i’ve been saying for a year that i was going to sit down and do my kenneth d. king craftsy class: jean-ius (reverse engineer your favorite fit).
from the class description:
You’ll learn fitting and pattern alteration as you turn your jeans into a blueprint without taking them apart. Kenneth demonstrates his ingenious method to create a pattern that lets you make pair after pair of fun, flattering pants in any fabric, from casual to dressy, for women or men. In 11 lessons, he’ll walk you through measuring, drafting and construction. You’ll also be privy to construction tips picked up during Kenneth’s years of couture sewing – things that make complex details a total breeze.
my reason for putting it off was a naughty one: i’ve experienced kenneth’s “reverse draping” method, and it is both completely logical and involves a fair bit of work. so, basically, i was totally lazy.
but as is usual when doing things cleverly and properly, it’s not that it is a lot of work, it is just the kind of work that requires one to actually pay attention and care about details (never my strong suit).
yeah, it was time for me to just go for it. i decided to work on it over several weeks and try to follow one lesson at a time. my first lesson was in tracing the appropriate information from the garment by thread-basting the inseam, outseam, grainlines and other extra details according to kenneth’s method. i am using my absolute favorite jeans, the “crosby” carpenter jean by elizabeth & james, which have a bit of stretch and a lot of good deatils, including zippers at the hem, huge functional pockets, cool seaming, and something approaching a perfect fit.
i finished the thread-tracing in less than one episode of project runway.