My daughter had a favorite pair of jeans that she had worn out. I cut them apart to make a pattern after checking that the denim fabric I had purchased had the same % of stretch as her original pair. The weight of the denim is slightly heavier than her denim but I would still consider it to be a lightweight denim. I followed Angela's instructions as to distressing and order of construction. Angela's directions are very clear. It was a lot of work and I found the distressing took as long as the construction but they look store bought and I think these jeans turned out fabulously!