I’ve been so excited to show you the newest item in our shop: Matt and I have assembled Jeans & Pants Essential Notions kits!
We’ve included all the notions you will need to give your carefully sewn pants that professional finishing touch. The kit comes in two themes: Antique Brass and Gun Metal so you can match the tones of your fabric choice to the warm or cool tones of the kits.
Each kit includes a zipper, a jeans button and six rivets. To help you install your zipper, you can refer to our Fly Front Video which we created as part of our Jedediah Shorts Sew-along. And, to learn how to apply your button and rivets, all you need do is to read Matt’s excellent tutorial! Plus, to REALLY encourage you to get pants sewing, our Jedediah Pants are currently 25% off until Friday, October 10th! Use the discount code “HAMMERTIME”!
The zippers we chose are 6″ (Aqua/Brass) and 7″ (Grey/Gun Metal) to suit most casual pants patterns. For instance, our Jedediah Pants require a 6″ zipper but a 7″ zipper would do nicely for the larger sizes or can be shortened to suit your needs using tutorials such as this excellent one by Jacque Goldsmith for Threads Magazine.
The zippers are Talon 42 metal zippers which are strong and very classic in appearance. Talon is an American company who began in 1893 under the name Universal Fastener Company and they were and still are used by many of the major jeans manufacturers. After all, they are the company that actually invented the zipper! You can read an interesting short article on the history at Rawr Denim.
The rivets are unmarked with brand names and look very professional when added to pockets. Matt’s tutorial is extremely in depth so that you will be confident when you apply them to your pants, but really, it is VERY simple to do!
Simply push the silver pin through the fabric and into the rivet cap. Hammer lightly against the silver base until the rivet is tight against the fabric. The pins are long enough that they can be used through several thick layers of denim but can be snipped with pliers or side cutters to suit whatever thickness you are encountering.
The buttons we chose are light but strong with a classic oak leaf design. I love the dark background against the antique brass color! The buttons are applied in the very same manner as the rivets using a slightly larger pin. The metal shank on these buttons makes it easy to button or unbutton even heavy denim jeans.
I hope our Jeans & Pants Essential Notions kit will help you in your pants sewing odyssey this winter! I plan to use the Gun Metal colored kit with a couple meters of our new Grease Canvas to make my dad some pants – I’ll show them to you once they are done!