Travel jeans: Minerva Crafts project

Jalie 2908 are my go-to stretch denim jeans I’ve again used with Minerva Crafts 8oz denim. Is it odd to say this denim smells great? It has a denim smell that made making these jeans a sensory joy.

Yes I did wash this denim. It did soften so I could work with it easily.

One ‘trick’ I’ve read about to making jeans is to soften the denim with various solutions. I didn’t need to do anything more that wash it with a load of clothes and dry it on the clothesline.

Another ‘trick’ to make jeans is to cut each pattern piece as single layers. Have you ever made your own jeans and the legs feel like they are twisting away from you? I’ve always read that you should cut each pattern piece as a single layer. Well these jeans demonstrated that this ‘trick’ works. I was also aided using these large Prym scissors.

This final trick uses the front pocket piece extending to the centre front seams to act as a front stay. The Prym curved ruler helped me shape this front stay smoothly.

No wrinkling at the front.

While low rise jeans are not in fashion, I prefer wearing these low rise jeans because they sit just under my natural waistline. This is a comfortable style to wear when travelling.

Technically speaking, I made a few adjustments for my sway back.

The photo above shows how I needed to raise the centre back yoke while taking out the fullness.

This photo here shows the added thigh width on the back leg but also the butt curve lowered because that’s my new normal.

The secret to make the jeans topstitching accurate came down to the tools I used. Prym have a chalking pen that comes with a multitude of colours. I used the pink rose colour to mark my topstitching line. I also used the Prym marking ruler to recheck these lines before I started sewing.

Oh. Here’s the back pocket photo.

Have a close look at the topstitching.

I did a row of topstitching on the jeans and around the pockets just for a different look.

I’ve also used tab stitching on the base corners of the pocket.

Here’s the resized pocket pattern. I’ve cut it back so that it’s 3/4 size – slightly smaller – so I could experiment with topstitching.

I lived in these jeans while we travelled through the Canadian Rockies last month.

The pink top uses pink ponte that Minerva Crafts also stocks.

This denim has a slight amount of stretch so they were great for driving, sightseeing and a wee bit of hiking. I’m convinced this denim is perfect for travel. 

Make some for yourself and find out how great you’ll feel in jeans you’ve make for yourself.

I chose the blackest colour. What colourway will you choose?

Thanks again Minerva Crafts


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