I made Jeans!

One of my New Year sewing resolutions was to make a pair of jeans, so here they are! I used the Closet case Ginger jeans pattern.

jeans front

I don’t know why I was so nervous about making my own jeans! I set aside 2 days to make them and had 3 machines on the go (one for seams, one for top stitching and my over locker to finish the seams). I found the Ginger Jeans pattern really easy to follow and I knew that I could go to the Closet Case blog and find visual instructions if I got stuck, however I found the pattern instructions so clear that I didn’t need to use the blog! This is quite unusual for me as normally I need to look at  lots of photos or video’s to help me with tricky bits like fly zips etc. The denim I used is called Vixen and it has 2% spandex, its a gorgeous very dark, almost black denim and I love it!

jeans back

I made a straight size 14 and it fits perfectly, when you sew up the leg side seams you can try them on and make any adjustments that you might need, I also shortened them by 2cm before I cut them out as I am a bit of a short arse.

jeans close

I really can’t think why I was so nervous about making jeans, they were really easy and I am so pleased with the result! I just want to tell everyone I MADE JEANS!

If you are even contemplating making jeans, just do it! You will be surprised how easy it is and you won’t be able to stop smiling! I had to point out to my friends that I had made my jeans, they said they would never have guessed because they look shop made!




Sewing update

I haven’t blogged for a while, not because I haven’t made anything, far from it! Its because I am too busy making things! I decided that I needed to update my winter wardrobe a bit, I usually wear skirts and tights in the winter but this winter seemed particularly cold (my age or the weather?). So I have lived in jeans and shirts and cardigans. Last years Colette Aster was such a success, I have worn it almost to death, so I had to make another, and also I joined in with the Thread Theory Camas blouse sew-along so that I would have another blouse to add to my winter wear.

So the Camas blouse is made using one of our lovely Liberty Jersey fabrics, it was easy to make and I love the contrasting yoke, which is a woven fabric. The sew-along was really helpful and I would definitely recommend following it if you are a bit unsure about sewing with jersey or making a blouse, it’s on the Thread Theory blog.

truly scrumptious

For the Colette Aster I used another gorgeous Liberty fabric, Truly Scrumptious which is a beautifully soft and drapey cotton lawn.


There was some left over scraps so I managed to make a pair of Grainline Studios Lakeside pyjama shorts for Amy as an alternative Easter gift (Its got pictures of sweets all over it! Am I right!).

I am so in love with our new range of Liberty fabrics that I had to make myself a long sleeve jersey top to wear with my jeans. This is made using a free pattern that came with a sewing magazine.


Well that’s what I have been sewing, now I realise what handmade item my wardrobe is lacking: Jeans! We have just had a delivery of some fabulous new denims and our newest Independent Sewing patterns are from Closet Case so can you guess what I am going to be making next? Watch this space, Ginger Jeans are coming!