May 15, 2014

mr. afs riveted....


The mister and I have been spending some intense quality time together lately. Yeah, intense is definitely the word here. It's a good thing, not to worry, because we've really needed it. Whilst spending so much time together, I began to take notice of some needs. I'm one of those lucky gals whose husband rarely asks her for anything - in so many words - but as I look at the state of his wardrobe lately, I know he could use a little help from a girl like me. Enter now, Mr. AFS in new jeans! Yay! Keep your wigs on ladies, this man is taken and so are those jeans!



Sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures and I have been taught all of my life the value of how to stretch a dollar. Doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality of any sort, it just more or less means that you've got to start diggin in to what you got. I have a rather substantial stash (and a fabric store, ha ha) and I've got the skills, and in these days of struggle and strife I've been turning to that stash and noticing an abundance of not just fabric, but supplies, patterns and more! Sometimes it really is the little things - or in this case a bigger thing - that can help bring a smile to your face. I've been a hoardin denim like they stopped making it. I had several cuts of denim for the mister to dig through and decide on which he liked and wanted. He made an eye for this particular wash/color denim and then I made him cough up a pair of old standby jeans that I could take a pattern from.


After copying those suckers, I made up a muslin, just to test the fit and make sure we were where he wanted to be. Easy as pie really. Mr. AFS, rather sweetly and with just a tad bit of pride said that he had absolutely no idea how I do such things. Sigh.... That man. After the muslin was fitted, with a just a few minor tweaks, I set off to make him some jeans he would actually wear. He wanted them distressed. Ugh. I mean, its not hard really, just time consuming. But I did it. I used sandpaper for the distressing and it worked like a charm. Once I had things well on their way, the mister said he wanted some color somewhere. Something he said about his coat too. So I threw in some red topstitching with the regular old denim topstitching.


He's been wearing these puppies for about a week now. Loves em so much, he won't take them off and let me wash them! Now that's a good feeling! Ha ha!

And speaking of, I need to make myself a pair of jeans pretty soon here too. Ah jeans! The holy grail right? What's not to love about a good pair of old standbys?
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52 comments

  1. Those jeans are amazing! The mister looks fabulous. I love the details and the red top-stiching. Wow.

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  2. You are absolutely amazing! I wish I had a fraction of your talent!

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  3. Amazing! You did a great job! Did you cut apart the old jeans, or just do a rub off to get the pattern?

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  4. They are awesome. And good on you for some serious unselfish sewing :)

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  5. WOW is right, great jeans and very handsome mister. How long did it take to make those jeans???

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  6. Aw, such a touching comment from your Mister. The jeans are amazing.

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  7. What nice jeans! Way to go! I love a good pair of jeans.

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  8. Spuńky indeed! Those sneaky little back pockets are very cool! Nice work!

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  9. YOU MADE THOSE?!?

    Fantastic work! I love them.

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  10. I love this pair of jeans! I've never sewn for my hubby, but perhaps it's time to start!

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  11. Wow! These are so fabulous! They really look professional!

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  12. These jeans look terrific (and the mister does, too), just sayin. How do you do the rivets? Best pair of jeans I have seen in a while.

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  13. Wow, been a long time since I've seen hand crafted jeans and they do look good.

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  14. That boy is cute! But those jeans! They look impossible. I am so impressed.

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  15. Those are the most professional looking homemade jeans I think I've ever seen. Top marks!

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  16. Amazing job! They look so professional and ready to wear. And you have a cute hubby (-;

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  17. Bee-yoo-ti-ful!!!! WOW, you are one talented, hard-working jeans sewer!

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  18. Totally impressive!

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  19. Awesome! I particularly like how the distressing turned out.Very cool!

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  20. Wonderful job on those jeans! I am amazed! Your husband is lucky to have such a talented seamstress for a wife!

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  21. Wow, these are amazing! I'm keeping this post hidden from my husband - maybe one day!

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  22. Oh. My. Goodness! I can't believe that you made these - they are fantastic! Seriously mind-blowing. I bow down to your superior stitching skills Sunni!

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  23. Sunni those are great jeans! Good denim is so hard to find in the UK - there are online stores, but so little to find in bricks 'n' mortar shops as I really need to touch/feel the fabric *sigh*

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  24. Wow!!! These jeans are so professional looking. Impeccable sewing skills, and it must be so rewarding to see how much "your mister" loves them. Great job.

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  25. Great job! And thank goodness they are not skinny jeans - a fashion flop for men as far as I'm concerned...women too unless you are 14 and built like a toothpick, but ESPECIALLY for men. I want a man in jeans to look like if he turned the right way, he's got a Dewalt drill hanging out of his back pocket. You did a great job on those and have inspired me to revisit Angela Wolff's Craftsy class on how to make jeans.

    Question: Do you have a special tool or source for the rivets? Like in your store?

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  26. Wow, these are really really great! I would have never in a million years guessed they were handmade. I also got a chance to see the coat you made him and it's scruptious! The fabric choices and the fuchsia toggles????? Ai-yai-yai.

    Er, yer man, he is quite nice.

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  27. Sunni these look great!! And, hey there Mister AFS - looking pretty handsome in your new jeans! Love the colorful topstitching and pocket details! I bought my husband some selvedge denim and all the works for this past Christmas with the promise I would make him some jeans. Almost six months later those materials are still just sitting there, and Nick has taken to reminding me that it's almost his birthday and he has yet to get his Christmas present (ouch)! What's even worse is I've recently started making MYSELF a new pair of jeans! Basically - I think this post is the last sign - it's time for me to make my husband some jeans!!

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  28. Hi Sunni,

    I'm impressed with your work on sewing jeans, and I agree with you; it really is a wonderful feeling when a man loves something sewn especially for him to wear. I made boxers, and because they were loved so much, he requested another in a different fabric. It's so nice when someone you love and care about compliments you by appreciating your work.

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  29. Very nice looking jeans for your Mister. not looking handmade at all. you did a great job!!

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  30. Oh my! impressive job. Look store bought to me. Love red topstitching

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  31. Wow! These are amazing. Great job!

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  32. these are beyond impressive!!! i love the red topstitching, and i love the distressing job you did!

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  33. Yep, I think jeans are probably the sewing holy grail for me too. I'm in the process of doing my first pair & am not having much success just yet. I'm soooo impressed by all the little details you've added. They look fantastic & I'd be wearing them with pride too if I was your mister!!

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  34. I'm so impressed! They look as if they were store bought. Really, I can't tell the difference. Although there may be one - they were made with love :) That's what I told my boyfriend after having sewn a shirt for him :)

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  35. Wow! I am SO impressed. I didn't think this level of professionalism in jeans was possible at home! Better not show my man or he will want some too.... Nice work!!

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  36. Quadruple success - technical, creative, relationship, economic! I could probably find more ways but what's 5 - quintuple? LOL :) Beautiful work.

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  37. I love how your time together translated into a project--so romantic. And these are seriously amazing!

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  38. Great job! Quality look!

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  39. Okay, those jeans are freakin' amazing! And your man looks pretty good in them too. :)
    Do you have any advice for how to make a pattern off existing jeans? My hubby is in dire need of new jeans. I'd really like to make him some, but he's very particular about the fit, so I know they'll have to fit the way his commercial jeans do. I just don't really know how to go about copying a pair without cutting them up to trace off pattern pieces. Or is that what you did?
    Thanks!

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  40. Sunni, Where did you learn to be such a masterful seamstress? In reading biographical info on your blog, I thought you were a music major. You are enormously talented.

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  41. Wow, this is amazing. His jeans look fantastic and he looks mighty pleased. Well done!

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  42. Say whaaaat you made these? How come they have this typical stonewashed look?

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  43. Wow!! These are fabulous! I wish I could make a pair for my hubby. What a lucky guy!

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  44. These are awesome. They look like they're from a designer label.

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  45. There's not much more to say besides these. are. fantastic. You're seriously amazing.

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  46. The ceo of Levi Corporation says one never should wash their jeans. I don't know what one does after bathing dogs, cats, gardening, etc. :-) These jeans are terrific...the best I've seen that are not off the rack. Kudos!

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  47. The jeans look great. I have made my mister a few pairs of golf shorts, but no jeans yet. I might have to give a try.

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  48. I am speechless i tell you....You're skills are AMAZING!!! Incredible job...(well I guess not literally speechless after all. HA!)

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  49. I've no doubt he likes his new jeans. They are pretty fabulous. And so is Mr AFS if you don't mind my saying so!

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  50. Wow. I'm amazed and impressed!

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