Denim Adventures!

It's been a while in the making, but these denim fabrics are worth the wait. I got stuck into two of these new fabrics to try my hand at making jeans.

The first fabric I used was the Cotton-Tencel blend. It's a lovely deep, dark indigo colour with a good solid weight.

Nervous about making jeans for the first time, I decided my first pair would be a pull-on style, and I chose the Itch To Stitch Mountain View Pull-on Jeans. I liked the centre back leg seam detail and the wide waistband looked pretty comfy. So after whipping up a muslin in some random stretch woven from my stash, I made some pattern adjustments and cut into my denim!

I am stoked with the result! This denim has excellent stretch and recovery and is super comfortable to wear. I have even worn these jeans riding my bicycle to work.

You'll notice my nerd is showing on the pockets of these jeans – that was a complicated piece of embroidery! Mostly done on my regular straight-stitch machine with bright blue topstitch thread (which, amazingly, I already had in my stash) and highlighted with some fancy silver thread. The backs of the pocket pieces were a bit messy, so I decided to line them using some of the same fabric I'd used for the pocket bags.

Once I had conquered a simpler jean, I felt ready to tackle the genuine article. Megan Neilsen's Ash Jeans had been top of my list for a while and I knew they would be perfect for the Ultrastretch Perfermance Denim. This fabric is a cotton-rayon-poly blend using Repreve recyled polyester from single-use bottles, and it is sooooo nice to handle!

I'd previously made a wearable muslin of the Ash jeans (without all the denim hardware), using a stretch cotton sateen, and I was pretty confident I had the fit correct. So off I went!

A quick trip to The Achieve Sewing Basket yielded a lovely metal zip of exactly the right length (one of my standard pattern adjustments in trousers is to shorten the crotch length, so finding the right length zipper can be hit and miss) and I had a bag of brass rivets from one of my previous shopping trips to Japan. None of my machines were happy about the topstitch thread I was using, but I managed to get it all finished – although I did hand-stitch the back pocket embroidery! (Unfortunately The Sewing Basket is were forced to close due to COVID-19 but were hoping to reopen fron June 1st.)

I can't wait to sew up some more samples in the other two great denims – and I can't wait to see what our customers will produce, too! We love it when you tag @sewactivefabrics so we can check out your makes!



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