I cut an old pair of his Levi's jeans up and copied them to create a pattern. I knew they needed little adjusting, but decided to do it while making them. Many of you probably think it's a bit strange approach, but I've never used a muslin.
To be honest I only recently discovered reading sewing blogs how many of you actually do it. That must sound really weird coming from a person who's been sewing for 20 years (I can't believe it's been that long). I only wished I used it on only about handful items in all those years. Mostly not due to a bad fit but generally an item not being suitable for my body shape. I might sound a bit stupid, but would like to ask what fabric do people use for a muslin? I am really not a beginner, I've made everything from tops and dresses to trousers and jackets and handbags, waistcoats, coats, skirts and shorts, fleeces and rucksacks and suits and shirts. That's as much as I can remember. I have finished all of my sewing projects apart from one dress, which has been sitting in my sewing box for few years, because it does not fit me anymore )-:.
But to get back to my jeans project, I thought I could show a bit more than just the finished item, so this is how my jeans project started, I took jeans apart.....
... and copied them to create pattern.
This is the pair he got for Christmas, apart from the fact, he got it week or two before Christmas. I really paid attention to all the details, even the leather detail on the back of waistband, with cut out initials of mine and label on the back pocket. Hope you like it.
The second pair is lined, it's nearly the same, apart from having straight leg. I used the lining from his old work trousers, which I didn't even have to alter. And I changes the stitching on the back pockets and the colour of the top stitch threads.