Wednesdays with Kenneth: Final Assembly
The next few months I’m sewing along with Kenneth D. King. A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up through the Craftsy online community to learn how to recreate our favorite jeans. Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.
Can you believe we only have a few raw edges left on these jeans and one last piece to add (the waistband, in next week’s class)?! (Likely you can, since I’ve been making these jeans for months now!)
This week’s class was great for walking through good assembly techniques. Again and again I’m learning that there’s a proper order when sewing the inseams and crotch seam in pants. The key is to sew the crotch seam after the inseams and side seams have been sewn. Through the last two classes, Kenneth has been giving us some good tips so that it’s easy to get that tricky crotch seam sewn just right.
But, again, his top stitching directions deviate from those of traditional jeans. And, again, I realized too late. Kenneth has you sew the side seams first and then top stitch them in place. Since you can’t add top stitching to the leg seams you sew second, his inseams are left plain. He explains that he likes adding the top stitching to the outside since it adds decoration to the side that’s seen the most. But, traditional jeans have the top stitching along the inseams and only a short stretch of top stitching on the side seams just behind the front pockets. In the future if I’m copying another pair of ready-to-wear jeans, I’ll make sure to sew the inseam first. But, I have to admit I actually don’t mind the top stitching along the side seam! I hope my friend won’t either!
Next week will be the big reveal as I finish up these jeans and hand them over to my friend – she’s even agreed to a photo shoot! I can’t wait!
If you’re interested in taking this class yourself, follow this link for 40% off Jean-ius: Reverse Engineer Your Favorite Fit with Kenneth D. King.