Remember those orange jeans?
It turns out that orange twill I was using had no stretch. I got all the way to the waistband and hemming steps, tried them on, and realized my error in thinking I could use a stretch-jean pattern to make a skinny jean with a non-stretch twill. They seemed to only need a little bit more wiggle room, and I thought I could squeeze out just enough if I took the seams down from 3/8″ to 1/4″. Easy. Except taking out layers of heavy jeans thread from both the seam stitching and the top stitching, especially around curves, required a fine balance between strength and delicacy. I didn’t quite find the right balance and heard a horrid rip when my seam ripper went into the fabric. I stitched the seams back up anyway just to see whether the jeans would even fit now (they do) and how bad the rip in the fabric was (pretty bad). Now I’m contemplating possible saves. The best solution might just be to recut the jeans for someone smaller (like my little niece?), though I have been trying to wrap my head around how to make something as awesome as these jeans from Yoshimi the Flying Squirrel (thanks Tanit-Isis for the link).