Monday, January 7, 2008

Free To Move On

ETA: I forgot to mention the pattern (thanks Donna!). It's my ol' stand-by for Alex — Burda 2713. I've made it a few times for him. Last time he was smaller and I thought I'd go down a size, but time and teenage hormones kicked in and the same exact size as before is a perfect fit now. Well, almost. I also added elastic to the waistband to snug it in a bit at his back waist right above the full booty, using this technique. When worn, you can't see that there's any elastic. It's just enough to ripple the waistband when off the body but it stretches to flat when worn. You can see the rippling in the last pic below.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog entry …

Darn black fabric ... you can't see anything! You'll just have to take my word for it that these jeans are fabulous!! ;-)

Seriously, I'm just glad they're done. The sewing part was fine but the topstitching thread gave me fits. I let DS pick from the thread stash and he happened to see some multi-colored pearl crown rayon. I agreed, without realizing what I was getting myself into. But it's done and it looks great against the black denim so the pain is fading.

I didn't topstitch as much as I would've with more cooperative and less bright thread. The back pockets are only colorfully-stitched across the upper edge. The waistband is topstitched with regular black thread because by that time I was at my wit's end and no one is going to see it anyway. The beltloops are done with the colorful thread and that's enough eye interest at the waist. I also topstitched in the usual fly and yoke places, and down the outseams.

I added a No Fear tag from old RTW to one of the back pockets. I also split the legs in the front and the back (in two different places) and topstitched the joining seams for more interest. And, I added a front patch pocket for the cellphone/ipod.

I used a red zipper and B/W striped cotton for the fly shield and pocket bags. You can see a bit of "faux piping" at the edge of the pockets where I let the pocket lining peek out at the edge as DS' urging. DS loves all the colors together. Me, I think I'd go cross-eyed staring at all of this too long. But then again, I'm not 15 anymore. If he's happy, I'm happy. He really does like to have a hand in "designing" what I make for him.


  1. Oh, my gosh! Those are SO COOL!!!! And hey! Now you can move on to YOUR stuff! :)

  2. Great looking jeans! I know your DS is happy with them. They fit really well. What pattern did you use for them?
    Donna W
    Edmonton, Alberta

  3. OMG, Debbie, those are incredible. I can see why you ds is so happy.

  4. Great job! Those are wonderful and such a nice fit - love all the details.

  5. Those are the coolest boy jeans I've ever seen. Your boys are so lucky they have a mom that can sew as fantastically as you do. They must get a lot of envious looks on their hip clothes - or do the kids call them "sick" these days (as in really neat)? I love how your son is holding the doggie too. Sweet boy.

  6. wow, they are pretty darn cool!!

  7. Great looking pants. I like the fact that DS has input into the design. Very empowering.

  8. The jeans are absolutely amazing! I'm in awe!

  9. Nicely done! Love the color accent!

  10. The jeans look great! It's nice to know that there are some good patterns out there for the boys. I wonder if my boy would let me sew a pair for him...


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