It’s the last tutorial for the sew along today! Are you excited to finish your skinny jeans? Have you all been following along ok? I am really excited to see some pictures from you all. I’ll have a post up tomorrow with the link party, so you can start adding your jeans. It will be open until the end of August for a chance to win a copy of the final pattern.
If you’ve only just joined the Sew Along then the previous posts are:
- Pattern Details and Supplies
- Free 2T Pattern and Prep
- Day 1 – Pockets and Back Yoke
- Day 2 – Half Fly Tutorial
- Day 3 – Leg Seams
This tutorial could be applied to any trousers pattern you are using. I often adapt patterns to include this adjustable waistband. It doesn’t add a lot more time and might mean your trousers you slaved over get a lot more wear, especially if you think they will be worn by siblings later on.
What you will need today:
- Belt loops that we prepared during Day 3
- Interfaced waistband facing
- Skinny jeans – with pockets sewn on and legs sewn up
- 3 buttons – 1 for the main front button – approx. 20mm (3/4″), 2 smaller flat buttons for the adjustable waistband – approx. 12mm (1/2″)
- Buttonhole elastic
- Fabric marker
- Wondertape (optional but recommended)
The waistband method I’m using here has no topstitching on the waistband. Instead it is sewn down by stitching in the ditch along the waistband seam so the stitches are barely visible on the outside. The waistband facing is designed to be wider than the waistband to allow this. The finished pattern will include an option for topstitching as well but if you really want to add some topstitching now I will tell you when to do something differently in the instructions. Note that when I mention the top and bottom of the waistband and facing this is to help if you have a directional print.
ATTACH BELT LOOPS AND WAISTBAND
OK, that was a lot to take in for today. Just take it one step and at a time and take an extra day or two if you need it. Let me know if you’ve got any questions at all. I would love to know what you thought of all of the tutorials and if there is anything you think could be improved. Thank you to everyone who has sewn along and got this far – I am excited to see your creations tomorrow. If you do upload your photos to Flickr so you can add them to the link party then I’d love it if you added them to the Titchy Threads Flickr group too. See you tomorrow!
Okay so I may not have been as dedicated to the sew along as I should have been, in my defense this is my first one. I am going to whip these out today and then I am going to upload them to the flickr group. Thanks again for a great pattern and tutorial, I am going to use my pants for PR&P sew along.
You can take as long as you need, it’s great to have you sewing along. Which PR&P week will you use them for? I’m still trying to decide which ones to go for.
Well now I really wished I had a 2 year old. Everything looks amazing and so easy to follow. The photos are great too. You rock!!!
Thanks Celina! I can’t wait to see what you do when the pattern is ready in bigger sizes 🙂
Finished!! And I love them, fit perfect on my 3,5 year old! Thx for this easy to follow sew along!
I have everything all finished except the button holes and elastic. I Haven’t gotten a chance to go up and get the elastic yet. What width of elastic did you use? You probably have it written in the pattern but I don’t know what I did with the supply sheet.
These are seriously too cute. I’ll be posting pics on my blog as soon as it’s finished. 🙂
Hi Lee. My elastic is 18mm (so just under 3/4″) wide. Looking forward to seeing your jeans!
Thanks! For some reason button elastic is scarce where I live. I managed to find some over the weekend though so I finished it up today. WooHoo! They are adorable! I’m going to have a little mini photo shoot with my little man in them and post pics tomorrow. 🙂
Nearly done! Lots of buttonhole issues though. My Babylock usually does perfect buttonholes but it’s had trouble feeding for all of them on this project. Probably because of the varying thicknesses. I ended up using a zigzag stitch to manually do the inner buttonholes.
Any tips for putting in the main buttonhole on the front of the pants?
Hi Laura. Sorry to hear you’re having trouble. My machine is fine on the inner buttonholes but it did have trouble with the main one on the front. In my case the bulk in the layers caused the lever that drops down for buttonholes to be pushed too soon. I ended up using a regular foot but with a buttonhole stitch. I marked the length I required on the jeans then manually pressed the level when it reached the right length. I haven’t quite perfected this method yet – if and when I do I will do a tutorial. Otherwise I’d just suggest doing it manually.
Discovered this blog and pattern yesterday via Pinterest….decided to cut out pattern pieces tonight….but then I couldn’t stop! And now, apart from sewing on the front button, it is done!! And I love it! My son had his 2nd bday on Monday….Cannot wait to put it on him tomorrow!! Thanks for brilliant pattern and lovely tutorial and help…it was a fun sew
I started to sew clothes for my 2 years old girl, and the first thing i want to make was a pair of jeans, thanks to you i found a free pattern to do it, im from argentina and buy pattern cost me twice the price, so thank you so much, the jeans fit perfect, look perfect and i adore them haha, im going to start the second pair in a corduroy fabric, hope that results beautifull like the first one.
saludos desde argentina…