I made a new pair of jeans for my husband! I usually use Pumila Men’s Jeans pattern (from A Japanese shop, now closed), but I wanted to try other pattern. This is Kwik Sew 3504, from the pattern envelope: “Men’s jeans have fly zipper, waistband with belt carriers, back yoke, back patch pockets, front pockets, a coin pocket, and topstitching detail. View A legs are straight cut and View B are boot cut.” .
Unlike his previous jeans where I made muslin first, this time I just dived into the precious denim with bravery (I don’t like making muslins!). The denim was bought in Okadaya, Shinjuku. It has interesting herringbone pattern that gives the fabric a rather stripy texture. I cut view B, the boot cut, in size M without alteration at all.
The rivets are from a Japanese online shop, Citron Jeans. I’m very happy to find this shop because it means I don’t have to spend a hefty amount for shipping fee if I bought them from overseas. Of course I can buy them in Shinjuku, but a trip there means 1-2 hours train trip. My package from Citron Jeans reached me just one day after I placed the order. They also have jeans making kit with enough fabric for one pair of jeans, belt loops, zipper or button fly, label, and tag. I bought one kit for my husband’s next pair. The site is entirely in Japanese, but Google translate make everything better!
Back to Kwik Sew 3504! I’ve read the reviews that praise the instructions, and they are indeed very good! I especially love the zipper fly instructions, it’s a bit different that I usually do but so easy. I will make my fly this way from now on.
The fit is spot on. I’m very happy with it because I did a lot of alteration when I made his first jeans with Pumila pattern. My husband said this is the most comfortable jeans he had ever wear. Of course it doesn’t mean that one is better than the other. I noticed that the Kwik Sew pattern has more curves around the crotch than the Pumila one, so it is just that my husband’s body type is more suitable with Kwik Sew than Pumila.
Making jeans is kind of a big project for me with the thick fabric, pants fly, the topstiching details, rivets and button, but I really like it! I enjoy concentrating on all the details and feel myself immersed. I also found out that I love sewing with non-stretch thick denim like this but I prefer to wear stretch jeans for myself. For my self satisfaction, I’ve already planned to make another pair for my husband. Isn’t it great? I look like a devoted wife putting all the her time and energy into her husband’s pair of jeans while actually I’m just enjoying myself! \(^_^)/
Pattern is Kwik Sew 3504 view B, size M.
Anyway, this is how his Pumila jeans look right now after two years of wearing. I like all those fade marks!