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Matching fabric color when you run short
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Date: 7/31/13 5:24 PM

I did it. Ran 3/4 yard short of 12oz. denim on pair of jeans. Took sample of fabric to store, looked same to me. Brought home, washed & finished jeans. left side back leg different shade. Can they be saved or do I have another pair of work jeans?. Best job I've done so far on jeans. Hate this.

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Date: 7/31/13 6:47 PM

Ugh! That is a terrible fear of mine.

Maybe you could get it to even out with some fabric dye?

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Date: 8/1/13 0:31 AM

Embroider something on it and it will look like you planned it. I hate when that happens!
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Date: 8/1/13 0:48 AM

Been there. Done that. If the difference is pretty obvious you can either resew the back left if you can find the right fabric. Or you can resew the back right so the back matches. Both of these require extensive work. If you're ok with wearing them as-is, I'd say that's your best option. As sewers we notice a lot more "imperfections" than the average person. Others might not even notice that there's a difference.

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Date: 8/1/13 8:02 AM

I say wear them with pride, the difference can't be this obvious!

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Date: 8/1/13 9:45 AM

I like the dye suggestion. Another option (perhaps in addition to dying) is bleaching them. Particularly if you bleach them unevenly, then any tone difference is just part of the style.

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Date: 8/1/13 10:05 AM

If you're a beginner (as it says under your user name) and you're already sewing jeans successfully, I'd say you're already ahead of the game, even if this does become a pair of work jeans or jeans for hanging out in around the house.

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Date: 8/1/13 1:05 PM

Rit dye remover and then wash them with an extra dark pair of jeans to see if the newly made jeans pick-up the excess color.

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Date: 8/1/13 1:10 PM

I'd dye them, or leave them.

I don't make jeans, but I recently bought a fairly expensive pair that had one leg a different color then the other, the pockets were a third and the fly was a 4th color. I was upset, but no one (other then my mom that sews) really noticed it.

To me, it was screaming 4 shades! And one of them was a super dark, the lightest was a good 10 shades lighter.
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Date: 8/1/13 1:22 PM

Would it help to distress them? Does that date me? Does anyone distress jeans anymore?
-- Edited on 8/1/13 1:23 PM --

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