A couple of weeks ago I commented on a post mentioning my experience with MakeYourOwnJeans.com (I am going to use the abbreviation MYOJ) and was asked to do a longer post about it.
So here we go.
I am barely 5'11 which I do not find very tall but obviously clothing manufactureres do. Switzerland, beautiful as it is, comes with very little in the area of tall clothing and what you can find is usually either incredibly expensive or very oldfashioned or a combination of both. I have long since taken to ordering my clothes online but in regards to jeans, this was never quite satisfying. Either the jeans did not fit around the waist, were still too short, too long (not that much of a problem) or, which is mostly the case, just too expensive.
Then I discovered MYOJ. For those of you who do not know the site, they make a lot of custom made clothing: jeans, mens suits, chino pants, leather jackets, shorts but also carry a selection of ready-made clothing.
Prices depend on the fabric you choose but usually range between 49 US dollars and 69 dollars. And there is A LOT of fabric to choose from, different colors, washings, weight or also stretch or non-stretch.
After that, you can further customize your jeans by adding 'add-ons', meaning a specific pocket style, or embroideries, etc. Add-ons are not included in the original price, but if you, say only add a pocket style and don't embroider your jeans back and forth, pricing will be reasonable. :)
You will, of course, have to take your measurements which scared me off at first. However, it is really easy and they even show you little pictures of how to do it.
And that's just about it. So far I have only paid by credit card, not sure whether they accept anything else, maybe PayPal, you'd have to check. The payment is made in indian rupies which looks... weird, but is nothing to worry about.
So far, I have ordered three times from MYOJ, the first two jeans sitting in my closet and the third currently being on the way to me.
Everything I have ordered up until now has turned out EXACTLY the way I wanted it to be and none of the measurements were mysteriously changed or something. I finally own pants that are long enough, fit and do not cost a fortune! Being from Europe, I pay quite a lot of taxes and delivery, but still, regular jeans off the rack would cost me about double - if I could find some, that's it.
I can definitely recommend the page to anyone who has trouble finding pants in regular stores. Prices are reasonable, the selection is huge and you can get about everything done that you want to do with your jeans. If you have toyed with the idea of ordering before - go ahead!