How To Create Your Own Pair Of Raw Denim Pt.2

How To Create Your Own Pair Of Raw Denim Pt.2

How To Create Your Own Pair Of Raw Denim Pt.2

This is the second part in a series of guest posts on how to create a pair of raw jeans. This series is written by Christopher J. Brown, the owner of denim label Brown, Deim. In case you missed it, be sure to check out Part 1.


The Fall season always ushers in new batches of denim and designs, and one would be hard pressed to find a better opportunity to expand one’s lineup. Some might say that year after year within this raw denim niche, there is a lot of similarity in terms of design aspects.

The denim mills, on the other hand, are making great progress on their own developments with fantastic fabriques which can interest everyone. Super heavy weights, weft dyes, organic cottons, not to mention the various blends & colours available.

If you’re anything like myself, you’re quite pleased with all of the great products in the premium denim market but would like to create a more personal or specialized pair of jeans that can not be offered through the batch production.

In other words, your favourite pair of jeans just need a slight tweak in design or fit for perfection. I hear this response quite often because of people’s great passion for denim. Really, it makse sense, since one size or design does not fit everyone.

Designing a pair of jeans on your own is fairly easy. The first thing that is logically in place is just to enhance a pair of your favourite jeans. Let’s take the process a few steps ahead and look at the whole process properly. This project can be fun, not too expensive, and will produce the perfect pair of jeans that you’ll never want to go without.

How To Create Your Own Pair Of Raw Denim Pt.2

Fit

The fit can be based off of  a pair of jeans that you already own or if you’re feeling adventurous, you could develop a cut of your own. You would then want to take this material to a tailor that would make a pattern and sample to begin.

Most of the time, small or local tailors aren’t willing to take on this challenge on because of the machine requirements. For instance, the stitching tensions required to properly sew the denim fabrique together are a bit much for the average mender/tailor.

That said, with a bit of research, one can find a great many specialists in this field who would be happy to help with your project. A master tailor that I partner with here in Boston is Roger of Hinds Lines & Designs would be more than happy to help with any queries when time allows.

For example, full-kit pricing is $150USD for a basic pattern, and $200USD for a complete sample, not including fabrique and pieces.

How To Create Your Own Pair Of Raw Denim Pt.2

Fabrique

Now comes the denim fabrique of your choice. For instance, I use 100% cotton, natural dyed denim, and a option of full or short roll. The full rolls come in a myriad of textures, dyes, spins, and other intricacies. The short rolls will host some of the same qualities but tend to specialize in the selvedge textiles. This specialized fabrique can be purchased from a textile jobber (see Part 1 for more info).

The average pair of jeans will require about 1.5 yards of standard denim per pair, and 2.0 yards from a short/selvedge roll. For the small fee charged per denim yard, it would be recommended to purchase  extra to take into account any errors or mistakes.

The following four various fabrique houses are quite reliable and offer a ton of different types of denim, of course there are numerous others out there as well

Hyde Park Denim

Premium Denim Outlet

A.K. Fabrics NY

Fabric Place Basement

How To Create Your Own Pair Of Raw Denim Pt.2

How To Create Your Own Pair Of Raw Denim Pt.2

Design

So here you are in the game with fabrique on hand and a professional to make up a pattern & sample piece for your perfect pair of jeans. Without getting too elaborate with the hardware & top-stitching, the only other variables lie in the accents and personalized design. Simply put,the pocket bags and other areas.

Pocket bags are nothing more than the doubling of fabrique to create front pockets. As a designer, I source unique pieces from all over the world such as vintage railroader denim, batik, European embroidery, bandannas, raw silk, and other various fabriques.

Your options are basically endless, though I recommend you consider the durability for extended wear & tear. The same could go for the lining the two rear and coin pockets as well.

How To Create Your Own Pair Of Raw Denim Pt.2

Details

Now all you have left is to personalize the pair of jeans if you so choose. A marking, label, emblem, leather or cloth patch, or even hand markings with paint, dye, etc. Patches and labels constructed with cloth or leather are easily fastened by stitch and/or rivets.

My main recommendation now is that you take the time and do the due diligence to properly assemble a pair of unique jeans and  finish it with your own personal style. What sets you apart from the pack?

By all means embracing this adventure is a surefire way to learn a lot about the industry and have a lot of fun doing it. If you ever need any help with sourcing or other related issues please feel free to contact the shop.

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  • Vinyl Scratch

    The thing I was looking forward to the most in this article was the alleged “shortcomings” of selvedge denim mentioned in part 1, and yet it was not mentioned here. =/ What gives? (For reference, the quote was: “Selvage denim is fine, but I personally don’t find it that special when it’s shortcomings come to light. (More about that later.)”)

    • nick

      The shortcomings of shuttle loom denim is that its narrower, requiring 2 times the yardage, and its slower to make which drives up cost. There are no other shortcomings unless you consider slight yarn and weave irregularities a shortcoming, but most denim heads actually want this because it looks and feels more artisanal. The writer of this post knows jack squat about making denim. Jeans are one of the most difficult garments to construct properly and to get fitting properly. Unless you have access to a sample house that specializes in denim or have years of sewing experience and patience of a saint you are SOL to make good quality custom jeans. Ever sewn through 6 layers of 14oz denim or hand set rivets? It ain’t a cakewalk. Also good selvedge fabric is very hard to source unless you are in the apparel biz. This guy is a tool, find another source of info.

  • Ben

    Hey, the link to Hinds Lines & Designs is wrong – it doesn’t work! I think you can easily see the problem with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/devan.prithipaul Devan Prithipaul

    The thing I was looking forward to the most in this article was the alleged “shortcomings” of selvedge denim mentioned in part 1, and yet it was not mentioned here. =/ What gives? (For reference, the quote was: “Selvage denim is fine, but I personally don’t find it that special when it’s shortcomings come to light. (More about that later.)”)

  • http://layhillclothing.com/ Layhill CO-MFCEO

    I learned nothing. I’ve got one foot in the menswear game, so that may have something to do with it, but I was looking forward to a much more informative article.