White Jeans on Labour Day!

 I've squeaked in just under the wire, with my white jeans finally completed for Labour Day! Believe me, they've been a long time coming.

I was zipping along, and ready to attach the waistband, when I tried these babies on, and had the oh no moment. The rise was far too high, and I like a high rise! But these just looked weird, especially with the more relaxed leg I was trying out. So, out came the nicely installed fly, off came the back yokes (already serged and topsitched, oh yes), and then came the procrastination. I'm a one project at a time kind of sewer, pretty much, so they just sat there waiting for a couple of weeks, abandoned at the machine, holding other potential sewing hostage.

But they are done now, here are the photos to prove it:
I'm only tucking my shirt in for blogging purposes.
Probably more like this in real life.

Yes, there they are. And not too many leg wrinkles! 
The back - looks pretty normal.
 I used my self-drafted pattern, and made a few improvements along the way. Time consuming improvements, but worth it in the end, I think.

Rise - lowered to a mid-rise.
Fly - used the Grainline Maritime shorts method, since it was fresh in my mind. Worked out fine, both times!
Topstitching - I chose a very light grey topstitching thread from the Guterman brand. They have quite a few colours to choose from. I could have gotten away with one spool, but for the unpicking.
Leg - not my usual skinny. I took off about 1" from the back inseam and outseam from the original block. They are comfortable, but I prefer the skinny jean, so any future pairs will probably be narrower again.
Pockets - it is very tricky to position back pockets on ones' self. But I think they are pretty good, if a bit closer to the yokes than I had planned. And the front pocket bags continue to the the centre front and are enclosed by the fly shield and facing. I love this method, and will definitely handle front pockets this way in future.

Metal zipper and button.

Fun pocket stitching!
So, all in all a success in the end. Will I wear these? Possibly not too often, but I wanted something to wear with blue and navy tops, to avoid the all blue effect.

This wraps up my summer of sewing, but I have some great projects lined up for fall that I'm really excited about. Now it's just a question of finding the time...

Until next time!


  1. I like a high rise too, but I always cover it up! I thnk you could wear the mid rise. The jeans are so nicely made and look super :)

    1. Yes, that's my usual combo, too. And these are definitely still on the higher side of mid :) If it stays warm, I'll try and give them a spin this week.

  2. These look amazing, Chloe! I'm not such a fan of the high-rise myself. I mean, I love it on other people but I find they look weird on me, for some reason. Or maybe I just need to get used to it.

    1. Thanks Adrienne! As for the rise situation, I say to each her own - what works for you might not work for me & vice versa. Thank goodness there are more choices now, even without sewing for ourselves.


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