May 17, 2012

Jeans that fit

Filed under: Sewing — Tags: , , , — soozeinthecity @ 3:28 pm

I’m taking the Intro to Sewing II class at The Sewing Studio in NYC. My first pair of pants are about 70% complete. Since I’m using a light denim fabric that means my new pair of jeans are 70% done!

The instructor, Kimberli, spent a good portion of class time working with me to get the correct fit. We measured me, we measured the paper pattern, we fit the pattern on the right side of my body. Kimberli used the ‘slash and spread’ method to adjust the pattern. We also lengthen the inseam.

I cut the fabric, sewed the sides & inseam and sewed the crotch (which was remarkably easy and simple). A second fitting found my jean legs to be way too straight and loose. So we went back to the pins and now my task is to slim down the legs. I guess I’m a bootleg cut girl 🙂

In the level 2 class we have the choice of several different clothing items to make. (Everyone makes a skirt in the level 1 class.) I chose pants because I have real problems finding a pair that fits. After having Kimberli custom fit my pattern I started to look at how jeans fit New Yorkers. I can honestly say that NO ONE wears jeans that fit! Not one person. We are a bunch that put together great outfits that don’t fit, LOL.



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