Exciting to announce our Ginger Jean Sew Along. This has been one of our more anticipated sew alongs. I have trouble just trying jeans on, such a hassle. Making them can be a bit intimidating and that’s why we have Rhonda here to guide you along the way. Be sure to leave any comments if you’re having any trouble. This sew along first appeared in the Oct/Nov 2016 issue of Sew News and we love the styling that was done for it. So, let’s get started!
Jeans have become a staple of almost everyone’s wardrobe. Be it young, old, male or female, we love to wear jeans. They can be dressed up or down depending on the style and wash of the fabric. But, and there is a very big but…shopping for jeans can be a nightmare!!! A great alternative to wasting countless hours shopping and trying on jeans is to make your own, and the perfect pattern is the Ginger Jeans pattern from Closet Case Files.
The pattern includes 2 styles, a comfortable low-rise with a straight leg, and a high-waisted version with skinny legs. With the low-rise version, the emphasis is truly on comfortable as this is not a jean that you will be tugging at because it sits too low on your hips.
The high-waisted version is not the “mom” jean of old. This is a sexy jean that was engineered to be as flattering, and slimming as possible. It features a tummy slimming pocket stay that wears like a dream.
The jeans also feature a back pocket with a subtle curve that beautifully accents the natural curve of the body.
Whether you choose the low-rise, or the high-waisted style, keep in mind that this jean was designed for stretch denim. A denim without stretch will render a jean that is far too small. And even if you could get into them, they would be terribly uncomfortable. So when choosing your denim, be sure to choose a denim with at least 2% lycra. Lightweight denim is not suitable for View A.
There are so many denim options on the market. You can find everything from a deep wash, to something with a pattern. But as stated above, just be sure that your fabric choice includes at least 2% lycra. Also note that this pattern was not designed for a knit.
I found the pattern to be very true to size. Below is the size and fabric guide.
- *Denim Zipper
- *Top Stitching Thread
- *Regular Weight Thread
- *Fusible Interfacing
- *Denim Needles
- *Marking Tool
- *Hammer and Nail
- *Denim Rivets (optional)
Be sure to purchase a needle that was formulated for denim fabrics. It does make a difference.
Dual Duty makes a wonderful thread that was made specifically for top stitching jeans. The thread is a little thicker that Heavy Weight thread. Be sure to purchase a regular weight thread for the bobbin.
You can now find jean zippers in navy, black and a lighter denim color. Since the effort is being made to make a fabulous pair of jeans, don’t skimp and buy a dress weight zipper.
Jean buttons can also be purchased in various colors.
Jean buttons are a no sew button. The backing actually has threads and will screw into the button.
If by chance you feel uncomfortable about sewing a buttonhole into your jeans, you can opt for a snap.
If you do decide to use a snap, be sure that it is a heavy duty snap. Just realize that a snap will not hold as securely as a button.
Now that you have the skinny on the jeans, pop over to Shop Sew It All and pick up your pattern. It’s a wonderful pattern that renders a great pair of jeans. And even better, they are so much fun to put together!
Until next time…
Find the whole Ginger Jean series here!