Every warm day we’ve had since April 1st, I’ve been testing my summer clothes from last year. Do they still look good? In need of repair? Do they still fit. While bust and hip have remained unchanged the last few years, my shoulder slope has increased and my tummy seems to have grown. My shorts made with elastic waists are still wearable but the jeans shorts just aren’t cutting it. Time to replace. I don’t want to fuss a lot with fit so I’m using my all time favorite pattern Trudy Jansen’s Designer Jean #906. I took the time to make a copy and cut it off at the knee notch. Not having any denim remnants, I selected and cut into a very nice stretch denim.
Loading 3 machines with thread is time-consuming. I can understand why some dressmakers look around their room and ask ‘is there anything else I can make that needs this color thread?”. I loaded my sewing machine and serger with dark blue thread. In the cover stitch, I used a dark grey for the looper and jean-gold in the two needles. If you don’t want a cover stitch for any other reason and you sew jeans, you need to buy a cover stitch. It made all the top stitching simple and quick:
I do have a little issue turning acute corners. Guess I need to practice more.
I couldn’t resist the opportunity for a little machine embroidery.
The whole design is on the back pocket. I just trimmed portions for the front pocket embellishment.
Truly, you have more designs than the number of files in your directories. It’s up to you to look and say ‘what can I do with this?”
I opted for a trouser hook and eye. My jeans buttons just dont’ seem to stay attached. With its metal backings and fabric piercing flanges, the trouser hook is done and stays done. Sewing was simple. For fitting, I added 1/4″ to the center front of the contour waistband. Fit, while could be tweaked, is about as expected and impossible to see unless the pics are tremendously lightened as I’ve done here:
This jean short was one of those experiences that enforces my love of TNT’s. I was able to do fun stuff (i.e. the embroidery and top stitching). Fit adjustments were minimal; and I had a nice wearable garment in about 3 hours.