Hi Everyone and Happy Monday! This weekend seemed so much shorter in comparison to last weekend where I was lucky enough to have Monday and Tuesday off for the July 4th holiday. I have a feeling this week is going to see extra long as well!
I’m excited to be sharing my second jeans pattern that I’ve tried – The Morgan Jeans from Closet Case Patterns. I have been a self proclaimed Ginger Jeans girl for a long time since I made my first pair last fall. Since making that first pair I’ve made three more pairs that I’ve continued to love (my Cone Mills denim pair here, my dark Ralph Lauren denim pair here, and my floral jeans here). I’ve also made two other pairs that for one reason or another just didn’t turn out the way I planned (usually the fabrics fault…haha).
While I’m a true believer in if it ain’t broke, don’t fix them, I really did want to give the Morgan Jeans a go. After seeing Emily’s pair and knowing that I had the same exact fabric, I knew I had to try them out! I am so glad they did – because they are so good.
The Morgan Jeans are a slim boyfriend jeans pattern for non-stretch denim. From the Closet Case website, they feature “a mid-rise, traditional five pocket construction, contoured waistband, tapered leg and button fly, Morgan fits snugly through the hip but relaxes and conforms to your curves with a little wear (size up for a slouchier, more casual fit). Choose between a regular or cropped inseam, and add an optional leather waistband patch.”
I’ve been wanting to make a pair of white jeans for a while. I made a failed pair of Gingers that the fabric was just AWFUL so I’ve been a little bit nervous to give it a try again. But, I decided that non-stretch denim had to be less risky. I used a brushed white non-stretch denim from Hart’s Fabric. I love that it is brushed – it’s so comfy!
The Morgan Jeans compared to the Ginger Jeans go together so much quicker! I’m not sure why that is, but there are a lot less pieces. Also, a button fly is a lot easier to install (and a lot less risky to install) than a traditional zipper fly. I would opt for a button fly in my future pairs except that going to the bathroom takes a lot longer….so it’s cute, and easier, but probably not my preferred method.
I used a white quilting cotton with gold dots for the waistband facing and the pocket linings thinking you wouldn’t be able to see the gold dots through the denim, but you kinda can. You can’t really see unless you’re looking for it, but next time, I think I’ll just use a sold white fabric.
I don’t normally opt for a “boyfriend” style jeans, but Heather is a magician (I’m pretty sure I say that about all her patterns). They are tight in the right places and baggier in the other places to make it really flattering and beautiful. I thought I would think that the rise was a little bit high, but I actually liked it.
The jeans come with two different inseams – a cropped and a regular. I usually shorten my Gingers close to 5″ (I have such short legs….), but I risked it and decided to sew up the cropped inseam. They are a little long but I like them cuffed so the length didn’t make a big difference.
I wore my jeans all day and they held their shape and was really comfortable (and really easy to eat a whole full lunch + dessert!).
If you haven’t given jeans I try, I can’t recommend the Ginger Jeans and the Morgan Jeans enough. That being said, I do think that the Morgan jeans are a little bit easier and they come together a lot quicker. Ginger Jeans covers all the aspects of jean making. I think jean making is like a sewing super power – and it’s probably my favorite thing to tell people I’ve made.
Morgan Jeans Summary:
Size Made: 10
View: Cropped version
Fabric Used: White Brushed Denim from Hart’s Fabric
Ease of Construction: I was prepared for them to be similar to the Ginger Jeans, but they were a bit easier and faster. As always, Closet Case Patterns is awesome though.
Fit: I really like the fit. I think I might try a size 8 next time though for a more fitted boyfriend jean.
PS – I posted last night on my Instagram Story that I’d love these posts to be helpful to you in the best way possible. If you ever have a question or curious about something that I’ve made, never hesitate to ask! Someone asked about Jeans Hardware last night so I wanted to give you my recommendations on the best places to get jeans hardware:
- Closet Case Patterns has really great kits that have everything that you need and they come in 3 colors. She has both Zipper Fly Front and Button Fly Kits.
- I am a #lazysewist and tend to leave off rivets (not tend to – I’ve never put rivets on). Because of that, I really love Wawak’s Jeans Buttons kit. I used these on the floral jeans, white jeans, Morgan Jeans and my Hampton Jean Jacket.
- I also really am a big sucker for any sort of kits. It takes all the thinking of it for me. Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics has a jeans kit that has topstitching thread, jeans needles, double jean needle, rivets, jeans buttons, rivet tool, humper jumper (I’ve never used this, but I think it could be helpful on those bulky seams?) and a fly for the zipper.
Let me know if you have any other questions below!
PS – Sorry for the photo quality. #Humidity….it apparently fogged up my camera lens and we didn’t notice till we were done and back inside. If you’ve ever been in DC in the summer, you’ll know what I mean….#humidity y’all….