Tight Lipped Tuesday #11


Guess what I’m having another stab at.

If I can make a coat, IΒ  can blooming well make jeans to fit me.

I’m making them in the same size as before but, this time, there’s more stretch in the fabric so I should be able to bend my knees which I find comes in useful.

Fingers crossed


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  1. #1 by claire93 on April 2, 2019 - 08:53

    I’m sure a coat must be one of the most difficult sewing tasks so yup, you made a brilliant job of your coat, there’s no reason you can’t make a gorgeous pair of jeans that fit!

    • #2 by tialys on April 2, 2019 - 11:07

      No reason really but the fit is much more important – and visible – on jeans as well as all that topstitching going on. Still, I will take it step by step.

  2. #3 by thecontentedcrafter on April 2, 2019 - 09:03

    It is awfully handy being able to bend your knees! I shall expect a photo proving success πŸ™‚

    • #4 by tialys on April 2, 2019 - 11:05

      It is unless you want to spend the whole day standing up 😡
      There will definitely be photos – whether it’s a win or a lose – you know me, I like to keep it real.

  3. #5 by katechiconi on April 2, 2019 - 09:04

    Love the fabric! Fingers crossed you are victorious in the battle of Tialys vs the Jeans Pattern!

    • #6 by tialys on April 2, 2019 - 11:04

      I am determined not to let it beat me. If it does, I might have to go with a different pattern as not everybody (although almost everybody) found the fit great on these.

      • #7 by katechiconi on April 2, 2019 - 11:14

        I’m sure you’ll make a lovely job of them, but the fit is all important, isn’t it? I bet those of us built like a brick with legs would not find them becoming. I do wish I had a waist again!

      • #8 by tialys on April 2, 2019 - 11:27

        I like to wear jeans quite tight so the fit is ultra important. I’ll swap you a bit of waist for a bit of bum πŸ‘–

      • #9 by katechiconi on April 2, 2019 - 11:28

        Oh, I can spare plenty of that! Plenty….

      • #10 by tialys on April 2, 2019 - 12:34

        It’s unfair distribution!

      • #11 by katechiconi on April 2, 2019 - 13:25

        Ha ha ha!

  4. #12 by nanacathy2 on April 2, 2019 - 09:25

    Is that denim? It’s lovely fabric. Course you can do it, I have infinite faith in you.

    • #13 by tialys on April 2, 2019 - 11:02

      It is a type of denim and quite stretchy. I’m wondering whether I’m avoiding plain denim because the gold top stitching will be much more visible. I’m using silver grey topstitching thread for this pair as I think it goes better with the design (plus, it will blend in better ;))

  5. #14 by Dartmoor Yarns on April 2, 2019 - 11:34

    Love the fabric!
    I’m not understanding this knee bending challenge though. In the 80s jeans were made of non stretchy denim and I (and I’m sure I wasn’t alone in this) used to pin them inside out as close to my legs as possible then seam them to make them as tight as possible – but somehow I could still bend at the knees .

    • #15 by tialys on April 2, 2019 - 12:32

      I don’t know about you but my knees were a lot more bendy in the 80s 🀣
      I used to have a Saturday job in the Kings Road in a perfume and cosmetics shop. The whole building was a sort of open plan set up so each individual shop was open to the communal passageway and you could just step into the adjoining units. The unit opposite ours was a jeans shop and I remember putting on a pair of jeans then lying down on the floor while the (male) assistant zipped me up into them. I was then levered into a standing position. All this in a public space πŸ™„ After half an hour or so, I no longer felt as if my internal organs were being compacted into a tiny space and they moulded themselves to my shape until I washed them and then the whole process had to start again. I think it’s probably in the nature of denim to do that.
      The first pair I made wasn’t really in a proper denim so I don’t think they will ever willingly mould themselves to any part of me

      • #16 by Dartmoor Yarns on April 2, 2019 - 17:37

        Can’t remember how bendy my knees were in the 80s but I do remember my mum pulling my zipper up with hook of a wire coat hanger while I lay on the floor most mornings.

      • #17 by tialys on April 2, 2019 - 17:59

        And to think how we are so disbelieving and disapproving when we watch a period drama and see those ladies of old who had a maid put a foot in the small of their mistress’s back all the better to lace the corset even tighter.

      • #18 by Dartmoor Yarns on April 2, 2019 - 21:58

        That’s a most excellent point!

      • #19 by nottaholiday on April 3, 2019 - 01:53

        I remember those days!! Nowadays if we did that all the excess flesh just cascades over the waistband… oh dear.

      • #20 by tialys on April 3, 2019 - 09:35

        ‘cascades’ – makes it sound as if it would be such a beautiful sight.

      • #21 by nottaholiday on April 3, 2019 - 11:52

        Ok…we’ll go with that πŸ˜‰

  6. #22 by KerryCan on April 2, 2019 - 14:07

    You go, girl! I knew this would be a problem you felt a need to solve!

    • #23 by tialys on April 2, 2019 - 18:06

      It’s an itch I need to scratchπŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ‘–

  7. #24 by mlmcspadden on April 2, 2019 - 14:10

    Love that fabric! Good luck in getting the jeans to fit and still allow you to bend the knees!

    • #25 by tialys on April 2, 2019 - 18:03

      It’s a bit different isn’t it? I want to get really proficient before I tackle a plain indigo pair with gold top stitching.

  8. #26 by Laurie Graves on April 2, 2019 - 14:32

    Yes, bending knees is important. Good luck!

  9. #28 by magpiesue on April 2, 2019 - 19:51

    Love that printed denim! I have my fingers crossed for you too that this version turns out a better fit. πŸ™‚

    • #29 by tialys on April 3, 2019 - 09:44

      So do I Sue, otherwise I don’t know what I’ll do with them. I’ll have to start a hand-made jeans shop.

  10. #30 by kathyreeves on April 2, 2019 - 20:01

    I think that stretch will make a big difference for you. I love the fabric and thread combination!

  11. #32 by sew2pro on April 2, 2019 - 23:26

    That will look great with silver topstitching. Bon chance!

    • #33 by tialys on April 3, 2019 - 09:38

      I’m doing the top stitching on an old 1950s Singer electric machine my friend gave me – it had been her Mum’s. It makes life easier to have two machines threaded up – one with ordinary thread and the other with top stitching thread. I have those and my overlocker in a little semi circle in my sewing room.

  12. #34 by nottaholiday on April 3, 2019 - 01:56

    Good luck, after that ..bras

  13. #36 by craftycreeky on April 3, 2019 - 20:30

    Love the fabric! Good luck πŸ™‚

  14. #37 by lovelucie1 on April 6, 2019 - 08:24

    Good luck!!! I shall be watching 🧐

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