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Check out the creations from June's TNT: The Bombdotcom Challenge...
The low rise version!!
Okay, so I finally got around to making the much talked about and famous Jalie jeans pattern. I ordered this pattern a few years ago, or longer, through Pattern Review...nothing but rave reviews. I think it's now over 150 reviews on this pattern alone...AMAZING!!
When I purchased this fabric from Wal-mart I had no idea what I would do with it. I bought 5 yards of this faux leather fabric because it was beautiful to me...its texture and color just spoke to me. I figured 5 yards would get me at least two pieces out of it. I'm so glad I made this purchase over 2 years ago. The thought occurred to me to make faux leather jeans. I could kill two birds with one stone ( where did that saying come from?).
It was one of my unofficial goals to make at least one pair of these Jalie jeans. I am so glad I did! I now see what all the raves were about! They are easier than imagined and fit so well. Now, that I have accomplished this goal, it would be very hard for me to buy another pair of jeans. Where in the world can you find faux leather jeans for less than $25 ( the fabric was $5py).
WARNING!!!! THIS POST MIGHT BE A LITTLE LENGTHY!!
When I first opened the pattern, I thought, Oh Boy! If you have ever worked with a Burda pattern, it's much like that, you have to trace out the size you need. I started to second guess the process, if it was worth it. I'm so glad I stuck to my goals!!
"A dream comes through much planning and painstaking effort"~ Ecclesiastes
As I started putting them together, I realized, I CAN do this!!
Let me just say here, that when you are in a crunch you do what you have to do. I am advocate of using tools as they were intended to be used. With that being said, I'll let you in on a little secret...I used my industrial sewing machine to start these jeans... I'm able to sew on any fabric with no problems. Since, I've had to temporarily move out of my sewing room due to some flooding in my home, I had to resort to using my home model sewing machine...dear old Elna...thank God for Elna. However, I needed the right foot, a teflon foot, to sew on leather/faux leather, which I did not have. I could have used masking tape...but, I pulled out the satin stitch foot that comes with the machine. It did the job for me!!!
Satin Stitch Foot...smooth bottom
The moral of the story...one monkey don't stop no show!! SN: I know its not grammatically correct...I claim a poetic license...so-to-speak, Lol!
I will say, I had my fair share of experiences with these jeans...but, hard work pays off. After I got the zipper,fly front, and all that sewn in, I realized the unthinkable....I HAD SEWN THE ZIPPER IN BACKWARDS...OMG!! MELTDOWN!
I will not lie, I freaked out for a minute...this is faux leather...a very delicate fabric...all that stitching...a metal zipper...WHAT TO DO?!?!?!!!!
I PUT THE JEANS DOWN FOR THE EVENING AND WALKED AWAY...!
After sleeping on it, I realized the zipper teeth are the same on both sides, so all I had to do was take the pull of and turn it around. In order to do that I had to undo the bar tacks at the end of the zipper and some of the stitching along the fly front. I, then, had to cut the end stop off allowing me to slide the pull off.
It worked like a charm! The few pin holes are hardly noticeable at the end of the fly front. NOBODY has any business looking that hard down there, lol!
I could breathe again, whew!!! Moving on...
I remember reading the reviews about that dang on waistband adjustment. I measured correctly and figured I would escape that adjustment...WRONG ANSWER! I did have to take the center back seam at the back yoke, but not the waistband...I should have. Which meant, I had to undo the double stitching. Okay, I sucked it up and did it. But, then, I got a little pucker where I blended my seems back in...got that fixed. No pictures of that issue...sorry.
I proceeded to the waistband and loops sewn in with no problems! I thought, "I'm well on my way to finishing"!
When I tried them back on, there was too much wrinkling in the front near the crotch and in the back below my hips. So, I lowered the crotch and took the inseam in a bit. That did the trick.
Now, I was able to add the final touches..the button, buttonhole, and hem.
OAN: I did read in the review where several of the sewist added the fifth pocket, that coin pocket. I did the same thing. I agree with the rest, a pair of jeans just are not jeans without that coin pocket...even if you don't use it, LOL!!!
Pictures to follow soon! I will be wearing these jeans next weekend at the Tony Howard Motown Review that I attend every year! My plans are to use the remainder of this fabric to make a matching jacket...we'll see how the week goes!
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