Levis Demi Fit Rub Off



 When I was in the US last year, I bought a pair of Levis Demi Fit Jeans which have become my favourites.  They are designed for those of us who like low rise but have generous backsides.  They are low in the front and generous in the back.  While I generally like my Ginger jeans, they do puddle behind my knees and the leg seam tends to twist.  I am not sure how to fix this so starting from scratch with a tnt pair of rtw seamed to be an easier option.


Rubbing off my Levis was not as difficult as you might think.  I simply pinned plastic to each piece and traced it with a sharpie, adding grain lines as I went.  I then transferred each piece to an actual pattern adding seam allowances.


The fabric I chose was from The Fabric Store.  I had checked the stretch on my jeans and chose the fabric based on it.  As extra insurance I added an extra centimetre to each side seam when I cut my fabric.


Because this exercise involved replicating my original jeans, I cut the waistband across the grain.  I would normally cut my waistband down the grain because I really don't want it to stretch.  I did however cut a curved waistband using my Ginger pattern piece.  I know this wasn't part of my plan, but I know from experience that  a curved waistband fits my sway back better.


Having bought my previous silver hardware from M. Reicht at enormous cost, this time I bought buttons from Aliexpress and also for the first time bought rivets.


I got a little bit over confident when it came to installing the zip and installed it from memory which was a big mistake!  I should have followed the excellent Ginger Jeans instructions.  As it turns out the zip installation is my only disappointment with these jeans.  I love them so much I have bought fabric for more.


These photos were taken after a couple of days of constant wear.  They do stretch nicely so are really comfortable to wear but the recovery is good as well.  I would call that a win!

Comments

  1. I am so impressed with your jeans! And from a rub-off too! They look great on you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! It was quite easy so I am not sure why I hadn't done it before!

      Delete
  2. Great job! These look really good.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I have been watching your jeans progress with interest and I think they may have been the push I needed to do this.

      Delete
  3. These are probably the best jeans I have ever seen you wearing. They are just fantastic! I love the two-colour topstitching. Beautiful job.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I think I have found my new tnt.

      Delete
  4. I am a big fan of the Levis Demi Fit too, so much so that I haven't bothered to make jeans because my Levis suit me so well. So I was very interested to read about your experiences with rubbing off. They look so great, you've got me inspired. Thanks also for the link to your button supplier.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good, I hope you change your mind and give it a go. With good fabric it is worth the effort.

      Delete
  5. Great work - fit like a glove.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! It is nice to have jeans that fit well and are super comfortable.

      Delete
  6. Very well done Andrea. I can see why you are so pleased. They look fantastic.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Those jeans look awesome, well done!
    I love the Ginger instructions but I must say, the Bootstrap Vado is my favourite way to insert a zip.
    I am seriously impressed though...

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love these jeans and that you rubbed off a favourite pair too. Fantastic fit everything.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular Posts