I made these white jeans a few weeks ago when our UK weather was still grotty. And it was only recently that I wanted to wear them when I realised I should have blogged about them. Oh well better late than never eh?
I call them jeans, but I wouldn’t really say that they have all the typical jeans features, so perhaps they are just denim trousers….buuut…whatever they are I thought I’d share some of my making techniques with you, which are somewhat different to the norm.
So the fabric I used is a light-ish weight denim with a bit of stretch from My Fabrics. I will say that I’m not totally smitten with the quality. It just feels as though it could lose it’s stretch easily and could do with being a tiny bit thicker. I have another pair of jeans that I find too thick and stiff, so something in-between would be ideal. Actually, if any of you know where to find a good quality, but not as-stiff-as-a-board, cream or white denim with some stretch then do please let me know in the comments. Anyway, back to these jeans…well I used my basic trouser pattern, which I use for all of my trousers and and added the features that I wanted. Originally, I made my pattern by taking one from a combination of an old pair of RTW jeans and a pair of firmly woven RTW ponte trousers that seemed to fit me well in the rise and crotch curve. I now use that pattern for all of my trousers and just change up the style for different looks.
I wanted pockets on my jean/trousers, but I really didn’t want lots of bulk so my solution was to only use a single layer for the pocket bag. Using the pattern piece for the pocket from McCalls 7445 I marked my pocket shape and cut a fairly narrow facing to match (note that I lowered the position of the pocket…I now wish I had moved it back up a little more…oh well!)…So I stitched on the facing, making sure to slash well into the corner…a little tip I use is to add a tiny dab of Fray Check in the corner to stabilise the corner…I then turned it over and under-stitched and topstitched. The next thing I did was to cut one layer of fabric for each pocket in the shape of a pocket bag and overlocked all around the edge. Finally I simply placed it behind the pocket edge and stitched it in position.
Cut pocket opening Trim and slash to the corner, then understitch/topstitch Pocket bag on the inside Finished pocket
I did a low bulk method for my waistband too. I just used the top edge shape of my jeans waist and cut a facing shape for both back and fronts. I interfaced it and instead of sewing it so that it was a standard inside facing, it became a waistband by being on the outside. I stitched it with right side of waistband to wrong side of jeans and folded it to the outside. It was finished off with a row of understitching and topstitching.
Inside of waistband Back pocket
To finish off my jean trousers I added a couple of patch pockets and just machined up the hems. I’d decided on a length which is cropped and the hem width not to narrow so they won’t get stuck on my calves when I sit and stand, plus they’ll look nice and Summery showing a bit of ankle. I’m quite liking this easy pocket/band method and in fact I’ve already got some pale grey stretch twill cut out in the same style. I think they’ll prove to be a pretty useful wardrobe addition.
Thanks for reading, my sewing friends…see you next time.
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They look great! I’d love to make a white pair of jeans but would most likely spill something on them, before too long 😩
Thanks Anna! Well there is always that risk with white…Mind you, I seem to have been quite lucky when ever I’ve worn some….however I’m really good at getting bleach splashes on ordinary blue jeans though 😕
These are great ideas for the pocket and waistband! Thanks for sharing!
Great! I’m pleased that you like the ideas Sharan. Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet 🙂
Love these! Great idea with the pockets and the waistband/facing idea is 👌🏻 – love your blog! I seriously learn stuff! Xxx
Aww thanks Sarah, that’s really kind of you to say that. Xx
Beautiful job! These pants look on you perfectly. Bravo!
Thank you so much Eli!
They are really lovely, the pockets are such a good idea and have worked really well.
Thanks Lets get sewing, it was the first time I tried thus tyoe of pocket and I’m pleased with how they worked.
I really like the slightly flared ankle and the pocket finish. I must keep it in mind for next summer.
Thanks Andrea, I’ve been trying the slight flared cropped look lately and decided that I like it too. Glad you enjoyed my pocket method.
they’re fab, absolutely love those pockets
Ooh good I’m glad you like the pocket idea Monika. Thanks for stopping by for a read x