In the spring of 2014 I bought fabric to make my first pair of jeans.
In 2015, Gillian dared me to finish the Ginger Jeans and I managed to make a non-stretch muslin in January 2016. This confirmed that the size I chose to make wasn’t too far off and that pants weren’t as scary as I thought they would be. Nevertheless, this project stalled when I started feeling insecure about my changing weight.
Then I decided to Rebel a little bit, made a Jyn Erso costume, and in the process made my first pair of pants!
That took a lot of the fear away. I had done it. I had made pants that stayed on, were comfortable, and looked good. Now, let’s make something with a little more sass.
I bought this black stretch twill when I bought the gray denim, knowing that I wanted black pants as much as I wanted gray pants.
So if you are sitting on a pants project (ha, pun unintended), will you allow me to share some of my epiphanies and thoughts about sewing pants? Maybe one will inspire you.
- 5 stitches are all you need to be able to try on your pants – inseam x 2, crotch seam, side seam x 2.
- Think about the worst experience you have ever had trying on pants in a clothing store fitting room. Got it? Can anything you make for yourself really make you feel any worse than that?
- One of the greatest feelings (within the realm of sewing), to me, is putting on a garment that just fit.
- Trust yourself. Look at everything else you’ve made. Seriously, get up and go look at your handmade items and acknowledge your skill and growth as a sewist.
Puppy and kitty believe in you!!!
Go forth and create!
Are you new to sewing pants? What intimates you? What is holding you back?
For those pants experts, what do you enjoy most about making your own pants?