Originally Posted by nastyandy
I'm wondering if someone can explain to me why a pair of jeans would be made with only one selvedge seam. I just picked up a pair of Lee raw half-selvedge jeans, and while I'm certainly not bothered by the different 'halves', I guess I don't really understand selvedge. I thought that selvedge denim was designed to prevent the fabric from unraveling, so wouldn't having one non-selvedge edge defeat the purpose??
Here is the hem from the jeans I am talking about:
Those Lee's feature 'selvedge' from wide looms, not narrow width shuttle looms. You can tell by the fringe on the edge of the selvedge - which is still selvedge by the way.
Don't be confused
The selvedge outseams that are a feature on jeans made of shuttle loom denim was there as a result of finding the most efficient placement of pattern pieces onto the narrow width of fabric. If you imagine a roll of fabric laid flat out, the pattern pieces of the legs (2 front, 2 back) would follow the edges of the fabric and the waistband, fly and pocket patterns would occupy the space in the middle.
The fraying of the edge of the fabric was not a priority.
The fabric of which those Lee's were made is around double the width of shuttle loom denim. So there would be huge wastage in the middle of the fabric if you placed the pattern pieces in the same way as for narrow width denim.