I’ve started sewing my first pair of jeans. This has involved dragging out, cleaning and prepping every piece of equipment I own! I have three machines lined up:
- my Brother 1034D overlocker for finishing seams
- my Bernina Activa for topstitching
- my John Lewis Mini for main sewing
Can I complete a pair of jeans, using a machine that cost £52? Let’s find out! Why am I even attempting this? Because I can’t face changing thread and stitch length again and again and again every time I need to topstitch – which will be a lot. So, two sewing machines it is.
I’ve decided to use affordable denim for my first attempt at the Ginger Jeans. The fabric has a lovely brushed texture. I couldn’t see the point in testing fit with anything other than denim. At best, this will be a wearable toile. At worst, a learning curve. Can’t argue with that!
The PDF pattern is a surprisingly small 28 pages. The instructions are brilliantly clear and comprehensive – I’d recommend printing out in colour if you can. So far, I’ve found these jeans a very satisfying exercise in small, achievable tasks that can be broken down into time-friendly steps:
- Tape together and trace pattern
- Cut out fabric
- Prep equipment
- Sew pockets, coin pocket, and facings
Nothing scary there. Quite the opposite – downright enjoyable. Of course, we haven’t arrived at fitting yet. Shudder. I keep reading talk of flat bottom adjustments, crotch whiskers and waist gapes.
This project still has the potential to go horribly wrong…