Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Jeans - Upcoming Project
Shopping for blue jeans has been painful and most always, unsuccessful. Too long, too short, never quite right. And, price doesn't matter. $8.00 or $108.00. Fail. So, I am willing to try sewing them. Afterall, I do possess the workhorse Bernina 930 and it's jeans foot, #145, and the blind hemming foot, #016. I haven't used the jeans foot before. As for the blind hemming foot, I know that beautiful topstitching is but one of it's special talents. Will I need a flat fell foot? If I do, I don't have one. But, I bet eBay does.....
The jeans pattern frequently used, successfully, on the various sewing blogs is Jalie #2908. Though the pattern measurements would work for me, I already have the jeans pattern pictured above, McCall's #5894. This is a Palmer/Pletsch "Classic Fit" pattern. After looking at the measurements, I think I will start with size 18W. That "W" after the 18 means it should have a better chance of fitting me and therefore gets approval for testing.
I have a piece of denim that I purchased from Fabric.com a few months ago, but other items are needed, too. For notions, I ended up at Atlanta Thread & Supply Company. I ordered Levi gold topstitching thread, a few brass zippers, jeans buttons and last, but not least, jeans sewing machine needles. I didn't see jeans rivets on their site. This pattern doesn't include them, but if I had them, I would use them.
So far, I have spent $.99 for the pattern, about $12.00 for the denim and a few dollars for the notions. Not a huge investment. Especially, if it works. If it doesn't, uh, maybe I will have to purchase the Jalie pattern. Oh, I do have the Bernina My Label jeans pattern. Logic would say that I should start there.....
I haven't forgotton about the mock wrap t-shirt. I also need work on pants.