I can’t resist a good ‘behind the scenes look’ of well…. anything. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity to take a tour of a denim production facility in Chicago, called Dearborn Denim.
The factory is located on the west side of the city in a space used to be a laundry facility.
The first main room has all of the sewing equipment and cutting table/machine. The second, smaller room has all of the finished jeans and some pressing equipment.
This is the large cutting table (or should I say tables). Talk about my dream work space.
I dream of having a large cutting table in my sewing room but in reality my dream table would probably take up the whole room. heh
They cut multiple layers of material at a time and each pattern piece is printed on the long strip of paper (above) and held down with those heavy pattern weights.
They have a plethora of industrial sewing machines, each with their own purpose.
Tool and pattern storage:
It’s fun to see how these startups’ function. I’m always viewing these spaces through a lens of a home seamstress. I notice some similarities as well as many, major differences.
Dearborn Denim is a 100% US company that sources their stretch denim from Georgia, if I recall correctly.
A whole bin of pre-sewn fly shields:
There were TONS of measuring tapes, all over the shop. I really have no idea why they need so many…
Comfy chair to sew in. :)
While I don’t have any pictures of the jeans themselves, I did go home with a well-fitting pair for myself. The slim, high-waisted style was pretty close to perfect for me. Being short-waisted, the waist of these fall juuuust below my true waist. And the back pocket placement was perfect for my pear-shaped figure.
What was a major selling point for me was they hemmed them right on the spot. I hate hemming.
I’m hoping to take Felix back here to try on the men’s Tailored style – and again they’ll hem on the spot. :D Yay to no hemming for meeee. :D
The denim is a light-weight style, more of fashion jeans than a thicker denim. While I’d wear these all season long, they would probably be considered too light in weight for deep winter. Just an FYI.
Cheers & happy sewing.