Made by me / My makes

Skinny black jeans

A couple of weeks ago I was prepared to toss this project in the bin, but after two dismal, and frankly demoralizing, visits to my favorite jeans store, I decided to give the jeans another try. This is my first attempt ever making a pair of skinny jeans and I had to draft the pattern pretty much from scratch.
All in all I’m pretty pleased, and the fit is way better than the stuff I can currently find in stores. And despite them being tight, the jeans are still comfortable which I credit to the fact that the pattern is custom made for my body.

Side view. There is some small folds of excess fabric going on at the back of the thighs. Ideally I would like to get rid of them, and I’d love to hear suggestions on how to do it.

Kitchen towel punk. The dotted Amy Butler fabric didn’t work with the overall look. Instead I went out to find some black and white checker board fabric, but couldn’t find any, so I bought this red/white gingham fabric that is normally used for things like kitchen towels and cloths.

A little note: Sorry if some of the pictures are a little dark and blurry. The days are so dark and grim right now in Sweden that it’s virtually impossible to get decent photos using natural light. A good flash and some simple studio lamps and reflectors are on my current to do/wish-list.


  • luckylibbet
    January 23, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I like your jeans!

    You asked for suggestions on the minor wrinkles on the back – and the answer is that they are inherent in the style. The only way to eliminate them – at least for normally shaped women, not model-skinny people – is to go for a different style.

    Of course, now someone more knowledgeable than I will come along and tell you how to do it! I’ll check back in case I am proven wrong!

    And I am sorry your weather is so gray and cold… but on the positive side, spring is coming.

  • cidell
    January 23, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Wow. I adore that topstiching and details in the red thread!

  • Lori
    January 23, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Great looking jeans and the red topstitching is fabulous.

  • Cindy
    January 23, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Adorable! You whipped these up pretty quick. I am impressed. Like the Converse shoes with them!

  • Immelu
    January 25, 2009 at 2:03 am

    Using the paper template is BRILLIANT!!!

  • Johanna
    January 25, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Thank you all for the kind comments, and Luckylibbet I’ll go for your explanation, and it means less work for me 🙂 I do have one pair of stretch jeans with no folds in the back, but they are cut super tight, like leggings and I guess the stretch of the fabric makes this possible.

  • Christina
    January 26, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Too cool! I totally dig the red stitching.


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