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Wednesdays with Kenneth: Testing 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.

jeanius muslin

This week we moved from pattern paper to fabric, making a muslin (or toile) so that we can check the fit of our self-made jeans pattern before cutting into our denim.  Prof. King walked us through his way of transferring a paper pattern to fabric.  I won’t give away all of his tips, but I will say he highly recommends a dual tracing wheel for marking both stitching lines and cutting lines.  I bought one last year when I first watched these videos, and I’ve used it quite a lot, mostly whenever I can’t get away with using my seam allowance guide.  I’d recommend both if you like sewing gadgets.

I feel like we’re moving so quickly!  Next week we’re checking the actual fit!  Crazy!

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.

10 thoughts on “Wednesdays with Kenneth: Testing the Draft

    1. Oh! I forgot to remind everyone these are for a friend. She’s teeny tiny, so she has a hard time finding pants that fit well. I figured I’d try to make her a pair and a pattern!

      1. Well, we’ll see when the final pants are completed. I worry sometimes that making things for others is a little like putting them in awkward bridesmaids’ dresses.

      2. I know what you mean… it’s hard to know that things will fit right and that they’ll actually like what you make for them! But your sewing for others has been so successful that I’m sure the pants will be a hit, too.

    1. Awwww! Babies! (And, you’re right to abstain right now. There has been no mention of knit pants so far in this class!)

  1. Hi Amy, I am pretty intrigued by this class but I am not really into jeans…do you think it would be useful for creating/recreating some other styles of pants? i do have a few pairs I wore to death and I’d like to copy them. I love your in-depth reviews 🙂

    1. Yes, this class will help you copy any type of pants. KK says he first used this method to copy old dresses that were tissue thin, so I think you could copy most anything with these lessons.

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