Hot Patterns produce their patterns on stiff white paper not tissue. This makes for a durable pattern piece but can be awkward to pin and position. ALL sizes are on one piece and it can be a bit tricky locating your size line especially at corners and curves.
So, trace over your size in coloured pen before you cut. If you have the patience and endurance you could trace your size onto tissue paper too. That way you’ll always have the complete original pattern and easier to pin and manipulate pieces. I’m lazy, so I didn’t do this.
Do not use your good fabric scissors to cut the paper: nothing blunts scissors quicker than paper and when you come to next cut that delicate chiffon it will tear and snag. Use household scissors.
Firstly, it shrinks about 20% so unless you want a really tight fitting pair of jeans – pre-shrink in a relatively hot wash at 40 degrees C.
On the Get Ready page Lynda commented
Secondly, this wash also eliminates extra dye. If you don’t want hands like this when you’re sewing and a denim dyed ironing board – wash the denim.
Use special jeans needles. There are times when you are sewing your jeans that you will have multiple layers of denim to sew through – top-stitching, attaching belt carriers and so on, maybe 8 layers of denim – so you need a needle that is sharp and tough.
You can see one casualty here – bent and broken – and this was a jeans needle! So buy a new pack you may need all of them.
Changes and alterations to the Hot Patterns pattern to make your life easier and your jeans better.
Thanks for reading. Ruth