A little over a week back Sue asked me if I had ever done any videos or how-to for attaching rivets and the answer was no, I hadn't.
It seems that since I started sewing jeans a year or so ago a HUGE number of people have been taking the plunge and whipping out their own jeans which is pretty awesome. I have no idea why there was the misconception that jeans were difficult, time consuming yes i'll agree, but difficult no.
I think a lot of the home-sewn jeans revival has to to do with Jalie 2908 womens stretch jean pattern. I have no idea what Jalie did different from other pattern makers but whatever it was people loved it. I have seen a few pairs in person and I admit they are a great fitting basic stretch jean. Check out some of the reviews over at PatternReview.com if you need more proof, the reviews don't lie....
Anyway.. One of the issues people have with making their own jeans is attaching the hardware. People selling rivets on ebay make them sound deceptively easy to attach. In truth I suppose they are but it's not as simple as just hammering them in. I've attached a LOT of rivets and I've learned a few tricks that make the process easier. I've also attached my share of jeans buttons which are otherwise known as tack buttons. Though not as difficult they have their own set of challenges.
This is my first how-to video in a long time and I hope the important points come across clear enough. A rewarding project to work on to be sure, I think you'll enjoy it! If you like, click the direct link above the videos and watch full screen in 720p over at YouTube. The quality difference is quite apparent and worth waiting for them to load up. There were some audio out of sync issues with the first upload Friday I cleaned them up and uploaded fresh copies. Should be all almost perfect now.
Rivet Video Part 1
Rivet Video Part 2
Jeans Button/Tack Button Video