting out the pockets and construction - 
  4. Fly zip
  5. Better construction method than Hot Patterns
  6. Waistband - Hot Patterns explained
Health Warning:
I disregarded the Hot Patterns instructions from about step 5 and moved to my own preferred construction procedure. I would like to point out that this is the way I make jeans and may not be the best, industry standard or any other recommended method available. It works for me - it might just work for you.

We may not look like this at the end of it - but at least you can say we tried!

This is my denim of choice for the project - a pin stripe blue. Should prove to be an interesting visual illusion.

Thanks for reading. Ruth


  1. Hey Ruth... one thing I've learned the hard way is that with denim, I wash on HOT and dry at the hottest temp on the dryer at least 3 times, unless you really like high waters!
    Have fun with this!
    Lynda Anderson

  2. For the easiest every fly front zipper, here's a Sandra Betzina video from Threads.

    I use this all the time and you can't go wrong! Have fun!

    1. Thanks Lynda, I've actually done both of the things you recommend - see, I'm learning.

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