Hey, it’s me again! I needed a little break and my creativity went awol for a while, but today I’m back and sharing my new DIY grey jeans and some thoughts about enjoying the creative process (more on that later)
But first, my new jeans… I bought my grey denim last year I think, or was it the year before?? Anyhoo, it’s from Sherwoods Fabrics. They have a pretty good range of denim and similar twills and canvases (as well as a ton of other types of fabric). I recently bought some cream canvas-type fabric for a jacket but they state 7-14 days to despatch, I have no idea why it should take so long when other fabric businesses are getting stuff sent out fast even with the pandemic going on, so if you decide to buy, bear that in mind.
DIY Grey Jeans Using My Basic Block
My starting point was the same trouser/pant pattern (my block) that I worked on for this previous post. It was pretty easy to create the look of jeans with a few adaptations, however, there are no bells and whistles like rivets and metal buttons etc.
First up, was to make some front hip pockets. I literally drew a curved pocket shape free-hand and then added a seam allowance. A piece of facing was made for this curve and also the extra hip section that goes to the side seam and aptly down behind the pocket opening. Next, I found some scraps of spotted cotton fabric to make pocket bags. Here’s a couple of photos ‘cos a picture paints a thousand words, and all that… 🙂
After doing the pockets I did the fly front zipper and used a bit more spotty fabric for the zip guard. Then I moved onto the back pockets and I even did a bit of decorative stitching on them (not a terribly exciting design, however!).
The rest went pretty smoothly, except when I tried them on I wasn’t overly pleased with a weird wrinkle on the left leg at the back thigh and realised the back outer leg seam had somehow got pushed uphill as I’d stitched so I unpicked it, eased it back down and it looked much better.
I’m quite pleased with the final result. They’re not a skinny fit, more of a straight leg so some wrinkling is unavoidable as I move and they’re comfy too, if a teensy bit long in the crotch depth….
And those musings I mentioned in my post title? Well, here’s the thing…Making jeans makes me feel irritable! I didn’t have too many problems with the making process itself, but did I enjoy it? No, not really. Which got me thinking…
Even though I wear jeans a lot, I don’t think I should be bound to the idea of a 100% memade wardrobe. I mean, there was a time when I swore off the idea of making bras but having tried it out recently, I’ve found out that I actually enjoy it, so I’ve proved myself wrong about that, but jeans? I think in all honesty, I’ll probably go back to buying RTW ones, even if I do sometimes need to do an alteration of two on them…
Life is too short to make things that we don’t enjoy doing. Would you agree? Tell me your thoughts in the comments.
And on that note, I’ll finish up and say see you soon. Take care x
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