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Researching Jeans Patterns
When researching and choosing a jeans pattern, there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, try to let any feelings of intimidating go. Lots of people are making jeans nowadays, and
What silhouette are you looking for? Skinny, “boyfriend”, trouser, flared leg, bootcut, the possibilities are just about endless. I suggest reflecting back on a favorite pair of jeans that you’ve worn in your life and thinking about what silhouettes you loved or hated. If you have the time or inclination, you could go try some on in the store- but I know a lot of people sew because they hate that whole process- me included!
Remember that the term “jeans” can be interpreted in many ways, and we’re open to whatever you want to make! Jeans are generally made from denim or twill, a woven fabric with a “diagonal” weave. Sometimes there are stretchy fibers incorporated into these fabrics for comfort or to accommodate a certain style. Keep a lookout for our post on choosing fabrics next week!
What fabrics are required and what fabrics do you like to wear? If you choose a close-fitting pair of jeans like the Ginger Skinny Jeans, you’ll see that the fabric requirements list a stretch denim. This is necessary to achieve the “second skin” fit of the pattern.
If you choose a trouser-like pair of jeans, you might see that the fabric requirements list fabrics with no stretch. That’s because the pattern has been drafted with appropriate ease, so that you can move, sit, drive, etc. without relying on the stretch of the fabric to make you comfortable.
Normally, we tell you to follow the rules the first time you make a pattern, however, if you like the feel of a little spandex in your jeans, you could probably buy a “stretch woven” fabric for a pair of woven rousers or jeans that call for woven fabric and still get a good fit with the added benefit of easy laundering, less sagging at the knee and buttocks, and the comfort of having a bit of stretch to your pants!
Design and Technique Preferences
There are jeans with button flies and zipper flies, or jeans that pull on and have no closures! Jeans with “Moto” styling or jeans that have oversized pockets. Think about what you want to commit to sewing when choosing a pattern too! A pull on pair of jeans is going to take less time than mastering a button fly.
Pattern Company and Designer Preferences
Some people come to find that they love a certain designer or pattern company for whatever reason; excellent instructions and online support, a pattern block that fits their body well, clearly indicated finished garment measurements, ultra-cool design details. Whatever the reason, ask questions in the Self Sewn Wardrobe Facebook Group or online, or search instagram for pattern hashtags to see what these garments look like on other people.
These are some jeans patterns I’ve rounded up from around the web. Click through the links and see if there are any that strike your fancy!