While cleaning out my closet I noticed that I do not own a lot of pants. I had some jeans that I bought post pregnancy but not a lot of other options. These past few months I’ve jumped head first into making pants and want to share my thoughts on making my first pair of jeans! Here are a few stats and links:
Pattern Name: Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Patterns
Size Made: 10, with adjustments on fitting the waist and side seams. Basically I basted the jeans first and then just pinched in where I needed to- nothing very scientific!
Supplies: I bought all my materials through a Needle Sharp Subscription Box. I love these boxes as they have everything in them needed for a project. If you’re looking for more kits specific to the notions needed for jean making, check out the Closet Case Jeans Making Kit as well as the Blackbird Fabrics Jean Making Hardware Kit
Additional notes: This is a very popular jeans pattern- and for good reason! Check out the hashtag on instagram to see them on different people. Check out The Sew Along on the Closet Case blog, and the pattern link above also lists quite a few resources. While I’m not sure I will be making this specific pattern again anytime soon, I was really happy with the entire process and the end result. If you have sewn other garments before and are ready to dive into jeans making, I would think you could have a lot of success with this pattern!
I get a lot of comments from people that don’t sew along the lines of ‘I could never do that!’ or ‘I want to start sewing but have no idea where to start and it looks so hard!’ My advice is always to just start. I took a couple of classes to learn how to work a machine and sew a straight line and then from there I just started sewing! There are so many amazing resources online that if I came across something I didn’t know, I just used good ole Google to help me sort it out.
That being said, I make a lot of mistakes. These jeans have a few of them. There are things I’ve made and then later have to get rid of because of mistakes. There are things I wear that I notice the imperfections and it will sometimes bother me.
Over the past year or so I’ve learned to embrace these imperfections. I’ve learned from them, in what to do next time and also in what’s important to me. Perfection is not my goal. Maybe it used to be? Maybe there was a time when I really cared about being as close to perfect as possible (and not just in sewing). But I truly believe there’s beauty in the wonky topstitching. There’s a story behind a pocket that didn’t turn out right or a zipper fly that gapes open just a hair.
All of these imperfections come from my hands and to me that’s beautiful. My quest is to create clothes I love and when I wear these imperfect jeans it’s amazing to me that they are more comfortable than any pair I’ve ever bought from a store.
Letting the fear of imperfection stop you from learning something new is a waste of time. Maybe you try something new and it doesn’t work out, I know there’s still value there. And then the times you try something new and find a whole new side of yourself? An entire new way of being? What if fear had kept you from that!
Equating sewing to life changing may seem like a stretch, but I’ve noticed how I approach the small stuff is also how I tend to approach the big stuff so I’d argue that it’s a fair comparison.
So I say, jump on in! Do the new skill imperfectly, wear the results with pride. Learn something about yourself in the process. Recognize that how we spend our time and express ourselves is reflected throughout our life and that fear lessens the joy. Enjoy the process, learn from the mistakes, google what you don’t know, and then be sure and share that journey with other people that will appreciate it!