It seems like recently Ginger Jean has bought back a new craze in jean making. I had made a pair of jeans before and it was the most fitting jeans I had at that time. I wore it so much that its became a little tattered on the bottom after just a year. That was early 2010.
In 2011 I got pregnant with little K. I decided to alter the jean to fit my growing tummy and hips. I undid the sides and let out an inch on each side of my thigh. I also removed the waist band and replaced that with a 10 inch wide soft jersey material. I wore that a few times but did not love it – the jersey was not firm enough and the pants keep on slipping lower on my butt.
Then in 2014 I got pregnant with little A. I made another go at altering the jeans. I first removed the second waist band. I found the original waist band, removed the front of the waist band and replaced that part only with 2 layers of jersey. This time the jeans would stay put on my hips much better!
Forwarding to 2015. I am no longer pregnant and I dont plan on ever getting pregnant again (its just toooo hard, respect for those willing to go through it 3 or 4 times even with morning sickness). However childbirth had made my hips a little wider. So the jeans still fit well below the waist band. I took out the third waist band, and made a new waist band thats one inch wider than the very original waistband. Pregnancies left my tummy a little jello-ish, so higher cut “mom jeans” is much more comfortable and flattering (no muffin top!). I didnt have the original fabric anymore, but this is a close enough match and I usually wear long shirt anyways.
So here’s the journey of my one and only hand made jeans! I thought its interesting that a piece of garment had “grown” with me through the years. Tt definitely makes me re-think about alteration – sometimes it can be just as fun and rewarding as sewing a new piece of cloth!
p.s. Sorry that I am slacking on the commenting recently. Mostly because i seem to have trouble commenting on most blogs – especially those hosted by blogspot, after trying to prove i am not a bot quite a few times, i got frustrated and gave up 😦 do other wordpress user have similar issue w/ blogspot blogs?