Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9

Liana Jeans Sew Along: Day 9 – Sewing Sewing Back to Front & Waistband

We are in the home stretch today! By the end of today, you can try on your Liana Stretch Jeans, although we’ll still have the finishing touches on the last day. I put on mine, and let me tell you; I love my jeans! This is my favorite pair yet! I love the color and thickness of the fabric. It is less stretchy than my previous ones, so I upped a size.

Anyway, let’s get back to our Liana Stretch Jeans sewalong. I will be going over sewing the back and the front together, as well as sewing the waistband.

Sewing Front to Back

  1. Let’s deal with the inseam first. The front inseam is slightly longer than the back inseam, and you are supposed to stretch the back inseam to fit. Specifically, take the Front and Back pieces and pin the bottom/hem together. Then match/pin the knee notches as well as the crotch together. You will see a bit of a slack above the knee notches, and this is where you should stretch the back inseam to match the front inseam.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Sew Inseam

    Front inseam is slightly longer than back inseam – stretch to fit.

     

  2. After pinning, stitch the inseam in one swoop.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Sew Inseam

    Inseams sewn.

     

  3. Press the seam allowances toward the front. And if you are distressing, do it now.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Sew Inseam

    Distress. Watch out for the existing topstitching and don’t rub them out.

     

  4. Serge (or zigzag) finish the seam allowance.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Sew Inseam

    Serge seam allowance.

     

  5. The seam intersection at the crotch is thick. You will need to press it really well, and may need to use the hammer to reduce the bulk (depend on how thick your fabric is). But be very careful; you don’t want to destroy the fabric nor the existing topstitching.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Sew Inseam

    Reduce seam bulk with a hammer (very carefully).

     

  6. Topstitch the inseam. I only stitched one line. Many of my store-bought jeans only have one line of topstitching (some have none). If you want two lines, or even three, go for it!
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Sew Inseam

    Topstitch inseam.

     

  7. The inseam in done! Let’s move onto the side seams. Pin them together, matching the tops, hip notches, knee notches and bottoms. Then stitch.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Sew side seams

    Pin side seams together.

     

    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Sew side seams

    Stitched!

     

  8. If you are distressing your jeans, now you should do it for the side seam. Watch out for the existing topstitching and don’t ruin it!
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Sew side seams

    Distress side seam area.

     

  9. Serge (or zigzag) finish the side seam.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Sew side seams

    Serge side seam.

     

  10. After you repeat for the other side seam, you are ready to topstitch. If you notice, the topstitching for the side seam doesn’t go all the way down. It usually ends at the bottom of pocket only. This is mostly because the leg is too narrow to get in there. Here I mark where the pocket ends and only topstitch to that point. Optionally, you could do a little decorative zigzag at the end of the topstitch line. I didn’t do it for this pair, but I did do it for my last pair.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 topstitch side seam

    Mark where the pocket ends.

     

    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 topstitch side seam

    And that’s where I topstitch to.

     

    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Zigzag below topstitch

    Optional decorative zigzag stitch below the side seam topstitch.

     

Sewing Waistband

That wasn’t awfully complicated, isn’t it? We can now move onto the waistband.

  1. You should have two waistbands cut. One is the outer waistband, and the other will be the facing. Now cut a piece of twill tape as long as the top of the waistband and pin to the wrong side of the waistband at the seam line. In fact, I have a whole roll and I just started pinning onto the top seam line of the waistband and didn’t cut it until I was done. This piece of waistband is the outer waistband.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Twill tape to waistband

    Pin twill tape to top seam line of waistband (on the wrong side)

     

    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Twill tape to waistband

    Twill tape basted on the top seam line of the waistband.

     

  2. Then we work on the waistband facing. Press the bottom seam allowance up along the waistband. The seam allowance is 1/2″ (1.25 cm).  Remember that the bottom is the longer edge.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Press seam allowance up

    Press the bottom seam allowance of the waistband up.

     

  3. Stitch the two waistband together along the top. You will be stitching through the twill tape.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 two waistband

    Pin the two waistbands together along the top.

     

    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 two waistband

    Then stitch the two waistbands together.

     

  4. Pin the non-folded bottom edge of the waistband to the top of the jeans, with the right sides together. There will be excess waistband at the center front; let it be and we’ll trim that later. Stitch all the way around. Press the seam allowances toward the facing.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Pin waistband to jeans

    Pin the non-folded bottom edge of the waistband to the top of the jeans.

     

    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Stitch waistband to jeans

    Stitched!

     

  5. For the front of the waistband, we need to stitch vertically in the fly area. Pin the outer waistband and waistband facing right sides together at the front fly edge. Stitch a line that is flush with the fly edge vertically and over the folds. You see that I also folded down the top waistband seam allowances.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Stitch waistband flush with fly

    Stitch two waistbands together vertically at front fly edge, flush with fly.

     

    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Stitch waistband flush with fly

    Another angle – stitch two waistbands at fly front edge.

     

  6. Trim the excess waistbands.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Trim excess

    Trim excess waistband.

     

  7. Turn the waistband right side out.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Turn waistband right side out

    Turn waistband right side out.

     

  8. If you are distressing your denim, now it’s time to go it. Watch out for the existing topstitching!
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Distress waistband

    Distress waistband.

     

  9. On the inside, bring the folded edge of the waistband to the line of stitching and barely cover it. Pin the waistband in place. I also took the extra cautious and baste the waistband by hand to secure.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Pin waistband

    Pin the folded edge of the waistband.

     

    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Baste waistband

    I also basted the waistband – I didn’t want the waistband to shift during topstitching.

     

  10. Topstitch around the waistband – top, side and bottom – in one continuous line, pivoting at the corners.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 topstitch waistband

    Waistband Topstitched! (And basting removed.)

     

  11. Make a buttonhole. As mentioned, my sewing machine didn’t like me making buttonholes with the topstitching thread, so I used regular thread here. Test yours before doing it on the jeans!
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Buttonhole

    Buttonhole made.

     

    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Buttonhole

    The buttonhole starts 3/8″ (1 cm) from the topstitching.

     

  12. To make a corresponding button, use an awl or a nail to poke through the buttonhole to see where the button should be placed. Conveniently, it also makes a hole so I can put the pin part of the button through. But note that the button should be placed toward the end of the buttonhole (the keyhole portion), not the center of the buttonhole.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Buttonhole

    Pin an awl or a nail through the buttonhole to find the spot where the button should be placed.

     

    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Buttonhole

    Where the awl/nail should poke through.

     

  13. Put the bottom pin of the button through the hole. You see that the pin is actually quite tall – taller than we want when you compare it to the button.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Pin is quite tall

    The pin of the button is taller than we want – placed next to the button to check.

     

  14. So, we need to trim the pin a little. For me, I needed to trim about 1/8″ (3 mm). I also pinch the pin back to a round shape after cutting.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Trim pin

    Cut 1/8 (3 mm) of the button pin.

     

    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Trim pin

    Pin trimmed.

     

  15. Hammer the button onto the pin. To do that, I put some fabric down and put the button face down on the fabric. Then I put the pin, already through the jeans, into the hole of the button. I used a hammer to hit the bottom of of the pin in. I actually placed another layer of fabric on top of the pin before hitting it with the hammer. Be sure that you are hitting it straight down, so that it is not crocked. Pull the button a little to make sure it’s secured.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Hammer In

    Hammering in!

     

    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Hammer In

    I believe it’s working. Good.

     

  16. I haven’t cut the buttonhole yet since  I put some Fray Check on (front and back of the buttonhole). We can cut the buttonhole later.
    Liana Stretch Jeans Sewalong Day 9 Fray Check

    Put Fray Check on the back and front of the buttonhole.

     

That’s all for today. We are so close! Tomorrow we will finish up – we only have the belt loops, hems and back pockets left.
Here’s the schedule of the Liana Stretch Jeans Sew Along, be sure to look at other posts too!

Day 0: Get Ready!

Day 1: Intro, Material and Supplies 

Day 2: Topstitching & Distressing

Day 3: Choosing a size & Cutting Test Garment/Muslin 

Day 4: Fitting Part 1 

Day 5: Fitting Part 2

Day 6: Sewing the Back 

Day 7: Sewing Front Pockets 

Day 8: Sewing Fly Front Zipper 

Day 9: Sewing Back to Front & Waistband (this post)

Day 10: Hemming and Finishing

If you’d like to add a sewalong button to your sidebar, I created several sizes for you:

 

150 x 150

 

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200 x 200

 

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300 x 300

 

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