One day a few months ago, I was at Jo-Ann Stores shopping for…something. I forget. I’m there, like, all the time. Anyway, they had this metallic snake skin print stretch denim in the Red Tag. I gasped and grabbed it immediately. An employee was nearby and must have seen, because he came over, all covertly, and told me there was a strong possibility all Red Tag fabrics were going to be 50% off the next week. So I shoved the bolt down at the bottom on the pile and prayed no one else would find it before next week. Thankfully, the next week, it was still there, and was, in fact, 50% off. So now, I have snake skin skinny jeans. Wanna see?
The fabric is really nice. I’m always surprised at what I can find in that Jo-Ann Red Tag section. It has quite a bit of stretch to it, and then there is the funky print. The gold “snake” print is actually a shiny metallic. These are not timid jeans. In fact, I kept second-guessing myself while sewing them, wondering if I had the guts to pull them off. But I paired them with some comfortable neutrals, including my sweater-ish Lane Raglan, and I think I love them.
The pattern is my altered Jalie 2908 that I used for my other skinny jeans here and here. I extended the rise on this pair about an inch, so they come up higher. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to also adjust the waist, which should have been cut more narrow, since this pair doesn’t hit me at the high hip, but more towards my waist. So I have to wear a belt, or these slip right down.
The other skinny jeans I’ve made, I’ve just done fake front pockets. But it’s really annoying to not have actual functional front pockets on my jeans. So I went with real pockets this time.
And I made them extra deep, adding a few inches to the Jalie pattern. I don’t know why Jalie has the original pockets so shallow. They hold chapstick, and not much else. I can stick my whole hands in these
And see my measuring tape bracelet? I’ve had it for just over a year and it is my absolute most favorite accessory ever. You can get one from ModCloth here. (affiliate link)
Okay, so I’m going to try to focus more on details and finishing in my sewing this year. Part of that, is going to be showing you the details of my sewing.
First up, zipper fly. I can never find jeans zippers in anything shorter than 7 inches locally. So I always have to trim. I know the Official Zipper Sewing Powers That Be say you’re supposed to be able to use pliers to remove the zipper stops, trim things down, then reattach the zipper stops. Have you ever tried to do this? Were you successful? Did you lose a finger in the process? I just can’t figure out how it’s done. So I use embroidery floss to tie a triple knot around the zipper teeth where I want my zipper to stop, then cut and trim the zipper above, leaving room for the seam allowance. See my little knot up near the top of the zipper? It works for me.
Inside front. You can see my pretty, deep designer pockets. I used some leftovers from my Miss Havisham Garden Party dress, Amy Butler Soul Blossom voile. I also got all fancy with the zipper fly. I wanted to finish the edge with bias tape, to keep it clean and professional. I started cutting some black tape, when I remembered I had this fancy-shmancy gold bias tape. It’s shiny.
Here is the inside back. You can see here a little mistake I made. The yoke pieces are supposed to be sewn to the top of the legs before the legs are sewn together. But I forgot and sewed the center back seam first, then had to go back and sew the two yoke pieces together at the center, then add them to the top of the legs. It doesn’t really make any difference, other than it’s not how jeans are traditionally made and so the seam layering and topstitching are a bit different here. Fascinating, I know. I do flat felled seams at my center front and back, and along my yokes every time. I talk more about why and how HERE, but basically, I want my seams as strong as possibly through this area and so flat felled are the way to go. Plus, they look so nice.
Finally, just a quick shout-out to my amazing friend and neighbor, Camilla. She has allowed me to use her beautiful home and yard as a backdrop so, so many times. This time, I texted her to ask if she’d take some pictures for me again, and when I got to her house, she had set up this incredible “art gallery” scene for me, just because she thought it would be fun. I love her. Also, almost all of this art work was done by either herself or her husband. She’s pretty much the coolest ever.