I’ve gone into jeans making mode here at Self Assembly Required HQ.
I made my first pair of Closet Case Ginger jeans about a year or so ago and I loved them. They weren’t perfect but I was happy with them and they fit much better than any RTW ones I’d had before.
I planned to make more and even bought more denim. I really wanted to keep working on this pattern to achieve the best fit and finish I could!
But I never quite got the push to move forward and make another pair!
So when I saw a space open up at the Heather Lou (of Closet Case Patterns) jeans masterclass at The New Craft House I jumped at the chance! I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to make my second pair of Gingers as well as get expert fitting advice from the pattern designer herself. I thought this would be a great step towards jeans making perfection!
I decided to splurge a bit on the denim – if I was going to be getting them fitted by an expert I might as well get make them the nicest pair right? I wanted to have a pair really nice true black denim and more than anything I really wanted some Cone Mills denim. It’s one of those things that I’d always heard so many people rave on and on about that I thought it must be worth the hype!
The only place I found selling it at the time was Threadbare Fabrics in the USA. But they didn’t have it in black. To be fair I’m not even sure Cone Mills do a black version. Threadbare did have another type of US milled true black stretch denim so I figured I’d get that instead!
It was expensive. The fabric itself was pretty reasonable but once you add shipping and customs, it’s just ridiculous. I really wouldn’t do it again. (I might ask someone going to LA to sneak some in their suitcase for me though… 🤣).
I chose to make the high rise skinny Gingers – at the end of the day I wanted something classic! I used a gold topstitch thread as a contrast which gave me an unexpected black and yellow bee vibe. I rolled with it and embroidered some bees onto my back pockets!
The jeans making workshop was so much fun! It’s always lovely to hang out with like minded people and sew all weekend! Miss Tilly Buttons herself was also taking the class so it was great to catch up with her too! Heather has a way of breaking down the component parts of the process to make them seem so simple and doable. She’s got a great eye for fit as well and personally puts on everyone’s back pockets – an important step in getting your butt to look it’s best!
Concentrating hard on what Heather is saying…
Annoyingly after I’d worn those jeans for a day or two I found the denim really bagged out at the knee quite badly. I’m going to wear them in a bit more, wash them again and then see if I need to take it in but it’s rather upsetting considering it’s meant to be such good quality denim!
(Note to self – check the elastane percentage before purchase!)
When I got back from the class I was in such a good mood I started on another pair of Ginger jeans! This time in a mid blue denim from Fabrics Dreams. (I think it was this denim but I can’t remember for sure!).
Let’s put it this way – things did not go as smoothly!!!
I was perhaps a tad overconfident after the class (and was also doing some rather late night sewing) but I ended up making so many silly sewing mistakes with this pair! My seam ripper definitely became my best friend!
I pushed through and finished them but MAN was that a struggle!
Still, I can’t complain too much. I’ve made jeans!!
I’m still not 100% happy with the fit bit I’m starting to feel like that’s more to do with my body than my sewing… 🤣