Sewing with Denim Fabric

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Hello All,

Can anyone tell me how you judge the amount of ease to use when sewing
pants with denim?  I just made a pair that I tested in muslin before
cutting the denim.  The muslin pair fits great, but the denim
stretches out after just an hour of wearing.  Right now the fabric has
stretched so much that the crotch point is a good 2 inches below my
body and I can easily grab about 2 inches at the center back seam
without causing any "cupping" in the front. The knees have stretched
to the point where they just look silly. I did wash the fabric to
shrink before using it and now I'm wondering if the answer to the
problem is to make the pants to fit and then wash allowing the fabric
to shrink.  Thanks for your help.

SewFoolish

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Did you wash the muslin first?  Did you wash the denim?   Were you using
stretch denim or cotton?  This might be the answer to your question.
Barbara in SC



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It's me again.  Maybe you could check the pattern to see if it is for a
stretch fabric or a woven fabric.  This also would make a difference.
Barbara in SC



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Hi,

Thank you for such a quick response.  I used pattern drafting software
to create the pattern.  It's made with .05" crotch ease and 1.5" hip
ease. I'm NOT a small woman so it was a pleasant surprise to have the
pattern fit.  The muslin fabric was not washed prior to making the
toile which I worn around the house all day to be sure it was fitting
correctly.  The denim is 100% cotton, and I washed it a couple of
times in hot water to shrink. The denim pants fit great fresh out of
the dryer, love them at that point.  It's after wearing them for a
short period of time that the fabric stretches out.  These "jeans" are
really basic pants.  I made them with a slightly tappered leg, no
pockets, a standard waistband, and a front zipper all of which will
make altering them easy.  Denim is my fabric fabric in ready-to-wear,
but at my size well fitting pants are hard to fine.  I'd like to make
more pants in various denims.  Is there a way to tell by looking at
the bolt if the fabric will stretch when worn?  The denim I just used
feels like a tight weave.  Not as firm as 100% cotton twill, but still
tight. I expected it to shrink, not turn into clown pants after
wearing. :-)

Thanks again for you help.
Sewfoolish

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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

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I don't know what the solution is, but for what it's worth, I've had the
same experience with some purchased jeans.  They'd come out of the dryer
so tight I could barely get them zipped and a couple hours later I'd be
swimming in them.  These were 100% cotton denim.

I've got a couple of pairs of jeans now whose content includes 2% lycra,
and have no such issues with them.  I think the lycra content allows the
fabric to resume its former shape after being stretched.


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Hello Kathleen,

I did buy some demin with 1% lyrca that I'm anxious to use, but have
not because of this current problem.  In my next pair I planned to add
traditional jean styled front pockets and a back yoke, not so sure
now.  However, I can cut them, stitch them up with a simple zipper
application in the front and then wear them around the house to see
how much they stretch.  Once I'm sure they are OK I can take them
apart and add the other details. Sure like to avoid having to take the
time to do all of that....

SewFoolish

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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:
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100% cotton denim does this.  If you want to keep that
snug-out-of-the-dyer feel, use denim with a Lycra content.  Lycra give
the denim that magic 'recovery' ability to stay snugger.  They don't
stay *completely* tight, but it doesn't stretch and stay as baggy as
normal denim.

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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That sounds like a plan!  I'll alter this pair and use the cotton /
lyrica blend on the next pair.  Thank you all for your help.

SewFoolish

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I've never made any pants much less jeans, but I do buy them with the
4% lycra and they fit GREAT!  The lycra does give them that 'bounce
back' quality with no baggy knees, droopy seat, or long crotch.  I've
experienced all those exasperating fit problems with ready to wear
pants, grrrrrrr.  And the other nice thing about that touch of lycra
is you don't feel like you are going to burst if you squat or bend
over when wearing regular 100% cotton denim.  A touch of stretch is
wonderful!


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On Sep 13, 1:43=A0pm, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net wrote:
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Have you noticed that men's jeans do not have this problem?  At least
my sons don't have the problem.  The knees in their pants always stay
nice yet they are 100% cotton.  It must be in the construction. Oh
well, cotton and lyrica it will be.  Thanks for your help.

SewFoolish

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On Sep 13, 1:43 pm, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net wrote:
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Lycra give
They don't
baggy as
with the
'bounce
crotch. I've
wear
lycra
bend
stretch is
least
stay
Oh

maybe many men do not do alot of bending in there jeans ?

howevere, i do and I have had this problem with relaxed cut
jeans. I do not know about the long crotch 8| but certainly all
the other troubles

robb


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Lycra give
don't
baggy as
and my DW says it is surprisingly more comfortable to wear than
the %100 cotton denim as it gives a little when she moves so that
inital tightness  feeling is not there ???

robb


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On Sat, 13 Sep 2008 17:36:35 +0100, Kate XXXXXX wrote:

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    Y'kno, I thought I was imagining it, but yes, it happens to men's
jeans too....
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Ciao,

        Serge

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rration in the early 1970's, they don't.  It is a comfort issue.  There are=
 anatomical demands for a certain amount of ease that women do not have to =
deal with.

And thank heavens for that!

Rosefolly

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