This is amateur hour over here… look the other way if my repetitive sewing or messy top-stitching offends you!
I made another pair of Ginger jeans!
There is very little to say about these, except that I tried topstitching with proper top-stitching thread for the first time. I set up my old sewing machine (a present from my mom when I moved out at 18) and used it for construction, and set my regular machine for topstitching. It sure made life a lot easier to have both!
Like my first 3 pairs, the goal on these was not to get a perfect fit. Some of these pics are making me cringe a bit, but what really matters to me is that they are light years better than the RTW pants I cleaned out of my closet recently. (Oh, and also, I belatedly realised that wearing knee-high wool socks under skinny jeans makes for extra wrinkles!)
As you can see in the righthand picture, the biggest problem I had was starting and ending the topstitching on the pockets. Every time I tried to backstitch it created a huge knot on the wrong side and jammed my machine, so I ended up just doing a couple of super-tiny stitches at the start of each row to try to anchor it. On IG, Suzy suggested pulling the topstitching thread through to the back and tying it off, so I’ll try that next time. Any other tips or hints for me?
Of course, these are pull-on, but you guessed that, right? Also – trying to find interesting pictures of pants, inside in the winter, makes me feel really silly! Cue awkwardness!)
Now a paragraph for my fellow Canadians: This fabric is the basic stretchy denim from Fabricland. (It’s the one that is always in stock, not one of the seasonal ones.) It costs $25/m, which is crazy – thank goodness for 50% off sales! It’s got a nice cottony feel and maybe 20-25% stretch. I wore these around today and of course they loosened up a little, but not too badly. If you are looking for basic stretch denim without exorbitant shipping costs from the US, I’d recommend this stuff.
As it happens, the clothing I’m wearing in these pics is a bit of a nostalgic look back through my 3 years of sewing! I sold pompom cowls like this one at a little local store my first year of sewing… then I made this Plantain last year. It’s unhemmed and now too long for my tastes – it belongs in my pile of “things to coverstitch now that I can”! I always think it’s fun to see how personal preferences change a little bit each year, but what stays the same! The fabric hanging behind me (crookedly, and not covering the plug) is something I bought 10 years ago in Japan. Essentially my colour palette hasn’t changed since then.
One thing about topstitching that really fascinated me is how the width and proportion affects so much of the look. I finally understand why people obsess over looking at RTW details! There are plenty of places I can do better next time… but I’m pleased to have started learning.
And now a question about my knock knees: I’ve played around with a few solutions (cut and slide the calf outward, rotate the calf outward) but I always seem to end up with longer outer seams that get wrinkly. How can I accommodate for my chunky inner knee, then the sudden bowed calf? If it’s possible, I’ll keep trying. If it’s never going to be great, then I’ll leave it as is! Help!