Clone your jeans

Great fitting jeans are rare

I have found my pair many years ago and I am still wearing them. The denim became thin and fragile and I am afraid it will give up the ghost any day now. So I have taken the pattern off them before anything terrible happens, I am going to clone them and enjoy the fit and comfort for as long as I can fit in them.
I have done many knock-offs in the past – skirts, trousers, jackets, bras and even re-usable diapers. Many of us have a favourite garment we can’t live without.

What is yours?

Lena Merrin

by Lena Merrin

I make patterns and sew clothes. Maths are soothing.

10 thoughts on “Clone your jeans

  1. kate says:

    This is so clear, thank you!

    When you measure the stretch factor is that to make sure that you buy fabric with the same amount of stretch? I guess now that I’ve typed it, that it is. I’m just a bit wary of making patterns, taking body measurements etc and then sewing in stretch fabric. Should you add no ease to your measurements? I read somewhere about “negative ease” but maybe that’s more to do with knitwear.

    • Lena
      Lena says:

      Hi Kate! Yes, you have to add negative ease if you want to take advantage of fabric’s stretch, so your pattern will be smaller than your measurements.

  2. Kathy says:

    Thank you Lena for your jeans tutorial. It is very generous of you to make this video available and your instructions are very clear and useful.

  3. Olga says:

    Hi Lena, thank you for the video! I need to replicate a pair of jeans that I love but are too worn out, so I will keep this video as a reference, and I’ll watch your fitting process, hopinf that you are going to share it with us.
    I also kept watchin your progress with the blouse that you were making based on a top you saw in a movie. Did you have a chance to finish it?
    Olga

    • Lena says:

      Hi Olga, yes I am going to “fit and tell” the jeans. Sorry for abandoning the Lilly’s blouse project, I thought nobody was interested so I have put it aside for a bit. I am intending to sew it though, and I will document the process :) Thank you for your feedback!

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