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March 5, 2017

THE GINGER JEANS JOURNEY...

...ok, since making jeans is a new journey for me, I think I need to document my process.  I am getting a WHOLE LOT of help from my new SMTgr friend Tonya Martin; from choosing my pattern size, making adjustments (especially in the crouch area), construction and installing the hardware.  I'm a firm believer that "when the student is ready - the teacher will appear", thank God for that!


I am doing lots of research too - there's a magnitude of information out there.  Another one of my favorite virtual teachers is Peggy Sagers.  In this video she talks about treating denim with Coke, fitting, pocket placement, and zipper construction.

 
This might help others, and it helps me because I won't have to search for the video again since I have it posted here.  On with the journey...

26 comments:

  1. Hi Faye! I am taking the ginger jeans online class. I've had some setbacks though. My printer wasn't working and the pattern printed to small and did not realize until I went to try them on! I've had a printshop do pattern for me and I am cutting out today. I'll check back in and see how you are getting on.... good luck!!

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    1. So very sorry that happened to you! Good luck to you too. I hadn't even thought about the online class. Does it teach anything about fitting especially the crouch area?

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    2. Faye, based on Heather's description of the course, she did mention she would review "fitting" in detail.

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    3. Thank you so much for the information Tonya!

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  2. I made my first pair before Heather did the online class and I used the construction part of the Kenneth D. King Genius class. I found it very helpful. I sure I will eventually use the copying part for another project.

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    1. I never did get the Genius class. So glad your jeans turned out nicely!

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  3. Great post and video Ms. Faye! Thanks for sharing! I am taking this journey with you! Although I've made a few pair before, I truly need to refresh my skills! Good luck and I am praying for great success for both of us!

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    1. Oh Myra thank you very much! I'm wishing great success for the both of us!

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    2. Both of you ladies are so talented! I'm sure your jeans will look great!

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    3. Thanks Ms. Vanessa! You are too!

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  4. Vanessa thasnks for the compliment! Mayra has more experience with jeans than me, and everything she makes is gorgeous! I want to really enjoy this experience, get a nice fit and a nice finished result BUT I will be glad to finish and have the first pair behind me too.

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    1. Thank you Ms. Faye! You are so sweet and I know you will be just fine! Don't put too much pressure on yourself...this is your first pair and you've made pants before. Think of it as just another pair of pants!

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  5. Thanks for sharing Peggy's video about the cokey process!

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    1. You are welcome Alethia. I did try it today and it did work!

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  6. I am working on these very jeans myself! I am making the high-waisted version. I look forward to seeing your version. Thanks so much for the video.

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    1. I know your's will be wonderful Tomasa. I'm proceeding with caution and making a trial pair first.

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  7. Sending you good vibes for success in your jeans journey. I'm looking forward to each post about it. Good luck, Faye!

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    1. Thank you so much Samina!

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  8. Good luck with this journey. I still don't have the courage to attempt making jeans. I can't wait to see how they turn out.

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    1. I'm still mustering up the courage. Planning to cut soon though.

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  9. Best wishes with your ginger jeans.. [I really need to bite the bullet and try making jeans.. that really scares me.lol]
    Thanks for sharing the info.

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  10. I signed up for the Ginger Jeans class. Have not taken time to start it. I look forward to seeing your jeans when complete. Thanks for sharing the video from Peggy Sager.

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    1. I guess it would benefit me to sign up too Linda.

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  11. Can't wait to see your finished jeans! I know that I love mine and vowed never to buy another pair of RTW jeans. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Margo! I hope I feel the same way about mine when finished.

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