Thursday, 27 March 2014

Minerva make - Black is back baby!

I've been wanting a 'dressy' pair of black jeans for a while. Minerva Crafts have the fabric and hardware so you can get everything you need in one place. The black denim from Minerva paired well with Vogue 8774.

Winnie made her fab Jamie jeans last month and they look great. Kate also made wonderful boyfriend jeans too.

It's the jeans hardware that is difficult to get in one place. How and where you apply the hardware is where you make your jeans your own. 
 I've made jeans before and they were casual so I could wear sneakers with them. These are the dressy pair because the hem is lower and I can wear these with heels. These shoes needed an outfit :)
I've put the rivets at the top of the back pockets and on the front pockets.

Here's a close up of the rivets and the pin placed there the centre back belt loop will be positioned.
One of the interesting features of this pattern is the back belt loops are sewn into the base of the back yolk.
And I've used the pocket stitching template for the back pocket stitching.
Again, here's where you can put your own stitching design on the back pockets. I've seen back pocket stitching that's gone onto the jeans fabric too.

I did a fair bit of jeans back pocket research at the local second hand clothes markets and the creative options are endless. Fabric painting or adding other rivets anywhere are all options you can use. Amy used the skull fabric in her Preppy skull dress.
Did you notice the additional pocket I've placed on the side seam above the knee? It's a cargo pants feature pocket without the bulk.
The Minerva kit has everything you need for these jeans - Vogue 8874, Top stitching thread, great black non-stretch denim, woven interfacing, the inside skull print fabric, a very secure metal zipper and the ideal metal jeans button and rivets. 
A metal button with ridges is less likely to pop when you sneeze while wearing these jeans #embarrassingexperiencetalking. 
The key thing with these jeans is the pattern is designed for non-stretch denim. Non-stretch denim is cheap to buy and it holds you in. It truly does. 

See how I've taken the pocket from the side seam to the zipper? This is what 'holds' you in at the front. This 'stay' keeps you in place. Nifty huh? No need to wear spanks.

Below is how I adjusted the pocket to form the waist stay.

Above is my usual sway back adjustment and increased thigh room #cyclistthighs.

Now you can see why I wanted a dressy pair of black jeans to get me from summer to autumn in one make!
These tops are New Look 6940 and New Look 6149. 

If you haven't been to the Minerva Crafts blog, you'll be amazed and how much easier it is to use and find out what everyone's been doing. There are over 30 of us who do the crafts we love with the support of Minerva Crafts UK.

35 comments:

Measure Twice Cut Once said...

These look great and go the cyclist legs!



isn't sewing the best where you can make your own version that fits this perfectly? And those shoes totally deserve their own outfit.

beajay said...

Those jeans rock (as do the heels!!) Great outfits.

Linda T said...

Great job on the jeans. You look fabulous in them!

Lori said...

Great job on your jeans, you look fabulous. It is nice to find the hardware all in one place.

Dorothy DotDot said...

Your outfit looks great. Those jeans are a perfect fit. I've plans to make a pair so thanks for the info for locating hardware.

BMGM said...

I'm glad you made those fab shoes a fab outfit!

Margo Bergman said...

Your jeans look so great! My mom taught me that trick about the pocket going from the side seam to the fly.... she would onlly buy jeans or pants with this feature. Smart ladies the two of you! I'm swooning over those shoes!

Sharon said...

Fantastic looking jeans, love the black denim and those shoes!

ks gentry said...

Those jeans are so professional and the fit is perfect! Excellent job! And your shoes! Love them!

Velosewer said...

I should possibly do a series of outfits based on my shoes:)

Velosewer said...

I so love the heels. Thanks.

Velosewer said...

Your too kind.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Lori.
There was no running around prep needed.

Velosewer said...

I hope to see your jeans soon Dorothy.

Velosewer said...

Thanks:)

Velosewer said...

Thanks Margo.
Now that more people know about making waist stays, the number of smart sewers will increase:))

Velosewer said...

Thanks.

Velosewer said...

Thanks KS.

Kelly O said...

Those are some awesome jeans! Great job!

Jenny said...

Ooh-eee! Seriously, I'm so impressed! The fit is so perfect and they are just beautifully made. If I wasn't so hell bent on drafting my own (having second thoughts after reading this post :p) I'd be all over this kit like a rash!

Velosewer said...

Thanks heaps Kelly:)

Velosewer said...

I keep wondering how your jeans are going. I know they'll be great. PS. join the Sydney Spoolettes on facebook when you're thinking about visiting Sydney:)

Sarah Liz said...

They are gorgeous - I love the skull and crossbones fabric inside - so unexpected. The cargo pocket is a gorgeous touch. These fit so nicely for non stretch - I must break out this pattern (it's in the collection). Stays are a must for pants - Burda always uses them.

House Of Pinheiro said...

professional jeans.. my new idol!

Joy said...

These look fabulous, and I love your extra cargo-y pocket!

Jenny said...

The jeans are on hold while I've been making a dress for a wedding & now I've been distracted by Sew For Victory but will crack on with them after that!


I don't really function on FB any more but will head over & join up anyway :)

Melanie Y (Miss Piggy) said...

Wow, jeans - how clever! That's something I cannot ever imagine getting too...super impressed!

KaSchu said...

Gorgeous jeans, they fit so well. One day I will be brave and tackle a pair myself. Fabulous shoes!

Velosewer said...

Burda are very clever in their designs and features

Velosewer said...

You've been one of my idols for a while too.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Joy. I know you're much better at pockets so that's a real compliment.

Velosewer said...

You will Mel. It's really a lot of straight stitching:)

Velosewer said...

Try a practice pair on cheap drill to see how you go.

Ms. McCall said...

Holy cow, the fit is PERFECT on these jeans! Such a great fit in non-stretch fabric is really a feat. Well done!

Velosewer said...

Thanks Ms McCall:) You're too kind.

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