I’m finally finished sewing for my first pair of jeans!!!! Sewing a pair of jeans was one of my sewing goals for 2018. If you read my sewing goals blog post from earlier this year then you know I’m trying to tackle some of my sewing fears this year. Sewing a pair of jeans was definitely one of my sewing fears. Thankfully, I kept at it until I finished my jeans.
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I used the Simplicity 8222 pattern to sew my jeans. This is one of Mimi G’s patterns for Simplicity. This was my first time sewing one of Mimi G’s Simplicity patterns and I will definitely be sewing more in the future. I have a few of her Simplicity patterns and I also have a few of her patterns from her Sew Sew Def line.
I’m so thankful that Mimi created five step by step videos that guide you through the process of sewing your jeans. You can find the videos on Youtube and they are super helpful especially for someone like me who was afraid to tackle sewing jeans.
The first video actually helps you with picking the pattern size and the type of fabric to use for Simplicity 8222. This pattern has sizing options for slim, average, and curvy based on your hip measurements. Using the finished hip measurements printed on the back of the pattern I decided to cut out the curvy size 6 pattern. My hip measurement is 34 inches and the finished measurements for the hip for a curvy size 6 is 33 inches. Since I was using a stretch denim I thought the 1 inch difference would work out perfectly for me. However, my jeans were way too big in the hips. Luckily, I basted them, tried them on, and then adjusted the fit with a bigger seam allowance. I think I would probably sew the slim fit if I sewed Simplicity 8222 again.
Besides having to adjust the seam allowances to make the hip area fit. When I was cutting out my pattern I adjusted the length of the front and back leg pattern pieces. I shorten them by 2 inches in an attempt to make the length a better fit for me. However, once I finished my jeans they were still a bit too long. So my hem is about 2 inches.
There were two problems that I had while sewing these jeans. The first problem was correctly sewing in the zipper fly. This was my first time attempting to sew in a zipper fly and it is definitely something that I will have to practice doing before I get the hang of it. I actually made three attempts to get this zipper sewn in the right way so that the zipper teeth would not show once the jeans are zipped up. However, I never managed to get it right. I watched the video directions quite a few times, but I just couldn’t get it right. I’ve since seen that there are many different ways to sew a zipper fly. Next time I will try a different method to see if I can get better results.
However, for this pair of jeans, I will just wear longer shirts that will cover the zipper. 🙂 I’m sure I’ll find a method that works for me in the future. That’s the great thing about sewing there are many different ways to sew different items. So if you find something doesn’t work for you then you can find a different method.
The next issue I had was creating a buttonhole for my jean button. My waistband was a bit bulky so it was difficult for my sewing machine (I have a Brother CS6000i) to create a buttonhole using the buttonhole presser foot. So I had to create a buttonhole using a zigzag stitch on my machine. Creating manual buttonholes is another thing that I will need to practice more in the future.
While I had some problems, I also got the opportunity to get more comfortable with other skills. Making these jeans allowed me to get comfortable with topstitching. Before I started making my jeans I was really scared that my topstitcing (the decorative yellow thread) was going to look awful. However, I sewed slow and I think I did I pretty good job on my topstiching.
With all that being said I’m really proud of myself for facing my sewing fears and sewing myself a pair of jeans. They are far from perfect, but they are a great start to getting more comfortable sewing jeans. I’m looking forward to trying to make other types of pants, shorts, and even more jeans in the future.
P.S. I hope that you have enjoyed my little one in my pictures. She dressed up in her Paw Patrol peplum top and My Little Pony leggings so she could be my co-model. I sewed both of these items. I’m also wearing a top that I made myself last summer. 🙂
I’m currently working on three in-progress items that are almost finished. So I hope to have more to share soon. 🙂