Sunday, June 21, 2009

Fathers Day and the $200 pair of jeans

The weather today is conducive to retreating indoors and laziness. Considering how hard my dh has been working lately, he deserves the day off. Our children are not physically close, but they both called and sent cards. Seth has always been a terrific hands on dad generous with himself and his time. Happy Fathers day!

The $200 Pair of Jeans

I didn't do much sewing this week with my sister and bil visiting, but I did hem her high end Citizens of Humanity jeans. There is a recent thread on Pattern Review about sewing and fitting jeans with a lot written on flat fell seams and that the industry can make a pair of jeans in 16 minutes with a machine for everthing including the flat fell finish. These pants are made in LA as the label clearly states and I assume at one of the small factories that specialize in making jeans. But there isn't a flat fell seam in sight. The inseam is is serged together, pressed to one side and topstitche. The outseam is pressed open. The fit is unbelievable on these, and while maybe not worth $200, certainly worth what she paid on sale. She bought these at a place called Rear Ends, and boy do these make her rear look great! The side seam comes forward about 2 or 3" past the normal side seam and adds to the slimming, flattering fit. The fabric has 2% lycra. Enough for comfort but not enough to have them falling down after a days wear. The finishes on these are very much within the capabilities of the home sewer.

7 comments:

  1. None of the jeans I own (high or low end) have flat-felled seams. I think that is a thing of the past.

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  2. COH are the ONLY jeans I wear. They make a miracle out of my butt for sure. An investment ,but can be found on sale.

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  3. Probably the flat fell seam is going out of fashion since, with a serger, a mock fell seam can take it's place. I must see if I can find these jeans online and see why they are so slimming. Because--heaven knows, I could use some butt-reduction pants!

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  4. They are really amazing. I think that the forward seam has a lot to do with it.

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  5. I wish I could get Citizen of Humanity jeans here. I have to travel an hour to get any foreign brands. Also, why are there no pictures of these cool pants Missie?! :-p So'k I'm totally lazy about picture taking too.

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  6. Dad took the card to work with him in his computer, so you'll have to wait for photos. He grabbed my camera to take those pictures of the mama turkey and her babies running through the yard, hence the card in his laptop.

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