One of the great sewing challenges I’m attracted to—but somehow keep dodging—is making my own pair of jeans. I’ve read up on other sewing blogger’s makes, such as the lovely creations of Tanit Isis and Thread Square, and even invested in Kenneth D. King’s Jean-ius class, but still haven’t worked up the nerve. (Being pregnant, btw, has given me the perfect out for 9 months + until whenever I get my bod back). Yet, I’m still very attracted to the idea, particularly because designer jeans are so God-awful expensive and I have a hard time finding jeans that I love. This is why it was great to speak with Angela Wolf, the lovely guest of this episode of Thread Cult.
Angela is a jeans guru, of sorts. She’s been making them for years—for herself, and as a custom designer— and the woman is a wealth of information. Angela dishes on what to look for in fabric, how to distress denim (hint: a trip to Home Depot is in order!), the perfect pockets, and how to get great topstitching. If you’ve been thinking of making jeans, or already tried and want to learn more, this is the episode for you!
Of course, Angela is much more than a jeans expert. She’s the founder and designer of ABO Apparel, a contributing editor to Threads and Sew Stylish magazines, the couture expert on It’s Sew Easy, she has a successful custom design business, a pattern line (including a jeans pattern), and she teaches regularly on PatternReview.com, as well as two courses on Craftsy (see the notes, below).
I learned a ton from this interview, and I think you will too.
Tailoring for Ready-to-Wear class on Craftsy
Creative Serging class on Craftsy
Metro Textiles (address: 265 West 37th Street, Suite 908, New York, NY 10018)
Angela’s YouTube chanel