It was tough, but I did it! I’d been talking about making jeans for ages, and I finally got around to it last weekend. The actual construction process went really fast, so if you’re intimidated by the idea of branching out into jeans, don’t sweat it! All you need is a good trouser pattern–the back yoke and pockets are easy to draft–and everything else that makes these recognizable as jeans is just detail work and choice of materials.
These are pretty much the ultimate in practical sewing. I could wear these anywhere–gardening, hiking, on a boat, on the floor putting puzzles together with a five-year-old–and if they get ripped or worn out, they’ll look great with patches. I love them cuffed, as above, but they also look good left loose to hang over my boots. In the summer, I’ll probably wear them with a light blouse or t-shirt tucked in, but lately I’ve been throwing a sweater or heavy plaid flannel button-up on top and that looks great too. They’re a wardrobe godsend.