Let’s enter the world of stretch denim jeans. You know the type that young women want to wear that are made in the USA and cost $175 or more.
But what happens when one of these young married women gets pregnant and she has 4 pair of ultra-cool ultra skin tight jeans and she wants to continue wearing them? She went around town to 4 other seamstresses and no one wanted to tangle with them…until she found me. Here is what I did to make her favorite jeans wearable for the next few months.
Then after measuring for the size and shape of the panel to be made out of swimsuit knit, cut the shape: The front section , the folded edge next to the measuring tape would dip down 2 inches lower since the jeans dropped down in front too. Then a plan was needed to insert 3/4 inch elastic so that it could be added to later if needed. I chose to use my Janome Coverpro coverstitch machine to keep things very flat and stretchy and to make the tunnel first. Then the center back seam, the only seam, would be done last instead of in a circle first and elastic added later.
The fly fronts had their bulk removed by cutting out 2 of the zippers and zipper guards. The two newest jeans were kept in tact and just stitched down flat so the waistband could be added back on later after the baby fat was gone.
The knit panels were double stitched onto the jean top edges and then serged. The center back seams were stitched, serged and then stitched flat across the elastic top to stay flat. I also stitched through the elastic at the side seam areas to keep it from ever flipping over on itself…who needs twisted elastic on a bulging tummy! The finished project with two-way stretch panels and a very happy customer: Since my client is only at the 4 month stage she will be able to wear these almost up until the end as she is over 6 feet tall and very thin and will wear longer blouses and t-shirts to cover the knit sections.
Another denim project came in too but this from a tiny little old lady who can never find jeans small enough or narrow enough in the legs. She has recently found NYDJ brand jeans and bought the size OP without trying them on. Bad news, Mama! What happens when you need 2.5 extra inches? Add a gusset! Let’s open the center back seam. Draw out the dimensions you need…2.5 by 4 inches in dark non-stretch denim from JoAnn’s. The jeans are very stretchy but the gusset will not be for stabilization in the waistband area.
Pin it in place. Stitch it down flattening the patch and topstitching with real jeans thread which will darken once the jeans are washed and the dye runs. The final photo of the inside. I used the original belt loop, opened up to make a narrow facing at the top edge. This way it also helps to keep from stretching and bagging out when she sits for hours playing bridge. All the edges are pressed flat and serged and the label is flipped back into position.
So now we have two happy ladies…one 30, one 80 and I can get back to the brides.
Next time more bridesmaids dresses bought way too big again!
P.S. Good News for the US Thread producers…President Obama has signed legislation to protect our interests in that area: http://blog.trade.gov/2012/10/09/how-new-legislation-will-support-our-textile-industry/