Jeans: Ginger is my number one

I did it – I made myself jeans! Well, I actually made myself two pairs of jeans (what a shocker right?! I had no idea prior to blogging how I make things in multiples!) with dreams of a few more pairs to come!

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These bad boys are the first pair I made for myself and have been in heavy rotation. They are View A of the Ginger Jeans that was created from the brilliant mind of Ms. Heather Lou. This first pair was a straight up size 8 – no alterations done.

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I ended up not even looking at the instructions as I found the sew-along that Heather posted so informative. If I’m being honest here, I actually followed her sew-along steps when sewing jeans for my husband (the first 2 pairs of jeans I sewed were for him) and it was far, far better than the instructions that came with his pattern.

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I decided on tone-on-tone top stitching for my first pair, and thankfully had my husband on hand to help with back pocket placement, and to mark a wedge of fabric that I wanted to remove. I ended up removing 5/8″ from the pattern (a total of 1 1/4″) at the top of the waistband tapering to nothing by the top of the back pockets pockets. I also didn’t take up the hem at all, so they are good with heels, and a little slouchy with flats, but don’t drag, which is what I like.

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I added a bit of colour to the outer edge of the back pockets of the jeans I made, just to put my own little spin on them, and the rivets and jeans button were from Taylor Tailor – Taylor was crazy quick at answering my questions and shipping out my goods, and I had a great time with the rivet insertion process. That being said, I certainly managed to mangle a few rivets before getting it just right.

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Version 2.0 went well and the fit is spot on. I decided on a dark gold top stitching thread to change things up a bit. Again, this is View A, the low rise version. Keep in mind that I have a very shallow rise, so these will likely sit lower on most people.

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I decided to change up the pockets on this version, and copied a pair of RTW Rock & Republic jeans that I own. The original pockets are great, but I love the way that these ones make my backside look.

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As you can see, still have the coloured thread on the back pocket, but decided to change up the colour a bit.

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Look it matches the zipper and pocket bags! The zipper was part of a Jeans kit from Thread Theory (you guys, these guys are the best – I have seriously never had such fantastic customer service before, ever).

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And the fabric for the pocket back is from Spool of Thread. This stuff was purchased over a year ago, so I’m not sure if they still have it in stock, but when I purchased this stuff, they also had it in about 3 other colourways.

Have you sewn your own jeans? What’s your favourite pattern? Do you add any fun details to make them “your own”?

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11 thoughts on “Jeans: Ginger is my number one

  1. These are freaking AWESOME. my first instinct was “those pockets are too small” but you’re right, your butt looks majestic. I think its a combination of shape and placement. Either way, Brava!

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    1. Thanks Heather! It was actually my husband’s suggestion to try these pockets. I, like you, initially thought that they were too small, but for this pair I like them. They are fairly distinct so I think that it might just be the one pair that gets them, but goodness it’s fun to play around with pockets! Again, thanks for drafting SUCH a wonderful pattern!

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  2. I just found your post! … Your Gingers look glorious!!! love them … and your booty – majestic like Heather said. Love the pocket size and placement in the second pair. My pockets ended up awkwardly low 😉

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  3. Lovely pair of jeans! I am just about to sew my first Gingers, but having a hard time finding nice denim fabric. Which did you use for the two versions? I particularly like the looks of the first one! Great job!!

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    1. Hi Maiken, Sorry about the delay in responding! The denim from the first pair of jeans were bought locally at Fabricland, and the second pair I picked up denim from Fabricana in Coquitlam. Both felt rather stiff before I washed them, but then after washing both pairs softened up – the first set more so than the second. 🙂

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  4. Hi! Just found your post about these Ginger jeans…what a great job you did on them! I’m curious where you found your denim on the first pair. I’ve been searching for a soft comfortable denim. Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi Marsi! I found the fabric at my local sewing store – Fabricland – it was just mixed in with the denim and got much softer after the first wash. It felt rather stiff, kind of like it had been starched before I washed them, and the content was about 97% cotton 3-5% spandex I believe. Good luck finding the right fabric and happy sewing!

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