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From: seamstress16
Date: 05-03-2005, 01:17 AM (1 of 7)
Hi all. I haven't made any blue jeans yet, but I did by the pattern and the fabric to do so. I have been purchasing jeans from the store forever, and I give them plenty of wear. But, after about 4-6 months of constant wear, the crotch or seat of the pants usually split. For absolutely no reason. I might get a pair out of the washer and the crotch is torn to shreds. Well, I was wondering if there is anything special I could do to my jeans when I make them, to make them hold up longer. Is the problem with store bought jeans just that they are cheaply made or am I just giving my jeans too much wear?
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From: MaryW
Date: 05-12-2005, 10:24 AM (2 of 7)
What a good question. Are they splitting at the seam or is the fabric frayed away in any specific place.
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From: seamstress16
Date: 05-12-2005, 11:46 AM (3 of 7)
They are splitting across the entire length of the crotch seam.
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 05-12-2005, 11:57 AM (4 of 7)
Is it the seam itself or is it the fabric next to the seam.. If its the seam itself , sounds like they were constructed with rotten thread.. If its the fabric, then its too much stress there.. (not enough fabric) I cannot tell you what alteration to make to alleviate that problem.. Check the Pants fitting lessons on this site.. I think Julie has covered all those items in her lessons on fitting..
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From: seamstress16
Date: 05-12-2005, 06:09 PM (5 of 7)
Thank you! You gave me two very good insights to the problem. And, it is the actual fabric. I had one pair that I saw start to shred. The fabric right next to the seam starts to slowly shred and then finally pulls completely out.
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From: paroper
Date: 05-13-2005, 09:02 AM (6 of 7)
I'm with Libby, unless it is from friction which usually wears out a large hole, it sounds like you need a little more fullness in that area.

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From: Llantrisant
Date: 05-20-2005, 06:29 PM (7 of 7)
You can try putting in a gusset, measure the length of the crotch seams where theyre torn,then cut a diamond shape plus seam allowance,machine sew over the crotch area, this should give some room also.
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