Here is the final installment of the Ginger Jean Sew Along! Yay, you made it! And, now you have a wonderful pair of skinny jeans ( or you will shortly). If you haven’t started to sew the pant, when you start you can always refer to these sew alongs. They are short and helpful in creating the jeans of your dreams. Rhonda will now walk you through the last bit of stitching your jeans.
We all long for a pair of pants that we love to wear. That pair of pants that feels great on our bodies, and that no one can believe that we made. A pair of pants that are easy to care for, just throw in the washing machine and when they reappear, they look just as great as they did when they went into the machine. Seems like a fantasy, but that is exactly what the Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Files has been for me. Maybe they need to be renamed, Dream Jeans!!!
In our last post, we constructed flat-felled seams. Such a wonderful seam finish. Not only does it look wonderful on the outside of the garment, but it gives the smooth finish on the inside that makes the garment so comfortable to wear.
Now that our jeans are basically sewn together, we can add the finishing touches.
Begin with the belt loops. One edge of the belt loop will need to be finished. This can be done with a serger, but in the event that you don’t have a serger, a zigzag finish will be fine.
Fold the belt loop into thirds and press flat. As you can see below, the finished edge will be exposed on the back side of the loop.
Edge stitch each side of the loop band and then cut into equal 3 1/2″ sections. Set the loops aside for now.
Now for the waistband
If you are using a heavier weight of denim, the interfacing may not be necessary. I did not use interfacing in the waistband of the first pair of jeans that I made. But please note that whether you use a button, or a snap for your closure, you will need to back the closure area with a square of interfacing.
Sew the waistband to the jeans. Turn up the bottom edge of the waistband so that it is even with the sewn edge. Sew across the end of the waistband, and clip the seam allowance.
Before turning the waistband, clip the zipper so that it is even with the edge of the seam allowance.
Now turn and press the waistband.
I decided to make my stitching a little more prominent by doing 2 rows of stitching around the edge of the waistband as well as the belt loops. Truly just a design choice.
To stitch the loops to the jeans, find the notch placement. Above you see that the front loops are placed just to the edge of the front pockets. In the back, there should be a loop at center back and then approximately 2 more loops midway between the center and the side seam. Stitch down the loops and then back stitch over them a couple of times to be sure that they will be secure.
If you are a little uneasy about adding a buttonhole to your jeans, a nice alternative is a heavy duty snap. A snap works especially well if you will be wearing a belt with your jeans. But if you will not be wearing a belt, a button will be much more secure.
The jean button is a 2-piece button. The back of the button has a sharp point that you will push through the fabric and then push into the button. Please note that once the backing has been pushed into the button, you will not be able to remove the button without using a tool to break it away from the jeans.
If you would like to take your jeans 1 step further, you can add grommets. Please practice on a scrap piece of fabric before adding them to your jeans.
To insert the grommets, punch a hole through the jean with a nail.
Once the hole has been established, punch 1 side of the grommet through the hole and then place it into the hole of the opposite side of the grommet. Use a hammer to nail the 2 sides together. A metal surface will work best for nailing the 2 sides of the grommets together.
Placement of the grommets;
*The edge of the front pockets
*The outside edge of the coin pocket
*On either top edge of the back pockets
Now, I was wrong, the final step is to slip into your brand new pair of jeans and enjoy jean bliss!!!
I hope you’ve enjoyed making your Ginger Jeans as much as I have. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to end up with a closet full!!!
If you have not purchased a pattern, but now feel that you would like to give the jeans a try, you may purchase a pattern HERE at Shop Sew It All. This is one pattern that is well worth the investment as you’ll be making it again, and again, and again.
Until next time…
Find the whole Ginger Jean series here!