Birthday pants

Yesterday was my husband’s 41st birthday! We made a little celebration in the morning, blowing candles and eating ice cream cake. Sidra gave my husband a handmade card with his own drawing on it and a little gift.

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Pumila MenAfter they left for work and school, I sewed a pair of pants for my husband’s present. Once again I use Men’s Jeans pattern from Pumila that I have made three times before. I wanted a more formal look this time so I didn’t use denim. The fabric is grey wool blend and I think it will be perfect for fall/winter. The wrong side of the fabric is smooth and has a bit of purple tone on it.

The pockets are changed back to slanted pockets as in the original pattern and the hem flared a little bit. I lined the pockets and waistband with striped lurik Indonesian fabric. The look is quite simple, no contrast topstitching or details.

I finished the pants in the afternoon and presented them to my husband when he came back from work. I was a bit worried about the fit because my husband never tried them on for fitting, it was supposed to be a surprise!

Fortunately the fit was wonderful! I guess making them four times in a row really did pay off. My husband loves the pants, especially the slightly flared hem. He’s wearing them to work right now.

Happy birthday, sayang! (it’s a nickname for the loved ones in Indonesian language, like ‘honey’ or ‘darling’) ♥♥♥

 

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Pattern is Men’s jeans from Pumila (paper pattern), altered.

Men’s Denim Pants

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A new pair of pants for my husband that I finished last week. The pattern is Men’s Jeans from Pumila, a Japanese pattern shop, with the same alteration as his previous jeans. The fabric is 8 oz Indigo denim by Robert Kaufman from Whipstitch fabrics, one of my Spring Top prizes.

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Since the weight of the fabric is only 8 oz, the pants are quite thin. I forgot to take this into account and didn’t interface the waistband. As a result, the waist area got a little bigger after a while and is not as snug as before. I think I will take it apart and fix it later. But other than that, my husband said that the pants, especially the fabric, are really comfortable. The fabric is 100% cotton as well, so this pair of pants is perfect for these hot and humid summer days.

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Prym rivets and jean buttons

Prym rivets and jean buttons

I use Prym rivets and jean buttons on this jeans. They come as kits pictured here, you make a hole on the jeans, put the rivet and the backing through the hole and hold them with the white plastic thing. Then you just pound the white plastic thing with a hammer.

These Prym kits are very practical, but I find the rivets and button styles are a bit limited. Next time I will try ordinary rivets and use heavier fabrics. Although my husband feels that the pants are comfortable, I think I prefer the look of heavier denim fabric.

Pattern is Men’s jeans from Pumila (paper pattern), altered.
Fabric is 8 oz Indigo denim by Robert Kaufman from Whipstitch fabrics

 

While we’re in the subject of making jeans, this is how Roy makes real jeans, found via Nikkishell:

Roy’s Jeans – Video by Self Edge from Self Edge on Vimeo.

Men’s Jeans

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I finally finished my husband’s jeans! It seems that everyone has finished their jeans, and Peter has even gone to another adventure in making pajama and playing with his serger. But it is still May, so I guess I’m not too far behind the sew-along…. (^_^;)

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Wearable muslin

The pattern is Men’s Jeans from Pumila, a Japanese pattern shop. If you still remember my muslin, this is my problem with this jeans pattern. There are a bit of pulling and wrinkles around the back crotch area. I have no experience in fitting pants (I only made dresses!), so I really had no clue what to do about it. It seems that a lot of my husband’s pants also have this problem.

I examined several of his pants that have less of this problem, and compared it to the muslin. It turned out that the Pumila pattern has straighter curves than the other pants. My husband is a bit prominent around the bottom area, so that might be the problem.

I added more curves around the back crotch and length on the ‘fork’ area. The crotch is also lowered a bit because it seems too high in the muslin. And maybe that was causing the wrinkles?

Other alterations made were per my husband’s requests: making bigger back pockets and changing the straight shape to a slight bootcut by decreasing the knee around 1 cm all around and added about 2 cm to the width of the hem. I also changed the front pockets to jean’s style instead of slanted pockets like the original pattern and made button fly instead of zipper fly. I used this helpful tutorial on Peter’s blog on how to make button fly.

The fabric was found in a little fabric store near my house. It sat on a dusty shelves with lots of various fabrics. This is a small store owned by an old couple, so it’s not a chainstore. The fabric was less than 10 USD for the whole pants. I thought I can use it as a muslin if it was not a good denim, but after it was sewed and finished, it looks so good!

The alterations I made seem to work out, no more pulling and wrinkles! My husband really liked the jeans when I showed it to him last night. The fit was good and he said they were really comfortable. He liked them so much that he wanted to wear them this morning to the office, so I hemmed the jeans rightaway. He already asked for another pair of jeans. I’m very happy!
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I use the selvedge area for waistband to avoid bulk, but at the end I think it doesn’t look too good. Next time I will fold the seam allowance under like in RTW jeans. The topstitching thread is special thread for jeans, made in Japan. It is not as thick as topstitching thread in RTW jeans, my machine has no problem handling it. I love the contrast between the burnt orange against the dark denim.

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A bit of red on the back pocket. The pocket lining is quilting cotton with newspaper print.

Pattern is Men’s jeans from Pumila (paper pattern), altered a bit.

PS: Thank you for all the comments in my previous post! Still can’t believe that I won, the top I made is so simple! Rae just sent me email this morning, informing of these prizes that I won. Oooohhh! (^O^) (+_+)

Jeans sew-along: Wearable muslin!

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Coming late for the MPB Jeans Sew-Along, but I finally finished the first muslin for my husband’s jeans. The brushed cotton twill was only 1 m, so the muslin is cropped as I only need to check the fit around waist and hip area. The finished jeans will be full-length.

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Cracking the secret codes

The pattern is Men’s jeans from Pumila, a Japanese pattern shop (paper pattern). They have 5 sizes, but when I checked the measurement chart, my husband is in the biggest size (L). He’s not very big, I wonder if Japanese men are usually small?

I love that the pattern is printed on medium weight paper, which is more durable than tissue paper. It also came with instructions in Japanese, that I don’t understand. I only looked at the drawings and tried to understand them. It was fun though, as if I was cracking some secret codes.

I didn’t make any changes to the pattern other than shortening the legs. My husband tried them on yesterday and they fit quite well. The waistband sits a bit lower than his usual jeans, but he said he didn’t mind. I personally prefer pants that sits lower like this so I’m quite happy with it. The waistband is a bit wide (5 cm), and it doesn’t stay up around the button/buttonhole area. I think I need to reduce the width for the finished jeans.

The front of the pants are quite okay, but there are wrinkles around the crotch on the back. I don’t know if it’s okay as I’m quite clueless about pants fitting. However, my husband said the the pants are very comfortable.

Overall I’m quite satisfied with the pants, and sewing it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I also had the chance to practice installing my first jeans button! It makes the pants have the RTW look, I love it. Can’t wait to start on the real jeans now!

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Pattern is Men’s jeans from Pumila (paper pattern).

 

 

Getting back into track

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Most of the blackout schedule had been cancelled because people has helped by conserving the use of electricity. But we finally had our first blackout last week. We put on candles and Sidra played with the flashlight, making funny faces. Then we rolled out the monopoly board and had a game. Sidra only complained that he couldn’t see the rice when we ate dinner, but he concluded that ‘blackout is fun’, and started to ask when we will have blackout again (-_-;)

This week felt like the longest week in my life, something that was shared by many people here. Life is slowly coming back to ‘normal’, although the thought that everything can be gone in just a moment is still lingering in the back of our minds.

I didn’t do any sewing this whole week, and even got my guest post for Once Upon A Thread rescheduled to next week (thank you for the understanding, Katy!). The reason was I didn’t feel like doing anything, and the other was sort of guilty feeling to use electricity while it is needed in other areas. I also looked like a slob all day, dressed in track pants, T-shirt, and old cardigan, ready to run outside when the quake warning started. I looked in the mirror this morning, and noticed my wrinkly pants and uncombed hair. I didn’t like what I saw. This doesn’t do any good for anyone, so I promised myself to start getting back into track.

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Something that get me excited is the Jeans Sew-along next month over at Male Pattern Boldness. I was feeling very brave and bought this men’s jeans pattern from Pumila, a Japanese online pattern shop -without me knowing any Japanese (Google translate to the rescue!). The pattern came without delay a few days ago. It was a nice feeling to see the delivery man standing outside my door, smiling while handing me the pattern package just like any other day before the quake. For some life has ceased to exist, but for the other life is still going on. And that’s what we can do now.

Thank you so much to everyone who has entered my raffle for Japan Quake Appeal! You can also donate directly, here’s one for save the children earthquake and tsunami relief. However, I need to ask you to please not leaving a comment in my raffle post if you don’t want to enter the raffle. Some people are confused on how to enter because many comments don’t have receipt number. It is also to make it easier to draw a random winner later. Hope you understand! m(_ _)m