Monday, December 30, 2013

Skinny jeans!!!

I really have perfected my jeans! I bought lots of fabric to make more. I ordered some online from Some hot pink, melon, and light gray.  I never wear bright colors but I like them so much I am going wild. I found some nice black denim at a local fabric store today, so that means I have about 5 pairs of skinny jeans to make. Oops, I mean 6. I forgot about the Angela Wolf fabric that I just ordered. Maybe one pair will turn into some bootcut jeans, but I am pretty much stuck on skinny jeans, or toothpick jeans, as J Crew calls them.

The favorite pair is a cobalt blue, which is a blend of 3% spandex, 65% cotton and 32% polyester. This is from EmmaOneSocks. I found what I think is the same thing at That has not arrived in the mail yet. Those are all the wild colors mentioned above. I highly recommend the class from with Angela Wolf to make designer jeans. Great instructions, great instructor.

Today I received the present I bought myself, a grommet attacher. It wasn't cheap. This is to attach my rivets and jean buttons to the jeans. I have been pounding with a hammer, most are successful but none as easy as this thing works. Wow. Kinda pricey but really works well.

Unfortunately, my machine was taken in for service today and I won't have her back for at least a week. I have been very unhappy with the service where I got the machine so I took it elsewhere. No service plan there so I will have to pay out some big bucks but hope to get it running like it used to. 3 times at the other place is enough and I really feel they don't care about my million dollar purchase.

I would love to post some pictures of my jeans but it is so hard to take selfies!!! I live alone so I don't have a partner to take my picture! One of the other purchases that I plan to make is a tripod. Or maybe I should just buy a dress form, I have been looking for one of those too. Not enough space in my downtown loft though. Simplify Janice….

Monday, December 2, 2013

Burda 7863

Here is the second pair of jeans. The first pair is not what I dreamed of. They were huge and high waisted. No way to fix that waist line that I can figure out. So it was on to the next pair. I made the same size since the faux leather has no stretch. I guess that was a mistake because these are too small. I can't get it right. I shortened the crotch length by 3 inches. The waist has a big gap in the back so I need to learn how to adjust that. Lots of work and I probably won't get to wear them….but they are cute!!

Now there are a few options that I see myself doing. I signed up for the Craftsy class, Jean-ius. That is where you learn to copy a pair of store bought jeans and then have your perfect fitting jeans. I watched lesson 1-3. Looks like lots of work and I have to go buy silk organza and some art pencils. hmmm, maybe next weekend.

Option #2 is to hope that someone makes the perfect pattern for my body. Angela Wolf has a jeans pattern that I am almost going to click 'purchase'. They look to be low cut jeans, they are boot cut, which is easy to turn into skinny. I think they look ok. They call for a 7 inch zipper and that sounds high waisted to me. I also wonder why they call for 3 yards of 60" fabric when all the other jean patterns call for less than 2.

I was also hoping that would come out with a skinny jean pattern. She makes patterns for women with hips and small waists and that sounds like me. She has one pair of pants and I bet I could turn that into a pair of jeans…..that will be option number 3. I don't think she will come out with a pattern in the next few days though…..

Looks like option 2 is my choice….