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Date: 5/27/13 2:57 PM

Ive resisted the idea of trying to sew jeans for myself because I worry about them looking home sewn. I see the jeans that PR members make, and while they are beautifully sewn, they still look home sewn to me. I believe this is because they don't have the current washes found in RTW. Does anyone know how to replicate these?

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Date: 5/27/13 3:23 PM

You could Google search for jeans distressing tutorials. I also think something that helps give a more RTW look is using hardware (rivets and tack buttons) and that thick topstitching thread.

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Date: 5/27/13 4:16 PM

This sounds like something a person would need to practice on old jeans. It would be easy to ruin a pair.

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Date: 5/27/13 4:29 PM

There are a lot of jeans in dark washes, which is readily available. Study jeans in stores and online and you'll see that most of the high end jeans are very simple in detail. I made a pair of jeans recently that passed muster with my 27 year old dd. They sometimes have rivets, always a tack button and thick topstitching thread. Fit is everything and most jeans are either skinny or have a straight narrow leg. There are jeans that are distressed and if you search the internet you'll find information on how to do it. Personally I am too old for ripped jeans and I hate whiskering, but if that is what you like then I am sure you can accomplish it. Quality denim is also part of the equation. I have found that Mood sells quite a lot of denim that is high quality and the right weight. Order samples because descriptions are sometimes difficult to interpret. There was an interesting post on a blog this morning about sewing more like rtw. The blogger had bought thrift store items and taken them apart to figure out how to better copy rtw techniques. You can't do it exactly like rtw because you don't have the specialized industrial machines used to make jeans, even in a small shop. But, you can come pretty close.
Look at rtw, not what other home sewers have done to find a better way to sew jeans.

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Date: 5/27/13 4:34 PM

I have been using the Connie Crawford jeans pattern for years now. It's not as involved as some. I've not posted any of mine yet, but will before long. I also use that pattern to make capris. I agree, that for them to look "store bought", using all the metal do dads would help. I don't like the hardware on mine. I like to do top stitching. That can make or break a jeans look. Without it, they are just another pair of pants I've had people in total disbelief when I tell them I made mine. They are not all that, but the point is, they look good enough for folks to think they are RTW. I was looking at the Sunday ads yesterday and noticed in one, a model wearing a pair of what looked like denim capris made from a Jeans pattern. You should have seen the extra fabric at the bottom of the zipper, going all the way across the top of her legs. Even RTW has it's ugly. Dive right in there and give it a try.

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Date: 5/28/13 7:08 AM

I was raised with my Mom telling me to " Be an engine, not a caboose". I am of the age that I do not like the ripped jeans. I prefer the darker color as it fades over time. I prefer the lighter jean material here in the tropical South. Make what YOU like and are comfortable wearing. You may be the "tipping" point of a new style.

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Date: 5/28/13 7:32 AM

You can sand the hems with sand paper and they look a lot like the RTW jeans hems.

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Date: 5/28/13 10:35 AM

You won't know for sure unless you give it a try.

You can streak with Rit dye remover or not.

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Date: 5/28/13 11:04 AM

I grew up on a ranch, and old, torn, faded jeans were something you used for work only. They were never to worn in town unless you were picking up a load of feed or something.

The funniest washed ones I have ever seen in my life are those DH and I have seen in Europe during our current trip: They are faded and abraded on the back thigh, which never gets sun exposure or wear in people who wear jeans for actual work.

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Date: 5/28/13 11:27 AM

I made some jeans a while back, and I found that looking RTW has a lot to do with fit and the detailing. To get the fit right, I used the Kenneth D. King Jeanius class to copy a pair of RTW jeans I liked. As I was making them up, I keep looking at my RTW Jeans to guide me for topstitching and other construction.

I made no attempt to distress my jeans, as another commenter pointed out, most high-end jeans that I see are more raw denim / selvage jeans rather than having any distressing at all. But if you want to distress, Angela Wolf recently did a great podcast with Thread Cult where she discussed her methods.

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