Fly went together very well, using this tutorial. (Thanks, Ann!) I pinned instead of using the two-sided tape, which I don't have on hand. Worked just fine. This method is similar in construction to the tutorial I have used for doing a trouser/slacks fly. It seems so intimidating, and it has many separate steps, but it's actually easier to get a professional result doing a fly than it is doing a standared lapped zipper!
At least, it is for me.
However, after doing the zipper fly on my muslin, I'm going to change a few things on the pattern for when I do the pants for real. For one, I'm going to extend the pocket facings across the front of the jeans so they become the stabilization for the fly, as suggested in the tutorial above.
I am also going to make the fly extensions deeper, because, as you can see from these photos, my desired topstitching line was outside of the fly extension and did not catch the zipper properly! The pins mark where the fly extension actually is:
For now, I just basted the fly properly so that I can try on the pants without the fly pulling weird!
Overall, though, I'm pleased with the results. I'm glad I've previously done five zipper flies before doing a jeans fly or I might have found the instructions a little confusing.
Yesterday, I said that something I love about sewing is seeing three dimensional shapes form from flat pieces of fabric. Here's another thing I love about sewing my own clothes:
Contrast linings! Interesting zippers! When I sewed my first suit jacket, I gave it a polka dot lining. When I made myself a pair of black short-shorts for lingerie wear, I embroidered "Sexy" across the inner waist facing! IN PINK! (giggle) When I made myself a motorsport-themed purse, I gave it a black and white zig-zag lining reminiscent of tire tread. The grey linen pants I made last year have pale purple pocket linings. When I sew a pair of jeans for SK, I'm so going to use rainbow thread for the topstitiching (she'll love it.) Oh, oh, oh! If I ever make velvet jeans, I could do the topstiching in silver...