Hot Patterns Boyfriend jeans - Fly zip.
I am somewhat disappointed (and confused) with the instructions included with this pattern. At some points there seems to be an assumption that you know what you are doing and some steps are glossed over or left out completely. Other instructions (measurements) are just plain wrong and it seems no one proof read them first; 1 1/2" is NOT 6.25cm. There's even a sentence that refers to the SKIRT!
It doesn't help too much either that the diagrams are only line drawings with no shading to show you right side or wrong side of fabric. So I've made this photographic rendition of the steps involved in inserting the zip and making the fly front in the hopes that it will help some of you who are making jeans for the first time or, like me, just not too sure.
Step one - Sew the fronts right sides together just below the bottom of the fly for about 2" towards the point of the front crotch. Make a smile.
1. Machine tack (baste) with a large stitch (4mm) the fly openings from the end of the first stitching to the waistband and press open.
Hand tack (baste) the zip to the fly shield along the left hand edge of both. The zip top should extend further than the shield, it is cut off later. After attaching the waistband I noticed that the right side is not long enough to catch the shield so remember to cut the waistband 2" longer at centre front for a more professional finish later.
2. Match the free edge of the zip with the centre front.
3. Turn the zip and shield over and tack (baste) the basted edge to the right hand edge of the fly only. Aim to match the top of the shield with the top edge of the jeans and the bottom with the bottom of the fly.
This is to prevent the metal zip teeth cutting into your tummy when wearing, so apart from comfort, it also adds colour and a professional finish.
4. Sew this basted edge by machine through the fly only - NOT the front of the jeans. Sew close to the zip teeth but watch you don't hit the metal teeth or you'll lose a needle! Jeans zips generally have wide tape so you may not need to change to a zipper foot, this means more grip when using your usual sewing foot.
5. Trim off the excess from the fly front and overlock or zig-zag to neater the edge and stop fraying.
Sew along this line of pins.
|Zip and shield folded back in place.|
7. Let the zip fall naturally to the left and pin as it lies against the left hand fly. Hold the shield out of the way. Sew this line but just the zip tape and the fly - NOT the front of the jeans.
8. Trim off any excess and overlock the edge if you want.
9. Turn the jeans over and mark up the outside stitching line. This should catch the left hand zip tape and curve round at the bottom to hold the end of the zip.
Next time....... Construction Order
Hope this helps and thanks for reading. Ruth