Completed. My first pair of jeans, Jennifer Stern Designs No. 0037.
Well, almost - I didn't put the jeans button fly, pocket buttons or the rivets on (yet).
MNBarb from Pattern Review (message board discussion here) probably provided one of the best link for jeans buttons - I'm going to order them from this ebay seller - Dimebuttons - link is Here. Apparently, since LA is the hub (reputedly 80% of the high end jeans are designed here) - I should be able to buy some fantastic supplies; I need to hunt some down stat!
For more information on the high ends jeans manufacturing in Los Angeles - check out this LA Times Article, "Premium Jeans the Los Angeles Way." One of the key aspects of this business is that LA manufacturers can take orders as late as 2:00 pm and have them out by 5:00 pm. Wow! According to research, wholesale denim (high end) can cost anywhere from 12.00 a yard to 25.00 a yard. My denim was 6.00 a yard:) I am going to check out sources for us readers, my recollection is that Mood has some good denim.
On the others I used a denim double needle to simulate the felling. However, I don't recommend the use of the denim double needle. I made a mistake and in pulling up the stitches cut a hole in the inseam - I took up the right leg 1/4" and am experience some pulling (not evident in the pictures) on that side but I can live with that. These jeans need a good wash - so I can get off all the tiny threads!
Another essential tool is an awl which sewing. Really critical. I am working and made some great progress on my topstitching! I am definitely making these again and will use a contrast thread most probably next time - and higher end denim (and maybe corduroy). I'd also like to make a wide leg version ala Hudson Gwen jeans pictured here.
I have written a Pattern Review here for more detailed information.
P.S. After reviewing the pictures - I am definitely going to switch from a YKK Jeans Zipper 3.5" to a 5".