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Date: 3/15/09 3:14 PM

When Jalie launched their new patterns a few days ago, I know several people bought their new jean pattern (including me). The new patterns will ship March 24th so we should have our new patterns by the first week-ish of April. I'm thinking we can use March to gather materials and get mentally prepared to fit a pair of pants (eek!). I'm no fitting expert but between all of us, I think we can get things to fit. What do you guys think?

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Jeans Pattern
I'm doing the Jalie one but Burda has some good options too.

Denim
I'm going to use stretch denim I bought from Fabric.com. They still have some if you need to buy it. Denim on Fabric.com

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Topstitching thread
There are a lot of options and we can talk about all the pros and cons. Certain threads are pretty but a pain in the butt.

Jean Style Snaps
I use the Dritz Dungaree Buttons and they work great for jeans.

Rivets
I've never used them and I don't know a source for them.

Interfacing
You'll need to interface the waistband. I use Whisper Weft on most things and I'll probably be using it for these jeans too.

Zipper
I usually use a regular Coats plastic coil zipper even though your standard jeans have a metal zipper. Jalie recommends an 8" zipper for the adult sizes but you can always cut down a too big zipper.

Odds and Ends
You'll need fabric for pockets. I usually use a cute quilting cotton. You want something thin to avoid extra bulk. Also, I couldn't do jeans without my topstitching and edge stitching feet. They make topstitching a piece of cake.

Am I missing anything?

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Date: 3/15/09 3:20 PM

I'm going to cheat. Since the new pants pattern uses the same draft as the jeans, I'm going to make something sort of trouser-jean-ish, with minimal details. Gosh, I just freakin' amaze myself with my command of the English language....

BTW - a woven pocketing might be something to include on the shopping list.
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Date: 3/15/09 3:54 PM

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A zipper.

Big jeans needles (110s or 120s).

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Date: 3/15/09 4:00 PM

Oh, yea. Tee hee. Zippers! I'll add that up above.

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Date: 3/15/09 5:58 PM

I bought that pattern today! I'm in. I have everything I need in my stash already.

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Date: 3/15/09 8:20 PM

This sounds great. I've just started sewing again and have made trousers before but never tried jeans. The 2 patterns I have are Vogue 1034 Today's Fit Jeans by Sandra Betzina and McCalls 5142 Classic Fit jean by Palmer & Pletsch. I've also been reading Pants For Real People that has suggestions for fitting jeans, including a picture showing the difference between jeans using stretch fabric versus non-stretch and an explanation of the differences in ease etc.

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Date: 3/15/09 9:25 PM

I'd love to join the sew-along but I don't think I'm quite there yet. I'm struggling through the muslin process with my jeans pattern and I'll have to do at least one muslin and probably two (or more) before the pattern is right.

I've lost count of the muslins I've done so far. I think it's 7. *sigh*

So I'll watch the sew-along with interest but probably won't participate. I have sewn many pairs of jeans so I might chime in occasionally even though I'm not actually sewing.

Good luck with your jeans, everybody!

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Date: 3/15/09 10:02 PM

Ok, I'm going to give it a shot! I'll gather up stuff and get ready to join you!

Thanks,
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Date: 3/16/09 0:00 AM

I'd like to join in the jeans sew along. I've just ordered my jalie jeans pattern. It should be fun.
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Date: 3/16/09 0:53 AM

My insight on some essential supplies. A lot of my tips are price motivated and that's because I sew tons of jeans. If you're only going to make one or two pairs then you're obviously not going to buy rivets in bulk!

My rule with denim is not to pay more then $6 a yard. 5 yards should make three pairs of jeans. The stiffer it is the easier it is to sew, raw unwashed denim is easiest, then pre-washed, stretch is hardest because it doesn't crease as well with the iron. I use ample starch to stiffen soft denim and I have no problem gluing fabric together before I sew it.

Rivets, if you're just looking for a few then you can find them on ebay sometimes and they're expensive. My favorite source is www.grommetmart.com . They are happy to send you samples if you pay for shipping and they also carry the jeans buttons. However everything they sell is in 100 count. Certain kinds work better then others for the hammer technique and we can get into details about all that for sure. The jeans buttons you can find at the fabric store are fine as long as the tack has grooves on it to hold it in the button shaft, I find the smooth tack will work itself out and leave you... pulling your pants up! I've even ordered jeans buttons out of Hong Kong through ebay and been happy with those as well.

Thread is super important to the finished look. Easy to find is Dual Duty XP Heavy thread, it comes in nice colors and is smooth. It seems cheap until you realize one pair uses almost an entire spool and comes out to 1.5 cents a yard. If you search on ebay for heavy denim thread you will find a seller who sells thread in three packs for $6.95 shipping included, that comes out to less then half a cent per yard! It's not the same quality as the dual duty, it's fuzzier and seems to melt under lower iron temps but it's much more affordable and still very durable. This seller will even set up custom auctions if you want one of each color, ect.

I use a 110/18 Jeans needle with this thread, I used to use a 100/16 and on really thick areas, say with 8+ layers of denim the thread and needle would actually get stuck and cut the thread when I finally worked the needle back up. That's a pain. I also buy my needles on ebay, surprise surprise!

I concur on the top stitching and edge stitching feet. I tried one of those adjustable feet with the plastic guide and it didn't work as well, plus I had to adjust it back and forth all the time. If you want the easy way to get your stitching to look professional then the top and edge guide feet are the key. I sourced mine on ebay and while not cheap, with combined shipping it was a better price then anywhere else. All that being said, you can get by without these feet if you have a steady hand and plenty of practice.

With zippers I found that you want it to lock so you're not always pulling your zipper up. I learned this the hard way and have a pair of jeans with an awesome chunky metal zipper that I won't wear because the zipper is always down.

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