Friday, August 14, 2009

The Jeans project - Pt 2 Front pockets


The jeans are going forward slowly, but steadily. I did have an illusion when I started that I would be finished in time for the big music festival that starts today
. Silly me.

Anyhow, lets talk about pockets. Of the front variety. Burdastyle has you making one of these for the jeans:


But if you look inside your jeans, the pocket always looks like this:


So that's what we are making today.


First you need to draft the pocket pattern. Which is really easy. Just take a pair of jeans and measure the pocket. Then draft the pocket using the original pattern lining piece as a guide for the hip shaping and curve of the pocket opening. This is how end result will look like. The lower end of the pocket can be a little curved too.


Then you need the jeans fabric lining patch, which looks this and is sometimes, but not always included. Again it's really easy to draft.


Serge the curve of the patch.


Place the patch on top of the lining like this.

Attach the patch using a straight stitch over the serged edge. If you are making a small coin pocket, attach that one now before you continue to the next step.

Place the lining on the pocket opening like this and attach the pocket. Please check that the pocket and the patch will end up in the right place when folded.

Fold over and press.

Topstitch the pocket.

Then sew the pocket lining together using a straight stitch.

Serge the edge of pocket. Then staystich the pocket to the side.

And staystitch the pocket to the waist. Finished!

This method is both quick and easy.

5 comments:

  1. Hei Johanna,

    Tusen takk for en super blogg hos søta bror, eller mer korrekt, søta søster! ;P Vel, nok skandinavisk for nå, dette er jo Internet... :)

    Simply loved your projects on your blog and was thrilled to find the Jeans Project! Making my own "adapted" (for wheelchair use and lots of sitting) and fitted jeans, is one of the things I'd really like to try one day in not too long, I hope. For instance I'd like to try making jeans from a combination of denim and softer stretchy material (e.g. soft stretch on the backside for comfy sitting)... Haven't sewn any clothes for 20 years, so I'll be starting with some easier projects first though...

    So I'd really love to read your tutorials etc., but when I tried entering your zipper tut, I ended out in different places on the blog each time, and not once did I get to the tutorial. Would you please check into this problem? If you could post a different URL or something for me to try, I'd be super happy!

    Your site sure is one I'd like to revisit often for inspiration, as you obviously like stuff I too love, I was more or less drooling watching your slideshow! WOW, how many great items! I hope I'll be able to make similar from watching your pictures, or maybe you have helping articles about those too? Haven't been around to explore it all yet - but I will! You're bookmarked!!! :)

    Again, thanks a lot - it sure is appreciated! Just have to say - it is wonderful how people like you take your time to share your experience the way you do, even with step-by-step instructions so others can enjoy the fruits of your labour too! The net is so wonderful that way, it has pulled out and inspired the "dugnad" spirit in people. I'm using the word here, since as far as I know, there is no English word for this phenomenon (although they do use the word -bee similarly about helping out), so why not borrow this Scandinavian/Norwegian one? There's a long tradition of trading words between (old) Norse and English, both ways, so why not now? Just found out that you do not have a word for "dugnad" in Swedish either, although Finland-Swedish have one, "talko" (See this Wikipedia article http://nn.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dugnad )). The "dugnad" spirit in many ways had died amongst most people in the years up to around 1995 when most of us got net access. Most people just had to deal with their own things, people did not gather to help eachother out for no pay as much as was so common previously. I mean, earlier, if you wanted to redecorate your place, all you needed to do, was to invite to a "dugnad" and friends and family would come and work for some beers and a pizza. And we all returned the favor with what we were best at at a later time. It worked out wonderfully for all. As people got more busy though, things slowly changed for the worse. But already at around 1995 things started changing for the better and look now - people all over the world are pitching in on wonderful websites, all for free, just to share and help others with similar interest! That's one heck of a huge "dugnad", that's for sure! And hopefully, as this gets more integrated in people's mindset, it will spread out to again include all those jobs at home that we so often can't do by ourself, but not necessarily can afford to hire somebody to do... If not, we at least found a different way to extend the same to others online, and that I find of extreme value to the community and mankind. It is a valueable part of culture, I think! So a huge thanks for your contributions!!! :)

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  2. Hej Lotta!
    Roligt att höra att du gillar min blogg! I tried really hard fining a Swedish word too for dugnad, and as you say there is no real equivalent. And thank you for noticing the error on the tutorial. I have fixed it now. Using a stretch/denim combo sounds intriguing. Actually I have seen recently a kind of denim knit in stores that looks almost exactly like regular denim. All the Swedish kids are wearing this now, like denim leggings. I think it's a cotton/polyester/lycra mix. I imagine it's much more comfortable then regular skinny jeans! Maybe that would work for your project?

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  3. I haven't commented earlier because I didn't sit down to really study your tutorial till now. And I don't have any questions! It's very clear and well-photographed. Thank you!

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  4. I'm looking forward to reading this in greater detail when I start my own jeans. I bought fabric and a pattern a while back but so far they haven't screamed sew me now.

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  5. Hi Joanna! I just have to say I love your blog and your line of clothes are just too adorable. I keep coming back to look at them! I am starting my jeans project right now, but before I keep visiting your tutorials to admire and study your work. For me your Anita jeans are just perfect. I have a problem though, I can't seem to access the tutorial pages. Could it be a problem at my end? Thanks and more power!

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