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Wednesdays with Kenneth: Creating the Draft

The next few months I’m sewing along with Kenneth D. King. A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up to learn how to recreate our favorite jeans using Kenneth D. King’s Jean-ius class on Craftsy. Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.


We are moving fast, ladies and gentlemen.  This week Kenneth led the class through the actual making of the draft pattern.  Though we were able to get through the first two lessons with only our jeans and basic supplies, this lesson we need quite a few fancy supplies.  First, we need silk organza; it serves as the base for tracing the pattern from the jeans.  Second, we need colored pencils; Berol Prismacolor is Kenneth’s preferred kind.  As a side note here, I’ve had Prismacolor colored pencils since before high school.  I loved art back then and went all the way up through the advanced placement art classes in high school, if you can believe it.  Once I got to college and started taking too many science classes, art sort of disappeared from my life.  It’s so fun to have it sneaking back in, even if it’s just to pull out my fancy colored pencils to trace a pattern from a pair of jeans onto silk organza.  Third, we need a sleeve board.  Well, we don’t actually need a sleeve board.  In fact, I don’t own one, so I got by without one.  But, it sure seems like life would be a wee bit easier with one.

The culmination of all of these supplies is a piece of silk organza that looks like it came out of a Japanese pattern book or a BurdaStyle magazine.  It’s quite a thrill to hold up the piece of silk organza and realize all of those lines represent the pair of jeans you want to copy – and that they’re there because you put them there!  You made the pattern!

But, we’re not done.  We need to transfer the pattern to paper.  We need more supplies for this process.  So, continuing on with my counting – fourth, we need paper large enough to fit back pant pattern piece. Interestingly enough, Kenneth recommends banner paper. Fifth, we need tracing paper. Kenneth uses a small sheet of what looks like red wax paper.  I have giant sheets that I got from Richard the Thread.  Sixth, we need a tracing wheel. All of these tools allow us to quickly transfer the pattern pieces from the silk organza to paper.

Finally, with our pattern now on paper, we need a pencil and ruler so that we can true up all of the seams.  Finally – we’re back to supplies all of us are likely to have in our homes.  Even so, I did link to the ruler it looked like Kenneth King was using just in case you are curious.  It was marked “Prof. King”, which makes me fairly certain it really is his ruler.  Also, I feel like I should start calling him that in these little write ups!  (If you’re really curious, here are what I think are the pins and pin caddy he’s using as well.)

Next Prof. King (what do you think?! Does it work?!) is going to walk through the making of the muslin so that we can check the fit of our pattern before we cut into the fashion fabric.  See you in a week!

If you’re interested in taking this class yourself, follow this link for 40% off Jean-ius: Reverse Engineer Your Favorite Fit with Kenneth D. King.

6 thoughts on “Wednesdays with Kenneth: Creating the Draft

  1. Hmmm, I’ve kind of ignored this class because I can’t get RTW jeans to fit me for love nor money, so reverse engineering them isn’t an option. But I’m starting to think that this would be a good course for actually constructing a pair of jeans, even if I’m using a commercial pattern. I’m intrigued to see how the next few lessons go…

  2. I like the sound of Prof. King. And I also like that he wrote it on his own ruler 🙂 Thanks for all the links, I love to see what the professionals use!

  3. Thanks for posting your experiences in this class, it’s really interesting! I just bought a new pair of jeans that may be a fit worth replicating so I’m beginning to rethink this class.

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