Patten Review Contest - JEANS!
Since I had a big pile of denim in my 'to-do' pile, I decided to make a pair of jeans for the PatternReview.com Jeans Contest. Otherwise I'd just keep sewing for myself and Tim would have no pants to wear....
My pattern is KwikSew 3504, which I have made several times before (as shorts, pants, and jeans), although each time has been a little different.
My fabric was a fantastic sturdy denim from Mood Fabrics, 62" wide, a bit stiff but it softened up after washing.
|Here we have a medium-weight, cotton denim in a dark denim color that is extremely dense. This fabric is rough and has a stiff/crisp drape. $7.99 / yard!|
- I lengthen the crotch depth by 1/2" on the front and back pieces.
- I shorten the back yoke 1" and raise the back (where it meets the yoke) 1" to compensate. After I made a pair of these as twill shorts, I noticed they perched off of Tim's butt in a weird way. I compared it to his favorite pair of RTW jeans and noticed the yoke piece was very large in comparison, so I adjusted it. It's probably fine if the wearer has DGS (diminished gluteal syndrome) like many men do, but Tim does not.
- This time, I put a seam in the back yoke pieces. The idea was to merge the waist and the butt, so it almost acts like a dart. Otherwise there is a lot of gaping at the waist. It ended up being about 3" total!
|This is the seamed yoke. It is pressed open and topstitched, but not with contrasting thread|
|These are Singer Jeans Buttons, easy to 'install', bring your own hammer|
|Soft flannel pockets|
|Topstitching! This was some serious topstitching thread I bought from Nancy's Notions. It almost was too thick for my topstitching needles. Notice the seamed yoke isn't very noticeable (which was the point!)|
|This denim really pressed beautifully, very crisp!|
|Back view - close up! I should mention another modification - he requested I move the pockets up a little higher. So they are placed where the 'S' pocket placement markings are.|
|Look at that waist! No gaping. Freedom to leave the house without a belt!|
|Cat view! Ringo heard we were outside taking pictures of our butts again and wanted in on the action.|