Put your dancing shoes on and shake your thang.
I’m ready to bust some moves today. I thought about getting down street style, but changed my mind.
My Jagger Jeans are all about freedom of movement in a modern, contemporary way.
A personal interpretation weaving in varied techniques and free flowing detail.
Darcy chose the topstitching thread AND designed the pockets. She chose a silvery grey colour much to my pleasure. Darcy’s input was fundamental when making these jeans. I wanted them to reflect her own individual style.
I asked Darcy to stick to a maximum of 7 strokes for the pocket design. I can tell you it was not easy for her to keep it simple. I didn’t really consider that she might make each pocket completely different. The mind of a 7 year old certainly works without constraint.
I tried to convince her that the shape of the river Thames might be a nice design (the river that divides me from Toya) but she was having none of it. “Make friends with the seam ripper mummy”.
I’m glad she stuck to her guns, I love what she did and I am fascinated and impressed with her design skills.
Making the Jagger Jeans was a lot easier than I expected. The fly that I thought may be difficult was in fact really simple. (Well at least it was after I realised I missed a step and was reading something wrong.) The Jagger Jeans is an intermediate pattern, but I think an advanced beginner would cope just fine.
The back pocket within a pocket was a freestyle move, small but clean and sharp. We’re staying on beat but there are no limitations.
The Levi-esque tab was totally inspired by one of the world’s most recognisable trademarks. Good job mine is grey, white and aubergine. I don’t want Levi Strauss & Co knocking at my door threatening to sue me.
The Jagger jeans are a slim fit, I made size 7 and lengthened them to a size 10. To make them super skinny I did a flat felled seam along the inside leg, which requires a bigger seam allowance.
Darcy has very long slim legs, she has never had a pair of jeans that fit so well. Actually she has never had a pair of jeans that fit full stop. The Jagger jeans fit beautifully, they are comfortable and stylish. Levis Strauss eat your heart out.
The striped twill ribbon I used for the tab was recycled from a Cos paper shopping bag. I also sewed a 5 inch strip on the turn up for ‘choreographic unity’. (I don’t exactly know what that means but it sounds good, doesn’t it?) Darcy can choose to wear them rolled up or left down depending on her footwear.
I want to sing and dance “I made a pair of jeans”. I am so proud. Making a pair of jeans for the first time feels so special. A momentous occasion in my sewing journey. I want people to ask “Did you make those?” but sadly I don’t think anyone will. Lots of people know I make things but no one would expect that I actually made a pair of jeans. I may just have to go around telling people, even if they haven’t asked. Blow my own trumpet (pun intended).
This photo shoot would not have been possible without the help of Katy Perry, she livened up the room and even though Darcy wasn’t feeling great, she suddenly came alive at the sound of Katy Perry’s voice, whilst taking these photos. Thank you Katy Perry.
Can you guess which Katy Perry song Darcy is dancing to? Whoever guesses correctly first wins the Jagger Jeans pattern. Answers in the comments box below please. The pattern will be emailed to the winner by next Friday.
Now, step ball change over to Made by Toya who I am sure has made a fabulous pair of Jagger Jeans, I can not wait to see them. I pretty much love everything she makes. I know they’ll be good, but erm! not that good 😉
Battle of the Stitches: Round 1.
Bang! Pow! Boom!
Round 2, coming soon.