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Technical Help / Re: Taking in jeans jegs
« on: April 03, 2020, 12:42:01 PM »
Thanks all :D I like the idea of just doing the inseam as any dodgy stitching will be less on show. I'm guessing success will depend on making sure they hang right before cutting.

Possibly I'll want to reduce the width across the hips too to make the styling look right, which I guess will mean I'll have to work on the side seam. They're in the wash at the moment in case they shrink, so nothing will be happening imminently.

Technical Help / Taking in jeans jegs
« on: April 03, 2020, 10:17:03 AM »
I have some boyfriend jeans that are comfy on the waist, but I'd like to narrow the legs. Is it best to take in the inseam, the outside seam, or a bit of both depending on how they seem to line up with a pair of jeans with a fit I like? I've seen all three approaches suggested online.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Am I mad to want to attempt jeans?
« on: April 01, 2020, 19:27:00 PM »
I have an old pair of rtw yoga pants which use the cotton jersey fabric itself, folded over, for a waistband, no elastic. They do have ties but don't need them as they stay up all by themselves and are super comfortable.

Something like this I'm sure you'll find other similar patterns out there.

Myself I just make variations on the Style Arc Elle pant (some actually pass for jeans) but keep the elastic and waist comfortably relaxed.

Hmmm, you've got me thinking now - somewhere I spotted a guide for making a yoga waistband out of an old t shirt. I've got a couple of tight-fitting t shirts that I don't wear because I have to hold my tummy in... They're comfy though, so if I made a waistband from one of them and attached it to the leggings I cut the elastic off, it might just work...

Patterns Discussion / Re: Am I mad to want to attempt jeans?
« on: March 31, 2020, 18:18:21 PM »
Thanks Sewgorgeous - it wouldn't really work because when I'm working at home I'm also in 'relaxed' mode (the bra gets undone as well and I have to do it up quick if someone comes round). And 'dressing up' to go dog walking seems a bit silly!

It's partly a psychological thing - if we have people round I can sit on the same seat in 'proper' clothes, bra done up, and be perfectly comfortable. Then the moment they go, I have to go into comfort mode again.

I should also investigate making low-rise leggings - after all, my knickers are comfy, which is just as well really!

Patterns Discussion / Re: Am I mad to want to attempt jeans?
« on: March 31, 2020, 15:12:29 PM »
Thank you @Vezelay  :D

Patterns Discussion / Re: Am I mad to want to attempt jeans?
« on: March 31, 2020, 12:49:44 PM »
OK, I'm getting a plan together - which will be the Ginger Jeans.

Couple of questions:

1) The notions ask for topstitching thread and regular thread - is the difference simply the colour? I'm thinking of matching the thread as closely as possible to the colour of the fabric to hide any wonky stitching. Could anyone give me an idea of how much thread I'd need? I may already have some suitable but don't want to run out part way through.

2) The notions also mention a denim needle or heavy-duty needle. I'm thinking of this fabric: Would the bog standard (new) needles that came with my Juki be OK?

Patterns Discussion / Re: Am I mad to want to attempt jeans?
« on: March 31, 2020, 07:45:51 AM »
You could wear dungarees too, they don’t have to be tight round the waist at all.

Not with my bladder! I'm often having to pop behind bushes when walking the dog and I need it to be a swift operation!

I could wear braces, but belts work just as well as I can undo them when I sit down - but I'd still have to wear jeans that were far too big, and it's not a good look on a small frame. So being able to adapt a pattern so it's size 8/10 in the legs, 12 in the bum (to allow for comfort when sitting down) and 14 at the waist would be good. Ah well, by the time I've decided what to make I'll be able to move into dresses and bare legs.

I'm also thinking of taking in the legs of some baggy boyfriend jeans, using a pair of better-fitting ones as a guide. At least I'll have plenty to keep me occupied during lockdown... Knowing me, probably mostly unpicking!

Patterns Discussion / Re: Am I mad to want to attempt jeans?
« on: March 30, 2020, 20:53:20 PM »
I'm thinking about the Ginger Jeans pattern, as it seems to be very popular, the pattern comes with a detailed booklet of instructions, and there's fitting tutorials online... it's still scary though :S

Any suggestions for fabrics, please? The pattern asks for stretch denim, at least 2% lycra, and one view isn't suitable for very lightweight fabric. I'd want something as soft and stretchy as possible, but I'm guessing something as stretchy as legging fabric wouldn't work and would be even more challenging to sew. And of course right now, I'd have to buy online...

Patterns Discussion / Re: Am I mad to want to attempt jeans?
« on: March 30, 2020, 10:21:37 AM »
I had been thinking about elastic for most of the way round, but drawstring across the front... but again, if I don't have completely coherent instructions it would all go horrible wrong!

Meant to add, yes, I'm definitely a jeans person. I work from home and (usually) walk the dog twice a day, often involving mud, gorse, brambles, ticks... I only change in between walks if the mud is in danger of falling off my jeans and onto the carpet!

Patterns Discussion / Re: Am I mad to want to attempt jeans?
« on: March 30, 2020, 09:30:28 AM »
Don't be daunted, they are not as bad as they sound, if you can make trousers, you can make jeans 👍.

Well I made a pair of pjs... about 40 years ago!

Thanks all - I think I may give it a go. Pacing myself will be vital though - I'm impatient and am prone to being a 'sod it and bodge' sort of person :| I'll have to set myself a target of completing them within a month... or six... and limit myself to only doing one tiny bit a day. Like Day 1: Open pattern packet; Day 2: Stare blankly at instructions; Day 3: Thread sewing machine...

Patterns Discussion / Am I mad to want to attempt jeans?
« on: March 29, 2020, 19:08:49 PM »
Some may remember me posting a while back about my sensory issues causing problems with waistbands. Long story short, for me to be comfortable when relaxing, I need to waistband to be loose enough that my trousers fall off when I stand up. Elasticated waistbands aren't the answer, because they only stay up because they are putting slight pressure on my tummy. Dresses would be the answer if it wasn't for the fact that I don't find tights comfy either!

I've been playing with adapting the clothes I have, but I am the world's worst when it comes to going off piste, and I'm much better at following instructions, so I'm thinking about finding a pattern and making jeans/trousers from scratch. Fitting might be difficult as I'm never sure if I'll be comfy before I've totally slobbed out in them, and I'm also only 5' tall, but I'm thinking that I could compare the pattern pieces with a pair of my more comfortable jeans and let that guide me.

My ideal style would look like skinny jeans/jeggings, with a large waistband that could be pulled in tight with a belt when I'm out and about (OK, I'm not out and about much right now ;) ) and let out when I'm home. A zip would allow me to undo it when slobbing, but pull-up would work as long as there are belt loops, and as long as the waist didn't have to be so loose that it was horribly gathered when pulled in.

Fabric - I have problems with anything but the softest, or crispest fabrics - I have some jeans that make my legs feel as if I'm wearing a cheese grater before long. I'm wondering about denim jersey knit, but don't know if it would work with standard jeans patterns.

This is one of the patterns I've been looking at: Alternatively, jeggings with a drawstring in place of elastic might work, and I'd consider something looser, like this, as long as it didn't look like I was wearing pjs:

Soooo... if you didn't give up reading three paragraphs back - is there any chance that a pretty rubbish sewer could successfully make a pair of jeans, adjusting them for my peculiarities? (My mum says I've no hope - thanks Mum ><) And could anyone suggest any pattern/fabric combos that might work? 

Sewing Machines / Re: Janome MC4900 Thread catching
« on: February 16, 2020, 21:03:12 PM »
Is it definitely a compatible bobbin?

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Hello from Scotland
« on: February 16, 2020, 21:00:40 PM »
I told you it was friendly, @Button Nose - welcome from me too! <3

The Haberdashery / Re: Pins... and pincushions
« on: February 15, 2020, 14:13:49 PM »
Will silk pins still work if I'm working with denim?

The Haberdashery / Re: Pins... and pincushions
« on: February 15, 2020, 14:10:58 PM »
Thank you everyone :D I'm quite tempted by the Iris plastic-headed ones as the tin is so pretty! Knowing me I'll probably end up going for the cutest pincushion too...

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