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10 Tips for Creating Great-Looking Denim Jeans

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Have you been avoiding sewing your own denim jeans because you think it’s too difficult?

Sewing denim jeans does present a number of challenges that sewing ordinary pants does not, which may be why so many classes are geared to jeans-making (in addition to the fact that they’re simply a popular garment).

All of us are familiar with the way ready-to-wear (RTW) jeans are finished and, as a result, our definition of how they must look is specific. Classic RTW jeans share the following characteristics: They’re sewn from denim (a cotton twill woven to produce a fine diagonal ribbing), which is often indigo blue; decorated with contrasting topstitching in single, double, and even triple parallel rows; front pockets reinforced with metal rivets; metal jeans button closure on the front waistband; and seamed with sturdy flat-felled seams.

It’s not the sewing of the cotton denim that presents a…

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    GmaCma | | #1

    Thanks for a great tutorial on making jeans! Excellent pics and instructions. I made a pair of stretch jeans and look forward to making more using your tips. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing with us!

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    Anascana | | #2

    Think you for this very detailed tutorial.

  3. CGinColorado | | #3

    Thanks for this great article with all the tips! I've made a few pair, one for my granddaughter that turned out wonderful, and I'm ready to make more for me. I've used the blue/silver Guterman topstitching thread as I haven't been able to get the gold to work. Time for more experimentations. One correction, though, that little pocket isn't a coin pocket, it's a watch pocket.

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