Question: what feels nicer than sewing on your sewing machine? Answer: sewing for someone you love of course!
Having never made jeans before I thought to myself: 'I really want uber cute turn up jeans for my daughter'. Seeming as I couldn't find what I wanted in the shops (and I certainly wasn't going to look in designer stores). Jeans making looked like a very worthwhile challenge. In the end was it? Ummm....YEAH!
The design process began with a list of specs that I wanted insisted upon:
- Denim or baby cord fabric
- Adjustable waist - Mabel is tall and slim (unlike her mumy). All kids trousers should have adjustable waists!
- Lots of room for growth - if I'm going to bust my a%s learning how to make these things I want her to be able to wear them for a good while! I made the waist roomy and adjustable (see above) and I made the legs extra long.
- Fully lined - to make them comfier against the skin (than denim), to accommodate awesome turm ups; and to make them harder wearing and warmer. This also makes them great for 3 season wear.
- Faux fly - which half opens to accommodate a snap button closure
- Squillions of pockets - to store all the toddler treasures.
Missions all accomplished. HOLY MACKEREL what a learning curve!!!!! It was hard, there was pain, frustration and much swearing, but it was so worth it Just for the confidence I've gained alone! I'm delighted with the jeans, Mabes loves the turn ups and I've had other mummies ask me where I got them from (I've earned my smug stripes for sure!)
Back patch pockets. I pimped one of the pockets by adding a faux piped edge (love how the faux piping looks like sun rays) to the pocket top (and pimped even more by adding bar tack stitching to the top corners, because I could and it's fun!)
Fabric is 8oz black denim and Anna Maria Horner Pretty Potent fabric.
Lined and curvy shape cargo pocket flap - peekaboo! You can't see so clearly in the pic, but the cargo pocket itself has a gathered bottom edge. I wanted the cargo pocket to look a bit girly (to soften the look of the dark denim).
So the fly is a little bit like a normal fly, but without the zip. All the usual fly top stitching is there (and a smidge of bar tack stitching), but it only opens halfway down to accommodate easier wriggly toddler dressing.
A lot going on here; I bound the waistband bottom edge because it looks nice and it meant that I didn't need to fold it under (things where getting bulky enough without adding another layer) and I didn't have to worry about the topstitcing (from the front catching all of the inner waistband bottom edge)...
Have you pushed sewing-wise lately? If not go for it, it'll be OK in the end and you'll be so happy with yourself :)