I made my first pair of jeans using Mimi G’s Simplicity Pattern #8222. I wouldn’t have had the courage to tackle this big project if it weren’t for her online sew-a-long. She breaks this project up into five easy-to-follow video tutorials. I’m psyched to say I made my own jeans and they don’t suck! They rival my favorite pair of jeans from Ann Taylor. After experiencing first-hand how much work goes into making just one pair of jeans I can understand why a great pair of jeans can easily be priced at over $100. Jeans are hard! But I did it! Read on for more about this project.
This is Mimi’s skinny jeans pattern.
The pattern includes jeans for three types of fit: Slim, Average, and Curvy. I went with average. The denim was purchased from Joann’s and it includes 3% spandex. I believe Mimi advises to pick a denim that has anywhere from 2 – 5% spandex. That bit of stretch will be your friend when it comes to perfecting the fit. Stretch is very forgiving.
Mimi suggested cutting out a size smaller than you normally would since the denim has stretch and you do not want your skinny jeans to look slouchy. For me, I cut out a size 16. Be extremely meticulous about transferring every single marking from the pattern piece to your fabric. Jeans are all about precision.
The project came together without too much difficulty. There’s no point in making a muslin because you really need to use denim to get any sort of idea on if your fit will be correct. You just have to take a leap of faith that the project will turn out! There is a lot of top-stitching involved so if by the time you’re done and your jeans don’t fit, that would be heartbreaking. Pay attention to the finished garment measurements printed on the pattern pieces themselves. And of course, it’s easier to pinch out fabric then it is to fix a pair of jeans that are too small.
Ultimately I am pleased with how these jeans turned out. The only issue I ran into was the front-fly zip and getting the waistband just right.
You can tell from this close-up photo that things are a little off. This is a pair of jeans that will go well with baggy sweaters to disguise the blemish across the front-fly zipp and button.
Everything else, though, looks pretty darn good.
Now that it’s October you know what that means! It’s Frocktober over at The Monthly Stitch. The challenge is to sew dresses for the month of October. Is anybody else playing along? I think I’ve settled on a dress pattern and I’m looking forward to getting started this weekend. What will you be sewing this month?