The design challenge for September on the Duelling Designs blog has been all about denim (and jean). We have discussed the characteristics that make denim such a fabulous fabric to work with in the post The Skinny on Denim and discussed the difference between Denim and Jean. For this month’s challenge, I have been detailing the process of creating the Hooded Denim Jacket. This month’s design challenge ties in nicely with Sew Much Talent’s challenge Denim Days. As part of these challenges, we discussed all things denim on episode 31 of That Sewing Blab. Carol Crocker-Ware (@anncie2001 on Periscope) gave us great tips for sewing with denim and a live demonstration. It has been a busy but educational month.
During That Sewing Blab, I also talked about my favourite videos featuring denim. There are a lot of very informative videos about denim on-line so the hardest part was narrowing it down to just a few for the show. I thought it would be handy to list each of the videos in a blog post to make it easy for you to watch them.
So without further ado here are my favorite denim videos.
Sewing Authentic Jeans
By: Angela Kane
This video is the first in a 14 part series on how to make your own jeans. Beginners can follow along to learn step-by-step through details of everything you could possibly want to know about making jeans while experts can refer to individual episodes as refreshers. The video links to her blog www.angelakane.com where she has a supporting ebook and the jean pattern featured in the video for sale. I love Angela’s videos because they are very professional and easy to follow. The fact that her her voice is very soothing is the cherry on top.
Other Videos in the Series
Part 2 – Prepare The Jeans Fly
Part 3 – Stitch the Jeans Fly Zip
Part 4 – Top Stitch & Finish the Jeans Fly Zip
Part 5 – Sewing the Jeans Front Pockets
Part 6 – Sewing the Jeans Back Yoke
Part 7 – The Jeans Back Pockets, Sewing the Logo
Part 8 – Attaching the Jeans Back Pockets
Part 9 – Sewing the Jeans Side Seams
Part 10 – Sewing the Jeans Back & Inside Leg Seams
Part 11 – Preparing the Jeans Waistband & Belt Loops
Part 12 – Attaching the Jeans Waistband
Part 13 – Topstitching the Jeans Waistband
Part 14 – Final Episode, Finishing & Adding the Press Stud Closure
Learn more on Angela Kane’s website: www.angelakane.com
Duplicate Your Favorite Pair of Jeans
By: Tova of Professor Pincushion
This video is the first part in a three-part series which describes how to duplicate your favourite jeans. It does this in detail and in easy to follow steps. I love the Professor Pincushion YouTube channel as it is a high-quality visual encyclopedia bursting with sewing awesomeness and fantastic project ideas. We interviewed Tova on That Sewing Blab, and she is just as lovely as she is talented.
By: Mimi G. Style
To support the release of Mimi G’s new Jeans Pattern (Simplicity 8222) she has created a series of videos that step you through the process of making the jeans. Prom prepping the fabric to finishing Mimi G. covers everything you need to know in her sew-a-long. This series is a lot like the other videos on her YouTube channel bright, well edited and very informative. I absolutely love that her jeans pattern comes in three different styles curvy, regular and slim. It is refreshing to see a jean pattern that recognises that not all women have the same body type.
Follow Mimi G’s blog for more information.
Sizing Jeans for the Curvy Girl Bottom
By: Andrea of Sew to Fit
I have always had problems buying jeans because if they fit my waist, they are too tight on my hips. This video is for all the pear shaped ladies out there. Andrea details how to alter bought trousers so that they fit your body while giving us tips to sewing with denim. From the bottom (pun intended) of my heart, I thank you, Andrea!
Her short YouTube video Choosing Thread for Denim is worth a watch too.
I love Andrea’s videos. In both her live Periscopes, and her YouTube videos, she delivers great tips and techniques with her signature style. She is knowledgeable, authentic and the Queen of Fit! Check out her YouTube channel and the Sew to Fit blog for more fitting and sewing GOLD.
How to Sew with Denim
By: Simplicity Video featuring Joy Macdonell
Simple straight forward quick tips about sewing with denim. Great for the beginner sewist or as a refresher if you have not sewn with denim for a while. Joy gives you 5 tips to sewing with denim and a short demonstration on sewing flat felled seams. The Simplicity channel has videos covering how to use their patterns, how to sew garments, costumes, DIY and much more.
Sewing Over Bulky Seams
By: Colleen of Fashion Sewing Blog TV
Sewing jeans with their bulky seams can be tricky. Colleen gives a quick and handy tip for sewing bulky seams. Her no Jean-a-ma-jig needed method is quick and easy. Thanks, Colleen I have used this tip two times already. I love Colleen’s informative videos and am always on the lookout for her next.
A Huge Thank You
Thank you to everyone who gave me permission to use their video links or to embed their videos in this post. Thanks for allowing me to do so and thank you for creating such amazing content!
I have added all the videos to a playlist on the Duelling Designs YouTube channel and will be adding more amazing denim videos to the playlist as I find them.