Have you been following the Fabric Mart Challenge? If yes, then you already know that I finished in 2nd place and won a $100 gift certificate to Fabric Mart! These Mimi G jeans for Simplicity 8222 pattern helped me snag a top spot in the contest. I’ve been wearing these jeans almost every day for a whole week. To learn more about my process and the cool leather patch I made, read on.
I love these jeans! They’re actually the second pair I’ve made but the only first pair that are a true success. You can see my first pair here. The first time I struggled with the fly front and waistband. Shout out to my friend Judith for sharing with me the Baste and Gather front fly tutorial, which was a lifesaver. I figured out what I did wrong. When I first inserted the zip, I used up all of the seam allowance on the right side of the front pant. Make sense? So basically the left leg did not overlap the right to create the fly front. I know that sounds confusing, but basically when you first stitch the zipper into place do not use up all of the seam allowance on that side or you will not have the proper overlap.
I cut a size 16 throughout. I lost a little room in the butt, though, because when I was stitching the back pant legs together I used my serger without basting first and the topstitching did not line up. I couldn’t have that, so I cut off the serged edges, basted the topstitching in place, and then went back to my serger. Unfortunately, that cost me a little room in the back so this baby is snug.
The other thing to bear in mind is that once you add the waistband, that’s going to really cinch everything in. I think my jeans are maybe one size smaller than I’d like, but as long as I don’t sit down they look hot as hell on me
Be sure to select denim with a bit of stretch, at least 2-5% spandex. The extra stretch really helps you to perfect the fit. I would be in big trouble if these jeans did not have any stretch.
To add that “extra something” for the competition, I created a custom leather tag imprinted with “See Carmen Sew.”
To make the tag, I designed the text using a font software. My boyfriend is a hobbyist machiner, so he programmed the text into his CNC machine, which then cut out the text in a piece of metal (bottom left photo). Then we took the stamp and leather (purchased from Michael’s) and went to our local Makerspace where we are members (a membership grants you access to all of the machinery). Using a very strong press, I pressed the stamp into the piece of leather, which left a permanent imprint. To give the leather tag a more vintage look, I wiped a little dark stain into it. Then I attached the tag to the back of my jeans using my leftover rivets.
Pretty nifty, huh? I love the way it turned out.
All in all I’m super proud of these jeans. Jeans are no-joke. They’re hard as hell and time consuming, especially because you have to switch from regular thread to topstitching thread every ten minutes. But now I have the confidence to know that I can sew my own pair of jeans and achieve a great fit.
What about you? Have you tried jeans yet? I’d love to see your version! Post a link in the comments below.