Sunday, March 23, 2014

Vogue 8774, green denim jeans, done!

What a whirl wind of a day!!  I washed and dried my stretch denim 3 times last week ( Yesterday, I altered the pattern (you can see most the alterations on the pattern pieces below....wider width on back - hip to knee, narrowed the front - full length, cut the fly on the front - I see no sense it doing it separately,  added 5" length, made the front pockets and pocket linings deeper - they were too shallow, and scooped the seat a bit more - so no wedgie, took some curve out of waistband and lengthened it to make a wrap around waistband)

I cut out all of the pieces.

My DH worked today, so it was an all day sewing marathon.
First up, I like to take care of all the extra bits.  Back pockets, fly shield, pocket linings/facings/, belt loops (long strip) and coin pocket.  This allows me to get a feel for how the fabric sews, and to determine how to do my topstitching. 
Here is the cut on fly.  It is interfaced and marked with center front line, where the zip stop will be and seam line.

Here are the best fly instructions I have found.  .  Debbie Cook  over at Stitches and Seams.

One of my many professional seamstress tools.  This is after steaming a seam into submission, I 'weight' until it cools. 

The pocket facings extend all the way to fly, makes for nice tummy suppression. 

How I fit my jeans to ME..... I sew the backs together along back crotch seam.  Once the front pockets are done, and the zipper inserted, I sew the inner legs of fronts to backs at 3/8".  I then baste the outer leg seams, front to back, with the longest basting stitch my machine has.  I try the pants on.  From there I can take in the inner leg in more if needed (I took it in another 1/4" from crotch to knees)  If I think the side seams seem ok, I baste the waistband on.  Then I try them on again.  Having the waistband on changes the fit, so then it is easier to tell if the side seams need to be taken in more or let out.   I had to take in just 1/4" from the back pieces from hip to knee.  Then I was ready to sew over the basting with my normal stitches.  And that, is how I fit my jeans to me!!

A mere 8 hours later....  Here they are!

I used some old green buttons, because I had them and I thought they looked cute.

Here you can see the wrap around waistband.  I wrap the outer band around to inside to reduce bulk right where the buttonhole and buttons will be.

I did a little embroidery on the belt loops and top of back pockets.   I always put the back pockets on just about last.  I use a fave RTW pair to decide placement, then I pin the pockets on and try the pants on and then move them around until I am happy with the placement. 

Best of all..... They fit!!  Not too tight, no wedgie, no camel toe!!  I love 'em.

So, here was my inspiration from Pinterest, and my interpretation!! 
Just got to love sewing, eh?

Stay Happy
Keep Sewing
and if you can't sew
Enjoy doing what you can do!
and a little Grandma eye candy....


  1. WOW! They look great!! Enjoy wearing your new jeans!!

  2. Impressive! And thank you for all the extra information and photos. One of these days I will get brave enough to try jeans:)

  3. Your jeans came out great! Well done! :)

  4. These are great! Not too skinny and not too wide in the legs. I'm going to have to go get this pattern tomorrow!