Thursday, February 20, 2014

Jamie Tidbits: Innards and Close-Ups

Told 'ya I'd get three posts out of this pair of jeans!

I know you guys like to see guts, so I took plenty of pictures for you, as well as some close-ups of construction.  I've got a bunch, and they're in no particular order, so I'll just caption each one.

back pockets

yoke and belt loop

front pocket, fly and belt loop

fly - not crazy about how my serging shows, but it's not visible when they're zipped

front - closed

shortened zipper and bar tacks from inside

full view to show shape - front

full view - back

pockets from inside

flowery pocket bags

front leg seaming





inside back

I had to take a chunk out of the waistband, so there's a seam under the belt loop at CB

waistband, belt loop and pocket

fly pinned closed to line up zipper for sewing

ready to sew zipper to inside of fly

topstitching marked on outside

I had to shorten a 7" zipper, so I had to fold it back while topstitching the fly

cake and coffee - an essential part of the jeans-sewing process

my first go at the fly was wonky, so I had to re-stitch

fly shield attached

double topstitched C-seam - wasn't as hard as I thought it would be!

So there you have it.  Next time I make these jeans, I doubt I'll have anything more to say except, "Hey, I made another pair of jeans!"

26 comments:

  1. The top stitching! The flowery pocket bags!

    *swoon*

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    1. I love that flowery fabric! Wish I'd bought more - it looks like Liberty, but it's just a cheapie from my local!

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  2. love the detail shots!

    p.s. i would take a sharpie to the pesky serger thread on the fly :)

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  3. I'm just so in awe of the fact that you MADE JEANS and they look so good on you!!

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  4. I am preparing to trace my first Jamie jeans. Your are getting me inspired to possibly skip breakfast to get started!

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    1. Oh no! Don't skip breakfast! I'm a big advocate of breakfast - I eat two every day!

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  5. Oh this is the best!! Beautiful work and such a treat to see it all up close :)

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  6. These look AMAZING! Thanks for showing the details! I think I figured out what I've been missing so far- cake!!

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    1. Oh yeah - if you're not eating cake, you're doing it wrong!

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  7. The cake pic was my fave :-) Seriously, though, your workmanship is so beautiful. That top stitching is outrageous. The whole thing (even with that tiny serger line on the fly - which simply makes you seem human!) is gorgeous. I'm sure you are going to wear these into the ground and feel great about yourself every time that you do.

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    1. It was quite delish! Hubby's favorite - he gets it every Valentine's Day and birthday :-) And thank you so much! I hope I do continue to feel fabulous when I wear these.

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  8. Wonderful tidbits in the VIP tour of your super cool jeans.

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    1. "The VIP tour of your . . . jeans!" Oh Stef!! That could be taken a whole other way, LOL!!!

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  9. How did you find the instructions for this pattern? I know the pattern drafting is supposed to be good, but I am a bit scared of the front fly and and seams/topstitching on a pair of 'real' jeans.

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    1. I found the instructions to be good. However, Shar put me onto a set of in-process photos for these jeans on Flickr that was really helpful: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jne4sl/collections/72157636374268835/

      The fly really wasn't difficult. This was my first time doing a fly front, and the instructions made sense to me. But you'll notice that I chose an almost-matching color for my topstitching! There are wonky bits, but it's not as noticeable because of the color of my thread! Also, I wasn't sure I wanted a yellow line down the front of my leg.

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  10. Those pockets bags are so pretty!

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    1. Thank you! I've used scraps of that fabric for so many different projects! I love it!

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  11. Lovely innards! Oh I yearn for an overlocker/serger!

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    1. It's a pretty great machine! I waited for years to buy one, and I'm so glad I finally did!

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  12. Thank you so much for all the detailed posts! I'm definitely using your tips as I sew :)

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    1. Really looking forward to seeing yours!

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  13. Your jeans have great "bones" he, he! Love the flowery pocket bags. To shorten the zipper, did you just cut away with scissors through the metal? (the visual makes me cringe).

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    1. Ah - great question! I should have been more specific about that!

      NO - I did not! Didn't want to ruin a pair of scissors on those metal zipper teeth! Instead I cut the tape as far as I could without cutting into the metal, then used an X-acto knife to finish cutting off in between the zipper teeth.

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