shoo, fly, don’t bother me

I hope that the first few steps of jeans sewing are the most difficult.

Turns out, putting in a fly zipper is pretty complicated. And when the pattern leaves out a key detail like seam allowance (see my complaints in the previous post)… and the fact that you have to sort of offset the one zipper tape (so that you can hide the zipper and everything will close up flush – does that make sense to you? Photo below)….

Adding a zipper to my jeans
See on the right side of this photo? The zipper is sort of recessed back from the edge? Took me a few tries to get that right.

Yeah, it took me a while. Several days’ worth of naptimes. It’s cool, though. I’m taking extensive notes for the next pair. #wearablemuslin

Things that I’m still mystified about:

  • Good zippers for jeans. The shortest one in Joann’s is still too long, far too long. If you sew jeans, do you usually order the zippers online?
  • Good buttons for jeans. Joann’s, again, had only 2 choices and I wasn’t in love with either of them (looks-wise).
  • How to use a twin-needle with my machine. That would cut my sewing time down pretty drastically, and make my top-stitching more even and professional-looking.
  • Will the gosh-darn things fit? Contrary to a normal wearable muslin, I’m going whole hog with this pair – finishing the edges, doing all the techniques. I want to test-drive it all. I’m subbing in flat-felled seams, for one thing, and trying out a different finishing stitch on my machine. It’s basically science, y’all. Hypothesize, test, and test again.

I also want to know how these new seams & finishing touches wear. Which ones are going to fall apart in the wash, which stress points tear first? I’m in it to win it with this jeans game. I will bet you a big, fat load of Party Points that I tear a hole in the first two weeks.

Nothing like optimism, right?

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My training as an artist encourages me to see knitting as a canvas for all kinds of surface design, so I'm teaching myself to grade patterns and hope to release my first collection soon. I'm currently raising a Little One, and working knitting in wherever it fits!

2 thoughts on “shoo, fly, don’t bother me”

  1. Your edge stitching is perfectly spaced and straight. Zipper looks good. If you can’t find the right length zipper, buy a longer one and cut it off. You are so brave. Love you.

    1. Ooh! Can I cut it off without it falling apart or something? I’ll have to Google that. Thanks for the advice & love you, too, Grandma!

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