As promised, here are my notes from the Tummy Tuck jeans technique.  See my post earlier here about Kathy Ruddy to get all of her contact information if you’d like to order her technique kits – which are available in a range of formats.

Basically the tummy tuck jean technique was copied from Not your Daughter’s jeans.  I’ve never tried on a pair – they finally started making them in tall lengths this season & they’re available at Long Tall Sally for a whopping $175.00 per pair.

The description of the jeans says:  Created for real women with real curves NYDJ are renowned for their great fit
•The family run business sports a range of tummy tuck jeans that flatter and lift allowing you to wear 1 size smaller
•Classic 5 pocket straight leg jean with banded waist, belt loops and a unique criss-cross panel that flattens your tummy, lifts your rear and makes you look and feel a size smaller

And I just noticed thier tall jeans are a 35″ inseam.  In the land of tall jeans, a 35″ inseam is for petites!!  Many jeans now run to a 38″ or even 39″ inseam!

Anyway the tummy tuck part is simple.  I’ve borrowed the pic from Bunny La Sewista’s blog which has a helpful article on this technique.  Imagine this in denim, with the satin replace by a firm, non stretch woven like muslin:

See how the stay runs seam to seam? Basically this is the same technique, just using a firm, woven fabric for the stay. The pattern copied from RTW had the stay & pocket lining from the muslin and the stay was straight across the bottom of the pocket, instead of curved like a regular pocket – this made the pocket a little shallower. Et Voila!

Here’s a pic scooped from e-bay of the actual jeans:

Apparently the red cover stitching is part of their branding and does not add any function to the garment.