Jess Sew-Along #10: Double buttons sewing and hem

This is the last blog post in Jess jeans sewalong! All we have to do is to add some finishing touches.


First, mark the position of the buttons as described in Jess Sew-Along #7. Since the buttons will be under a lot of stress, your 1.5 cm (9/16″) “fashion” buttons must be enforced by tiny backing buttons. This will ensure that your buttons will not tear out of the fabric.


It will also help if your buttons are sewn on with a shank.
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Jess Sew-Along #9: Sewing on the waistband

Today we are finally going to join all the parts together.

Align the unfinished waistband’s edge with the trouser top edge. Make absolutely sure side seams line up by pre-sewing them (as described in one of the previous posts) and the centre of the back waistband lines up exactly with the centre back seam.

wbnd sewn on

You could see red basting on the photos in my previous posts. I basted the trousers all around to make sure that my waistband is sewn on exactly how I want it – to be more precise that the gap between the pocket welt and the waistband is the same for all three pockets.

Don’t be shy of basting – whatever it takes to sew the waistband perfectly.
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Jess Sew-Along #7: Buttonholes and fly topstitching

Today we will finish working on our jean fronts.

The button front is a strong focal point of these jeans, getting it right is very important, so I put this info into a small but separate post.

To sew my buttonholes I used an ordinary domestic Brother machine, buttonhole #32 and a usual sewing thread.


Pay a close attention to the position of your buttonholes and mark carefully.

And so, we begin.

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Jess Sew-Along #5: Back pocket

Today we are going to finish sewing pockets.

The back pocket is very similar to the front pockets, with the only difference – it is decorative.

I was asked why I made it this way. The reason is that tension at the back of the jeans makes the back pocket gap. It might not be a serious issue for you, so you are welcome to improvise.

And so we are sewing the back pocket (the decorative one).
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Jess Sew-Along #4: Front pockets

Let’s sew some pockets!

The two functioning single welt pockets are located on both trouser fronts.
To sew them we will need:

  • trouser fronts
  • pocket bags
  • front trouser backings
  • front pocket welts

Interface your welts for crispness and stability.

Place your pocket backing face up onto your pocket bag. This pocket backing is going to end up INSIDE your pocket bag. Its function is to fill the empty space behind the trouser pocket cut out.
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Jess Sew-Along #3: Waistband

Waistband and pockets are the two places where you have to do your very best job. These are the focal points of your jeans and, executed well, will make the entire garment look very RTW indeed.

Also, this post is long.

In this part:

  • Stitching all the small waistband bits together
  • A tip on how to line up your seams perfectly
  • Some extra preparational steps you don’t see mentioned anywhere

Let’s get started.
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Update: Jess Sew-Along Starts on Tuesday!

Get ready, only 5 days left to go!

We will begin with printing out and assembling the PDF pattern and then sew the jeans step by step – the muslin fitting part will not be included.

I will publish 2 blog posts a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so you won’t feel rushed. There are around 10 posts planned, and links to all of them will be published on sew-along page for your future reference. And of course, yours truly will endeavour to answer all your questions regarding Jess jeans pattern.