Jeans Workshop - Men's & Women's Fit

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Jeans Workshop - Men's & Women's Fit

Begins: Tuesday 23 July 2019

Ends: Tuesday 20 August 2019

Session: 5


Time: 10.00am - 1.30pm

Level: Intermediate

Maximum Class Size: 6

Making a pair of jeans could be your next step to becoming a more accomplished sewer! Everyone owns a pair of well worn jeans but most of us are daunted by the idea of making a new pair ourselves.

With our workshop you will guided through new techniques that are specific to the construction of jeans. You will also learn more about achieving a better fit with sewing patterns and how to alter your pattern. Step by step you will create your very own first fitting pair of self made jeans!

We offer two patterns for you to choose from to use in the workshop. For the men we offer Jedediah Pants by Thread Theory. This pattern with it’s slanted pockets is a classic Chino trousers style but we can show you how to simply change the shape of the pocket to make these the perfect Jeans! These could also be worn by women for a boyfriend jeans fit. The other pattern we offer is the Ginger Jeans by Closet Case which is a classic skinny jeans style with a low or high rise option.

Level: This class is suitable for experienced sewers who are confident in using a sewing machine and have made at least three successful garments using sewing patterns before. It is ideal for those who have completed our Introduction to Dressmaking course and would like to start using more advanced commercial dressmaking patterns.

Here is how the course is broken down into five sessions - each session will uncover new skills and techniques.

Session 1

  • Measure up and choose which size to cut

  • Cut your paper pattern and your fabric

  • Basic construction of your jeans using a basting stitch

  • Session 2

  • Fitting consultation

  • How to make adjustments to the pattern

  • Make Patch Pockets & Belt loops

  • Construct front faced pockets

  • Create a front fly zip fastening

  • Session 3

  • Main construction of your jeans

  • Session 4

  • Assemble and attach a contour waistband

  • Top stitching

  • Session 5

  • Attaching jeans hardware

  • Button Hole

  • Hemming

  • What To Bring

    For Jedediah Pants

    Fabric 45”/115cm wide: 2.4m
    Fabric 60”/150cm wide: 2.7m
    6” Trouser zip

    Fabric Recommendations: Cotton blends, drill, twill, selvedge denim, non stretch denim or corduroy.

    For Ginger Jeans:

Fabric 45”/115cm wide: 2.3m-2.75m or Fabric 60”/150cm wide: 1.4m-2m
    5”/6” Trouser Zip of Low Rise
    7”/8” Trouser Zip for High Rise

    Fabric Recommendations: Cotton blends, drill, twill, cotton sateen, stretch denim or corduoroy.

    We Supply

    The pattern, hardware, interfacing and thread. Tools and machinery are provided and refreshments are included also.

    Student Testimonials

    “It was great to have someone there to hold my hand and encourage me to keep going. If I had tried to to sew jeans on my own I’d have given up long before they were finished!!” - Renee

    “Penny was a star! And my jeans are great!” - Charlotte

    “I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I feel like I’ve learned a huge amount, definitely more than I expected! I had a lot of fun, and am very pleased with my new jeans!” - Kath


    Luisa Tobitt began to develop her interest in stitch and textiles whilst studying for a BA in Sculpture at Brighton University. Much of her work involved taking garments apart, reworking them and stitching onto them. On completion of her degree, Luisa returned to London and studied a Diploma in Theatrical Costume at Kensington & Chelsea College. She spent the next two years studying design, pattern cutting, construction and decoration for 18th Century dress and the Victorian era. Gaining a Diploma in Handcraft Tailoring at London College of Fashion closely followed this and three years later Luisa also gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Pattern Cutting & Garment Technology, also at London College of Fashion. With a strong love for vintage fashion, Luisa enjoys using vintage patterns, reworking vintage garments and studying traditional sewing techniques.

    Penny Follows has sewn since an early age, indeed she does not remember a time when she didn’t sew! She was fortunate enough to have a mother who was a skilled needlewoman and who created all sorts of stylish clothes for herself and Penny. Penny was encouraged to sew for herself by her mother and two grandmothers, one of whom was a tailoress. Penny worked with Janome as a sewing consultant at John Lewis and taught machine sewing at their flagship store in Oxford Street for a number of years. Penny joined our team of teachers at Ray Stitch in 2016 and leads a variety of workshops, sharing her passion and enthusiasm for sewing and making clothes. She combines teaching with running her own business called The Village Seamstress taking most pleasure in creating bespoke garments for clients.