I started making jeans in December 2007, on winter break from school. I'd been boring my friends and classmates all semester with half baked ideas about how I was going to start making my own clothes, and now it was time to make good. Unfortunately a perfectly good pair of thrifted jeans was sacrificed to make the pattern, but them's the breaks.
I wasn't proud of them at first. The sewing process was a brutal five day fight and extremely humbling. I wasn't able to finish them for want of a button, so they sat in my closet until the summer.
When summer came I did start using them as work jeans for at my construction job. The job also let me upgrade equipment, get a few new machines and keep making new jeans. By the end of the summer I picked up a better machine and started sourcing better denim.
The project was put on hold while I was abroad for fall 2008, but I wore these jeans long and hard and they're precious to me now. 7 months and 6 new passport stamps later they have many many memories etched into the indigo.