The “Cat’s Meow” Jeans
Fabric: Stretch Denim approx. $15/m
Pattern: Simplicity 3668
Year: 1940′s repro
Notions: Metal zip for jeans, 4 machine needles, 1 bakelite art deco button exchanged for one childs plastic Samurai sword!
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: May 2012 – Dad’s Birthday Lunch
Wear again? Try and stop me
Total Cost: $45
I am much more au fait with the 50′s as you probably know, but I have been wanting a pair of high-waisted 40′s jeans for ages. I had some fun with 40′s slang in my post this week.
Mena and Debbie have used this pattern, those broads know their stuff. Wow, this pair of pants just flew together! I cut them out and started sewing – 20 minutes later I was trying them on! Hooray! Of course it took another 5 hours or so, to finish them properly.
They were a little gapey in the waist so I took them in through the centre back and then moved the darts over, to the centre of the back pieces, as they looked weird, too close together, after my alteration. The waist band was too small – had to remake that. Not sure what went wrong there!
These jeans are the cat’s meow! They make your gams look really long! And totally hide your muffin top! I added 1cm to the outside leg tapering out from hip level to a full 1cm at the hem.
I also added a huge hem to finish with approx 7cm cuffs – as I noticed these was a feature of some 40′s jeans in my research. I wish I had noticed that they often just left the raw selvidge at the sides, that would have looked keen. But I cut mine in the middle of the fabric so I had to finish them properly. I am not sure if I will keep this feature – I would love your opinion on whether to keep them or not.
I used a metal zip because they are very heavy weight denim. I sew with an industrial sewing machine which is great for this kind of thing. I think I dug out my leather needles and used them to attach the waistband and top stitch it. There was quite a lot of “hand wheeling” going on but I broke lots of needles sewing through the bulk.
All the photos on this post were taken by my dad in Sydney for his birthday this week – we went out for a Yum Cha lunch before the photos (that explains the creases in the jeans) thanks Dad – wonderful job. Time to scram and make birthday cake.