Thursday, 3 October 2013

Another challenge

Yesterday I stumbled upon a new challenge, launched by Sarah Liz of SarahLizSewStyle. Hard to resist!
A garment a month is a realistic target, even when things get busy, so I'm in.

Well it aint't called challenge for nothing, so why not pick a challenging goal for October? I will try to recreate my favorite pair of jeans!

I will be guided through the process by Kenneth D King, couture designer, author and professor at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. And to make things even better, I will follow his lectures from my lazy chair with a glass of wine within reach.

King recorded 11 HD video lessons for the Craftsy platform in which he teaches how to copy your favorite jeans without taking them apart. The lessons will help create a perfect pattern, lots of couture techniques are involved and there's the inmense bonus of learning 'Master Kenneth's no-fail methods of construction'!

My favorite brand decided to restrict the use of trendy and colorful fabrics to skinny jeans, or worse: jeggings. Uh oh. That's a no go for my bodytype. The bootcut is only available in denim, grey or black.
So what if Master Kenneth can help me make that perfect pattern? I could whip up a bootcut in any color of the rainbow! Burgundy, chocolate brown, prints...

According to the label in my jeans the fabric used was 97% cotton, 3% elastane.
I searched my stash and came up with this:

A dark blue cotton with some stretch. Not exactly the color I was looking for, but in case I manage to fail the no-fail methods of construction, it will do as an only-in-the-backyard wearable muslin.

Perhaps I will finish it in time to call it my Apple picking pants!

Happy sewing!


  1. Hi Marianne - this certainly will be a challenge - quite a few of us in the sewing blogosphere have struggled with pants and jeans :)

  2. Oh, yes! Over the years I've made my share of good, bad and ugly pants. It's the ongoing quest for perfection, but I won't give up!

  3. I look forward to seeing you conquer them! I haven't got into that craftsy class yet (that ever growing to watch again list!) - maybe 2014 can be the year of pants! ;)

    1. It's a great class. Kenneth makes it look so incredibly easy!