You have read right! I have just completed my first pair of Jeans! I’ve been wanting to venture into jeans making in the past months. However, I was dreading the process of preparing the Ginger Jeans pdf pattern. I went ahead and bought stretch denim from a local fabric store. I even pre-washed it. However, I kept putting the pile of paper in my Sewing book/fabric library. Needless to say that I was trilled when I receive a package for my sewsister Brittany containing Mimi G’s Simplicity 8222 jeans.
The envelop contains a jeans and a bomber jacket pattern. The jeans comes with 3 fit options for the back piece: Slim, Average and Curvy. I do not consider myself curvy although I have a very pronounced curve in the rear area… lol.
No need to think twice. I went ahead and watched Mimi G’s sewalong videos. After watching Mimi G’s introduction video for her sewalong and looking at the sizing, I decided to go down a size from my usual size 12 and cut a size 10 in the average fit option. My stretch denim has a good amount of stretch.
I did not read the instructions. I followed Mimi G’s video tutorial from start to finish. The whole process went so smooth… I was able to complete this project in 3 days (from cutting to final stitch). I thought it was going to take several small sewing sessions over the course of one to two weeks. However, the tutorial is well done and the steps are easy to follow.
As you can imagine, there was a lot of topstitching involved. It should not be a surprise that I enjoyed every little bit of the topstitching! It is one of my favorite sewing tasks! To make my experience easier, I set up one sewing machine for the regular stitching. A second one exclusively for the topstitching. I also had a serger station. For my first pair I opted for yellow Jeans thread. One thing I learn about topstitching is that it is totally unnecessary to use topstitiching thread in your bobbin. I read that on a blog after completing my first pair… Oh well, now i know… lol
I had my first bartacks experience which was a little challenging to figure out. This is due to the fact that no two sewing machines are the same (from model to model). I had to figure out what the best setting was on my machine.
A week later, I went ahead and bought more denim. I opted for stretch denim from my local Fabricville. So for my second pair (pictured above), I opted for orange Jeans thread. So when it was time to set up my machines, I made sure not to waste topstitching thread by putting regular thread in my lower bobbin. Getting the right tension was a little tricky this time around. Or it may have been that I switched my machines setup. Seems like my Euro-pro does a better top-stitching job than my Singer 7467s.
On both versions, I had to remove a wedge of 2 inches from the yoke. In fact, I redrafted the wedge pattern piece while completing my first version. This is the only modification I did to this pattern. The size, length and crotch were all spot on! This is why I went ahead and made two pairs.
My first pair stayed fitted after wearing it a couple of times in the week. However, my second pair became baggy at the end of the day. So I washed it again before taking those pictures. Then, it went back to the original size. So you can be sure I will not purchase this denim again for skinny jeans.
Also, I plan to do 2 additional pairs by the end of this year. I bought more of the denim I used for my first pair and plan to use blue topstiching thread (no contrast). For the other pair, I bought Black stretch twill. I hope I will not get the bagging issue which is more complicated to fix once you’ve done all the topstitching… I’ll keep my fingers crossed!
I wish I can find a better technique for the fly-front for my next 2 pairs since the zipper tends to peek out. Otherwise, this pattern is an EXCELLENT wardrobe builder! I highly recommend it! I love that it has a high waist!!!! Before I leave, I just want to shoutout a couple of tools who made these 2 realizations a success: Mr. Walking Foot, Mrs. Denim 100/16 needle and Mr. Seam Jack. Thank you for your collaboration! Until next time!
Talk to you soon bloggies!