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!