Monday, May 30, 2011

Project #12 – Jeans: Burda 02-2007-129

Not only has DD#2 recently graduated, but this week I also began a new job! I’m still sitting in front of a computer for most of my day, but the dress code is decidedly more relaxed and wearing jeans to the office is an option I’m looking forward to.

I sewed this pair, little by little, over the past few days. And, as most always, I hadn’t a plan but sewed as I pleased at the moment. I like doing that. One thing though that I have been doing ahead of time is sewing belt loops. Using my rotary cutter, I turn scraps into one inch strips and run them through the belt loop folder on the coverstitch. I use what I need, then put the rest in the drawer for next time. That has been a great time saver. Also, by the time I’m ready for belt loops I’m anxious for the project to be completed. It’s a mental thing…

I was reading someone’s blog a few nights ago and they mentioned the Russian pattern company, Lekala. Up till now, I’ve not paid much attention to it. When I visited, they were offering, for free, all women’s size 44 sewing patterns. I wear a size 44 so you know I downloaded several. There is a good chance that I won’t actually sew all of the patterns as many were downloaded because of a pocket or collar that caught my eye, not necessarily because I liked the garment. I will make an effort and print out one of the pants patterns soon and compare it to one that fits. If it is horrible, I may delete the whole lot but I’m really hoping they work.

To dip my toe in the water, I included a Lekala back pocket and flap (from Lekala 5468) onto my Burda 02-2007-129 jeans.

I didn’t convert the back darts to a yoke this time. Instead of making the darts go away, I topstitched them. I also didn’t think to reinforce the pocket flap area prior to sewing the flaps down so I applied rivets. I bet you think I just wanted to play with the rivet press...

Burda 02-2007-129

With this project, I’ve finally started a file of pocket patterns. I’m placing copies of my favorites in the file so I have quick access. This way I’ll have an array of choices without having to dig through pattern envelopes. Change the pocket on a garment pattern and it ends up looking totally different.

I don’t know how to get more consistent colors of out my camera. Eventually, I need to figure that out. The color of the denim in the scrap basket is what the denim really looks like. Trust me, it isn’t grey!

The Burda pants have been working out so well, I really should give the Burda shirt/tops patterns a try…

Make it a wonderful week!


  1. I can't believe how good you are sewing jeans! It's something I am afraid to even try. I always think that my sewing machine wouldn't be able to handle the thickness. What kind of sewing machine do you use?

  2. Karin, I have a Bernina 930 Record. It was made somewhere in the late 70s/early 80s and is a tank. With the right needle (Schmetz Jeans/Denim size 16), it handles the denim (for the most part) without complaint.

  3. Those jeans look so good. I will steel your pocket tip. Thank you, this is such a good idea. I want a rivet tool like yours. I am so very jealous. Have a great week as well !

  4. Great jeans! They look very nice and professional. Good job! Interesting rivit tool.