I can’t tell you how long I’ve been talking about making jeans. Well, actually I can. It’s only been about a year. In the grand scheme of things, that’s nothing. But, considering a year is nearly as long as I’ve been engrossed in this whole sewing nonsense, it feels like a long time to me. My pattern of choice: Jalie 2908. I blame Tanit-Isis. That woman makes a pair of jeans a week, I swear, and they’re all from this pattern. With that kind of endorsement, how could I use any other pattern? For the past year both the pattern and the denim have been sitting in my meager stash just waiting for me to make the time. Over the summer I found the time to trace the pattern in my size, but not the time to make the jeans. This past fall I found the time to cut all of the pieces out of denim, but not the time to turn on the machine. Each time I thought about it, some more pressing project at work or home came up. I think I was really just afraid of making pants.
I finally got motivated this past week thanks to the Sew Weekly‘s theme, “Unfinished Objects” or UFOs. I was determined to get these jeans sewn up so that I could show them off over there. And, things were going so well. It turns out jeans are pretty easy to put together. Especially thanks to clear pattern instructions. The tricky part was learning how my machine wanted to handle the thick layers of denim. I have a little sore spot on my thumb from turning the hand crank so much! Then, disaster struck. I ran out of thread. All I had left to do were the belt loops, waistband, and hem.
“No problem,” I thought. “I’ll run out to the store tomorrow and pick up more thread. I’ll be wearing these jeans by the end of the weekend.” Unfortunately, the store I chose had a poor selection of jeans thread. Nothing they had matched what I had been using. Discouraged, I left without the thread. The jeans remain as you see them above, a little raw on top and bottom. And, my 2012 Sew Weekly streak is now broken.