Jeans
The making of our jeans
Here at Jeanswest, we have been making jeans for over 40 years. We know denim and are continually inspired by its possibilities. Discover here what it takes to make a pair of our best-fitting jeans.
1. Design and development
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The process begins with our design team dreaming up their next creation. There is much to think about; fabric, stitching, trims, thread colour, washing and styling details. Once the initial design is complete, all of this important information is sent to our factory team who begin working on making the designer’s vision into a reality.
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1. Design and development

Denim is a fabric of many possibilities. Although made of cotton, it can also be combined with other materials such as polyester, elastane, rayon and Lyocell to name a few. Fabric selection is based on many things; fit, wash, style of jean and seasonality. A rigid denim is perfect for relaxed fits and a stretch denim for slimmer styles. Weight is also important, distressed styles with holes and abrasions require a heavier denim and those without can be lighter in weight.

3. Sampling
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To ensure your Jeanswest jeans are fitting best, we undergo a detailed process where we review prototypes and make sure all measurements and features are correct. This even means fitting the sample on a fit model. We also review our thread and hardware colour selections, all of which can change if we feel they aren’t working and there is a better option. We’re committed to creating the best fit and style at every stage.
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We are always committed to creating the best fit and style.
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4. Pattern Making
Once the garment is approved after the sampling process, the pattern makers create a pattern for each size of jean. The denim is laid out flat for 24hrs to ensure it isn’t stretched from being rolled and then the cutting begins!
5. Sewing
Our team of sewers begin the task of assembling the jeans. Each person is responsible for a function of the jeans ie. pockets. Eight people can be working on a pair of jeans at any one time! Lastly, the zip is sewn into the jeans, but before this happens, the jeans go through a metal detector to ensure there are no broken needles caught in the fabric.
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6. Dry Washing
After the jeans are sewn together, it is time for wash treatments. ‘Dry’ washing refers to the treatments that are applied to the jean before they are washed. This can include brushing, abrasions, grinding and holes, resin creases and whiskers or special added pigments. Not all jeans require dry washing; raw, black or very dark denim is an example of this. The purpose of dry washing is to ‘age’ the denim and give it a worn-in appearance.
7. Wet Washing
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Following the dry treatments, the jeans are washed. This can be in water, to soften the denim and remove any excess indigo in the denim or with agents to lighten the colour of the jean. The possibilities here are endless and we have many options which allow us to change the colour and appearance of the jean. We are always exploring new effects.
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7. Wet Washing
Time to get dry! The jeans are placed in an industrial size tumble dryer or individually hung on a conveyer belt that travels through the factory and dries naturally. This method is reflective of our continued focus on environmentally responsible practices.
We are always committed to creating the best fit and style.
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It’s almost a wrap...but not before a final trim of any loose threads, lint removal, a full steam and labelling applied.
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9. Trims and Hardware
Once the jeans are dry, it is time for the trims to be attached by a manually operated machine, this includes shank buttons and rivets. If the jeans have a leather label, this is also attached at this stage.
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11. Quality Inspection
Time for another set of eyes to inspect the jeans. Measurements, labelling and the wash are checked. Anything not passing the quality check will be removed from the order. Fitting and looking best is always our focus.
11. Quality Inspection
The finished jeans are then packed into boxes to be loaded on to the boat or plane, headed for your nearest store!
And that’s the journey of our best-fitting  jeans! From start to finish, we make sure Jeanswest always fits best
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