Pretty Jean Pocket Tips
Making your own jeans can be very rewarding. Although I often make my own patterns, I used Butterick pattern 5682 for this project. I like that it offers several leg width options. Sewing your own jeans not only gives you the opportunity to choose things like leg width but to adjust your pattern to insure the right fit. It also allows you to exercise your creativity by adding special details like the silver, metallic stitching, rhinestones and studs I used on these white jeans.
In addition to the following instructions for adding bling, I’m sharing my own personal tips and shortcuts for making pockets that don’t “bag”, pocket corners that lay flat and even, smooth pocket curves that don’t stretch out and clean fray-free edges. There are many techniques for finishing pants pockets. Mine are ones I’ve used for years because the results are perfect every time. If you don’t like pockets to look home-made, this tutorial may help you. The less time you spend fussing with pockets, the more time you’ll have for fun and creative details! I’m also including my fast and easy method of making belt loops.
step 10 - Front Pockets
Sew stay tape into the curved pocket seam, clipping small slits into the tape so it will follow the curve line. Stay tape will prevent the pocket tops from stretching out. Understitch the seam allowance to the pocket facing close to the seam. Trim the seam allowance to about .25”. I don’t grade this double layer of fabric because I like the slight roll it forms on the pocket edge once it is topstitched.
• Even when your pattern calls for a folded waistband, add a seam allowance to the fold and make the band two pieces. Having a seam on both sides of the band allows you to insert the ends of the belt loops and hide their raw edges in the band.
• Pinning through belt loops to keep them in place on the waistband is sometimes difficult because of the many layers of fabric and interfacing. Use painters tape placed well away from the seam allowance to hold them perfectly straight and in place.
• Keep waistbands from stretching out with wear by sewing stay tape into the seams.
• Like your jeans snug but comfortable? Look for fabric with just a little stretch to it. Test it at the fabric shop before you buy it. If it springs back to shape after stretching, it’s a good choice.
- hot fix rhinestones
- silver thread
- rhinestone applicator
- fusible interfacing
- stay tape
- sewing machine with fancy stitches
At Fabric Store
- 10 square studs
- sewing notions