I. DID. IT.
When I started on my sewing adventure, sewing jeans for my boys I was certain I would never be able to sew jeans for my boys. In fact, it never even crossed my mind, it was such an unattainable goal. But then I started seeing more and more people in the sewing community sewing jeans. At first I just stared at these posts in awe. And then I began to question if I could do something like this too? Finally, the idea just wouldn’t let me go and I had to try it. I posted about the whole process on Instagram; if you want behind the scenes sewing info, follow us on Instagram!
Like the mad seamstress I am, I couldn’t just sew 1 pair at a time. I ordered enough denim from CaliFabrics to sew 2 pair of jeans for 2 of my boys. I contacted one of my sewing friends, Karly from Paisley Roots, who just happens to be a master at sewing jeans and asked for her advice on a pattern. She suggested the Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy Threads. For a first time sewist of jeans, this was a perfect pattern!
With fabric and pattern in hand, I set out to sew jeans. You can read all about what I learned in my post on the CaliFabrics blog, So You Think You Want To Sew Jeans? It’s where I suggest a 1st time sewer of jeans begins.
Biggest confession: I didn’t make muslins, and the pair I made for Thomas didn’t work out. He is not a fan of skinny jeans, and these turned out way too skinny for his liking. Next time I will adjust the width of the legs to his liking.
But not all was lost because I happen to have another sewing friend, Sabra from Sew A Straight Line, who has a very tall skinny son and also has sewed lots of jeans so she can appreciate the amount of effort required to sew jeans. She posted the above photo on Instagram after she got my package in the mail.
Fortunately, the jeans I sewed for my 2 year old son fit great. (And he’s too little to have a preference about skinny jeans or baggy jeans, so…..) This pair is actually made from the free size 2T pattern. So if you’re interested in making jeans and have someone that fits that size, you can try it for free first!
This size has patch pockets on the front rather than the standard pockets and coin pocket. Perfect for small chubby hands. I did make the traditional pockets and coin pocket on the larger size. Just so I could try that version too.
One amazing thing about sewing jeans is all the topstitching that goes into them. In a tribute to that, for the back pocket designs, I sewed 3 lines of topstitching across the pockets. Sort of tongue in cheek, sewing joke.
My goal in sewing jeans for my boys was to make them NOT look homemade. Sort of another funny sewing joke. Spending hours and hours making something not look like you made it! But I think I succeeded and the topstitching and hardware play a large part in the not-homemade look. What do you think?
Allegra and the Baby had fun with this photo shoot. Baby got to hold his long suffering kitty and Allegra just snapped away. A boy, a barn, a kitty and new jeans. It doesn’t get much better than that!
So what’s the verdict, you ask? Will I sew jeans again for my boys? Most likely yes! I have a great pattern, CaliFabrics has great denim fabric, and I know what sizes to make. And not make…
Leave me a comment and tell me what a superstar I am for sewing jeans for my boys!