Tuesday, May 7, 2013

I made jeans*


 Well, sort of. They're more like trousers made of denim. See, I was going to buy some Freddies of Pinewood 1940s style jeans, but after checking the measurements I wasn't sure that they would fit me properly. I didn't want to spend over $100 on something that might not fit so I decided to make a pair instead.


I used Eva Dress T40-3322 and some non-stretch denim. Since I hate doing flat fell seams and top stitching, these jeans don't have either. They also don't have pockets or a fly front. In other words, I didn't do lots of the time-consuming parts that making jeans normally entails. Because I skipped all the hard parts, they were really quick and easy to sew. 


I made a couple of changes to the pattern; I took in the sides an inch and added belt loops because I feel naked without a belt. I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out. I still wear dresses most of the time, but it's nice to occasionally be more casual.   


Blouse: I made it
Cardigan: Op shopped
Belt: Op shopped
Jeans: I made them
Shoes: Op shopped

*...about six months ago. I just didn't get around to photographing them until now.

44 comments:

  1. Wow, you look fantastic. The jeans are gorgeous, especially the red buttons. I love this outfit, very landgirl. I've been after a cardigan in that colour green for ages xxx

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    1. Thanks! I do feel like a landgirl minus all the hard work. It's a great colour. I wear it all the time.

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  2. Wow you did a great job! I've been fiddling with this idea for a while. I love wearing skirts but in the winter months, jeans/trousers are more prudent and easier to move around in. This gives me more reason to try making my own pants.

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    1. Thanks! Trousers are actually pretty easy in terms of construction. I can sew a pair of trousers way faster than sewing a dress. You should definitely have a go.

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  3. Great job! I love the red buttons and how long your legs look! You are so clever! x

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    1. Thanks! The buttons were an op shopping find.

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  4. they look fantastic, I love the blouse as well

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  5. These are fantastic. You are so talented and just keep getting better and better. Well done! Xx

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  6. So cool! I have some freddies of pinewood and I love them but these are freaking adorable.

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    1. Thanks! I love the look of Freddies but just can't afford to spend that much and not have them fit.

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  7. These are stunning, Brodie, I love them! Vix is tight, your legs look a mile long in them, and the buttons and turn ups are gorgeous. Now even I would wear jeans if I had some like this. Are you going to make the dungarees from the pattern too? I think you would rock the land girl look! xxxx

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    1. Thanks, Curtise! I don't normally wear jeans either but I love these and my 1970s flares. I'm not sure. I've seen the dungarees made up and I love them on other people, I just don't know if they're me.

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  8. woah, I've never actually heard of anyone making jeans before. You just rocked my world!

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    1. You can make almost anything. I guess there's not much point in making jeans though, unless you want a style that's not easy to get.

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  9. Those are brilliant. I don't usually wear trousers, but I would wear those, they look relaxing. Love the button details on the sides. So cool that you made these :)) I hope your week is bliss xx

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    1. Thanks! I don't wear trousers often either. It's nice for a change sometimes though.

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  10. This shape is perfect for you- you look really sharp!

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  11. These are so so sweet but the button detailing on the side is what slays me, LOVE THOSE!

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    1. Thanks! I did buttons because I was too scared to attempt a proper jeans zip.

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  12. You are a genius, ahhhhhhh
    Adorable.
    XXXXXXXXXX

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  13. Jeans! They are totally jeans--and you MADE them! They're like part of the holy trinity of sewers (bra, jeans, swimwear).

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    1. I better get onto sewing a bra and some swimwear so I can complete the holy trinity.

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  14. You made jeans/trousers! How clever! I wouldn't even attempt such a thing.

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    1. Thanks! They are actually easier than they seem.

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  15. Love your "jeans" :) That's the kind of "jeans" I go for too. I've sewn a similar pair before but have stopped wearing them, because the denim I used is soooo heavy. You are inspiring me to make a new pair!

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    1. Thanks! I remember the pair you made. They were awesome, and they made me realise that making your own jeans is possible. You should definitely make another pair.

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  16. Those are adorable! I suddenly want to make a pair. I love your blouse too.

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    1. Thanks! You should make a pair. They are super comfortable and great for doing things that aren't dress friendly.

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  17. I love these! Super cute!

    My tip with the Freddies is go by the finished hip measurement not the waist size. The 1940's work pants are pretty roomy and accomodate most sizes (even my super-pear-shaped hips).
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    1. Thanks you.

      Thanks for the tip. My problem with the Freddies was that my hip measurement was two sizes smaller than my waist measurement and I thought they might be super baggy in the hips.

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  18. Great jeans - I wish I could skip bits in patterns.

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    1. Thanks! Oh, it doesn't always work when I skip bits in patterns. Sometimes it ends in disaster, other times it turns out great.

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  19. These are great! I love that rockabilly shape of jeans and you bloody made them, you're fantastic! xx

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    1. Thanks! Me too. Even though I'm not a rockabilly I do love rockabilly type jeans.

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  20. Argh....I keep on missing your posts in my feed for some reason. So now I have 3 to catch up on which is kind of nice! Great job on the jeans....I love the red button sides. They look great on you! Xx

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    1. Are they not coming up in your feed? I don't know why that would be. Thanks!

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