Does the mere thought of sewing a fly zipper give you a hot flash?
There are many steps, but each single step was easy. If you’ve not done this before, don’t be afraid. The instructions included with this pattern were pretty good.
My disclaimer; I received this pattern and the piece of beautiful stretch denim from Distinctive Sewing Supplies in exchange for blogging about my experience. Please know that the opinions expressed will be my own.
I had one moment when what I thought I was reading, wasn’t. Step 24(a) reads: On right side of front, top-stitch 3 mm (1/8’’) right of center front (fig. 24a – view from right side of front.
As you see it, not as you wear it.
After that it was clear sailing. So clear, that I forgot to stop and take photos. Duh! And I specifically chose a light blue zipper so it would show up in the pics. Double Duh!
I’m going to do a separate post on just the fly zipper. I owe you!
And here it is, a 2 page printable PDF Fly Tutorial Jalie 2908
The waistband is sewn to the inside of the jeans first, then top-stitched into place. Before I did the top-stitching, I slipped a square of medium weight fusible interfacing between the layers in the area of the buttonhole placement. And fused it place with a hot steamy iron.
I sewed the bottom of the waistband to the right side with matching thread BEFORE I top-stitched. Just in case. And guess what? I had to un-stitch a bit and re-do it. The waistband is cut on the bias, and I had a ripple.
The top end of the belt-loop gets tucked under by 3/8 inch. I found it easier to mark the cutting line AND the fold line.
Then I sewed back and forth a few times following the same line as the top-stitching.
My first attempt at the buttonhole was pretty crooked. And yes, I did make a sample on scrap denim first. So was my 2nd and 3rd attempt. This fabric took to picking out really well, thank goodness. I decided to choose a different style of buttonhole and it worked perfectly.
All the sewing is complete.
All that remains is to attach the “jeans button”, and take some pics.
I started and ended my top-stitching there, so it doesn’t show when I wear them.
In spite of the fact that my waist measures 2 inches larger than the pattern, (I made size “Y”), the fact that the waistband is cut on the bias makes it work for me.