Posted on Tuesday the 8th May 2018 by Saturday Night Stitch
Yes! I finally did it! Guys, I made men's jeans for my other half. And they look pretty good! If you have sewn for a man you will appreciate that their body shapes and movement requirements are quite different. So far I had only made him jogger pants in stretchy fabric. In stark contrast, the AGF Denim Fabric I used has exactly zero stretch on both the cross and straight grain.
This denim is from the Denim Studio collection of Denim Fabrics by Art Gallery. It has 4 colour ways and we chose the blue. It is a thick denim with crosshatch detail on the surface giving it a textured look.
Vogue V8801 is a men's jeans pattern with 2 views - a tapered or boot-legged version. I made the tapered leg view. It’s your standard jean with five functional pockets: two in the back, two in the front, and a small coin pocket inside the right front pocket. It has a slightly contoured waist and a fly zipper closing. Based on the pattern envelope, the required size was 32 waist but my hubs prefers his jeans on the slightly roomier side as he sometimes will cycle to and fro work in them. I traced size 36 and did a tissue fitting which he was happy with.
I found the instructions to be excellent on this pattern. Even the fly zipper, which is something I irrationally fear, was successfully installed without the need for a seam ripper :-). I did flat felled seams on most of the seams except for the in leg. My machine struggled with the belt carriers but thats to be expected when sewing through 6 plus layers of thick denim. Turning the wheel by hand helped with this.
His verdict - Loves the nice deep pockets, the slub texture on the denim, the ability to comfortably do high kicks in them. Not so keen on the fly - he feels the zip ought to be less visible.
I will definitely be making these again with some minor changes at the fly and the length. I took out 2" at the hem so I need to adjust the length on the lengthen/shorten line for next time.
Thank you so much for reading and until next time Happy Sewing!!