Ginger Jeans = finished!

Ginger Jeans = finished!

High waisted Ginger Jeans sewn by Sewingridd

My jeans are finisheedd!! After 6 months of doubting, procrastinating, pushing through, topstitching, seam ripping and a lot of other projects, it’s finally done! And the result is not just a pair of pants, no, it’s a high waisted jeans made to MY measurements! While the result was worth all the effort, I’m also relieved that it’s behind me now. So without using too many words, I’d just like to extensively show it to you guys! If you want to read more about the whole sewing process, just check this blog.

High waisted Ginger Jeans sewn by Sewingridd

High waisted Ginger Jeans sewn by Sewingridd
When I thought I almost finished sewing, I forgot that the back pockets were still only basted in place. In that moment I found out that the back pocket placement makes a huuuge difference! It can make your bottom look bigger, smaller, wider, longer or just really weird. Personally, the pockets initially were placed too low and too far apart. This made my behind appear much wider, saggy and unproportional to what it is in reality. Luckily they are better positioned now, thanks to the tips from Closet Case Patterns.
High waisted Ginger Jeans sewn by Sewingridd
Look! My muffin top shape totally disappears in these jeans. I appear to be thin now, haha. It still feels a little tight when I sit down though, but denim always stretches out over time, so as long as I don’t gain weight, it’ll be OK.
High waisted Ginger Jeans sewn by Sewingridd
My dad totally helped me out with the button. As you might have read, I was a little anxious for this button attaching moment, due to my previous experiences hammering hardware. But I wanted to wear my jeans that night, so had to step up and just go for it. Two buttons were waiting for me, one as a spare and one for real (pro tip: always buy some extra practicing material!). I don’t know how I did it, but the first one completely fell apart. The second one did not want to cooperate either and the pin bended. I wasn’t able to wear my jeans that night…
But then my dad came home and said: ”you should leave that to a mechanical engineer!” He dove into his toolbox, restraightened  my pin and secured my button with a pipe wrench (tip two: add a little scrap of fabric in between, so you don’t damage your button). Yay! Now I could still go out in my new jeans!

High waisted Ginger Jeans sewn by Sewingridd

I’m proud of what I accomplished, because I reached my goal: I can say that I am able to make well fitting jeans to my own size!! 😀 Never RTW again, you would say. Never again pants that slide down, never again jeans that are too tight in one place and too roomy in another, never again a wrong color or length. A well, on the one hand I am eager to make another pair, on the other hand I feel it’s just too much work… Besides that, the denim fabric I have at home is light blue and winter is coming. Knowing myself I don’t wear light jeans when it’s dark outside, so why would I make these jeans right now? So I think I’ll leave the fabric in my stash for another while, and by that time also might try another pattern.

High waisted Ginger Jeans sewn by Sewingridd

By all means, one more thing I’ve gained through this process is even more respect for the people normally sewing my pants. So, never ever buy the wrong color again, cause there’s nothing worse than unused clothes ending up in the garbage. Then all those people have worked their asses off for nothing (let alone the resources wasted)!

High waisted Ginger Jeans sewn by Sewingridd

Final tip: While topstitching my final seams I remembered that it was handy to use a raiser for your presser foot, to make it easier to stitch over thick seams. Undoubtedly there are special tools for that out there, but I just used some folded cardboard. Made it a lot easier and better looking!

What do you think about the result? And what project(s) kept you entertained in the last 6 months?

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High waisted Ginger Jeans sewn by Sewingridd

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