I've made these before a few times for myself and my girls. Previous versions are here, here, here, and here. This is my second pair that I have distressed. Distressing is really a lot of fun! I used a coarse piece of sandpaper for my distressing. I learned from my first pair of jeans to be more cautious around corner edges. I was far too aggressive last time and put a hole in my fabric. I expected more from my distressing than my achieved results this time. So much of the dye would wash down the drain every time I cleaned my hands that I just new these would look heavily distressed. Oh well. I'm still happy with them though.
Another fun part of jeans making is hammering. You want to hammer those seams down before top stitching, which makes for easier sewing and consistent stitch lengths. Hammering also distresses the fabric, so if you don't want that, you should hammer on the wrong side of your fabric. My husband gave me a block of wood so I would have something to hammer on.
I used gray top stitching thread.
I did not use rivets. I really wanted to and have used them before, but this time I bought some nipple rivets. How do you put those in?! I failed and managed to bend up several and gave up trying. I used bar tacks instead.
As before, I made a swayback adjustment to remove the back gap I get. This time I also shortened 1 inch above the knee and added that inch back in below the knee.
My shirt is the Jalie Dolman top. I've made so many now that I have lost count. It is definitely my most favorite casual knit shirt to wear.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley