Here are my back pockets sewn on!! yay! I used a twin jeans needle to stitch that curve...the design is copied from a pair of Eddie Bauer jeans I own.
Thanks again for your cheerleading support, I really appreciate it!
Here are some scenes from day 2 of the jeans:
I got stuck thinking about pocket ideas! Designers put their name all over their clothes, right? So why shouldn't I? One idea I had was to have my first name on one pocket, my middle name on the other. But Dana has too many curvy letters for me to do free form on my sewing machine (I don't have an embroidery machine) and I was also thinking it might make me look a bit childish... however the idea is still in my brain so I think my next pair *will* have my name on the pockets! I might even embroider it by hand....
It really reminds me of a childhood memory--going to Disney World and getting the white sailor hat embroidered with my name on it--in thick jean topstitching thread like this!
I was a little worried when I saw how much larger the back of the jeans are compared to the front!
but they seem to be fitting well so far.
I used a lot of new-to-me (and not so new) tools.
from top-ish to bottom:
- Angela Wolf clapper. Bonnie bought it at the ASE but got home and realized she already had a clapper. She sold it to me, yay! Not that I really know what I'm doing with it. From what I've read, you hit a seam with steam and then press the clapper on top to get a really nice finish? Yes? No?
- Wonder Tape: this holds a lot of stuff in place while sewing--like the back pockets! I'd never heard of it til Jennifer Stern's class at the ASE. It is pretty wonderful.
- Jeans topstitching thread: I'm in love.
- tailor's chalk in several colors: bought these at the ASE. SO much better than the chalk at Joann's b/c it's larger, you can hold it easily, it has a sharper edge and more colors!
- Edgestitching foot: In Jennifer's videos she shows how to use an edgestitching foot. I had never used one til the ASE but it is very useful for getting those 1/8 inch perfect topstitching seams (well as close to perfect as I can get for now!). I bought an assortment of feet this past summer off ebay and the topstitching foot happened to be one of those feet!
- Tracing wheel: honestly have not used one of these for a while but used it for tracing the pattern onto the pockets
- Jeans twin needle: To make that curve on the back pocket
- Hammer: to hammer thick seams so they go through the sewing machine easier. Truly works and is fun to hammer too!
p.s. to answer questions:
velosewer--Jennifer mentioned that having two machines makes the jeans construction faster, but I don't have a second machine, yet. (Those italics are foreshadowing...)
L--Yes! I want to sew a bunch of velveteen jeans and corduroy jeans.
LinB: You've got me thinking about that black/green/white floral and some cigarette pants!