At the beginning of the year I finished my pieces for my Painting Ten Years Later show. My next creative project was to make jeans. I thought that I would be finished with the project in a few days and I would be proudly wearing jeans. Well, for two months I tried to make them and kept failing. People don’t really talk about their failures on blogs but I feel that this is a really important thing for me. Other people may have difficult times with this and feel like they are the only one. I haven’t fully given up but I am giving myself a breather from the process.
To give you a visual, this is how many patterns that I made. Basically, you adjust as you go and fit as you go. Once you know how a pant can fit well, it is hard to settle for something that fits just fine. Also, different fabrics have different stretch levels. This makes for a fit that alters. It can be incredibly frustrating.
Here is the pile of scrapped muslins and destroyed jeans that I tried to fit.
I can’t make jeans out of these pieces anymore. I decided to cut the usable pieces from this and save them for future jeans. I will get new fabric and rewash the fabric with this. These smaller pieces will be useful for pocket pieces, pockets, belt loops, etc.
I have been using a Craftsy class to learn how to build jeans. It is called, “Sewing Designer Jeans.” It has been an amazing class, yet the fit part of the jeans just wasn’t working for me. I tried and tried, yet it wasn’t working. I learned an incredible amount from the process.
I also learned what doesn’t work. I came across a few blogs that a professional sewer Kenneth D. King had written. It seemed to be what I had dealt with in fitting issues. He also had a Craftsy Jeans class. There was a special sale and I decided to go for it. His student’s jeans also looked like they fit really well. His class basically has you start with a pair of jeans that already fits you and a pattern is created from this.
The class is called, “Jean-ious!” So far he has described every fit issue that I had and how to fix it. I haven’t started the jeans but I feel that this will work out really well.
I am going to take a short break for making jeans though. I haven’t been active with painting and drawing and I miss it. I just inventoried my papers, boards, canvases, etc and want to get started on some new work. I will also be posting the remaining work that I have for my etsy page. I also still have a few Kickstarter pieces that just never got finished. The holidays disrupted this and I really should finish this work.
I look forward to making my jeans. Below is a great video that show the details that can go into created jeans. It is a fun process once you can get beyond the fitting aspect. Below is also a place where I am going to post handy blogs/videos/sites that talk about fitting and jeans.