Distressed Ginger Jeans
The start of autumn always means new jeans. Jeans are the real work horses in my winter wardrobe and even though I work 5 days a week and they only get worn for casual Friday, they are still the most worn item of clothing in my wardrobe. The Levis copies I made in August 2016 have been worn now for 44 days in the last 16 months, since I started keeping records with Stylebook. The black pair of Ginger Jeans I made last year have been worn for 27 days and are still in really tidy condition. I can't say the same for my Levis copies though so it was time for a replacement.
Since making my last pair of blue jeans I have watched Angela Wolf's Sewing Designer Jeans course on Craftsy so this time round I wanted to have a go at distressing using her tutorial. To do this, I used a very fine sandpaper and after I had stitched and ironed each seam and before the top stitching went on I sanded each seam. It was a very time consuming process and turned all my fingers blue in the process but I am really happy with the results. I wanted a naturally worn looking distressing and I think that is exactly what I have ended up with.
I have found in the past that even though I use interfacing in both pieces of my waistband, I do find that over time they tend to stretch out. I have cut the waistband on the straight grain to try and combat this with mixed results, but this time round I added twill tape to the top of the waistband after stitching it and so far this has worked perfectly and even after close to 10 wears I don't need to wear a belt. I will definitely be doing this again. To finish my jeans off I used the button rivets and thread I bought from Aliexpress.