You may have noticed that vintage Levi 501s and more relaxed fitting jeans are having a major resurgence and I’ve been all over it. While I still love my Ginger skinnies, there is something refreshing about the feeling of 100% cotton jeans; they mold to your body in a totally personal way, are extraordinarily comfortable once you’ve broken them in, and are a welcome alternative to the skin-tight silhouette we’ve all been wearing for the last ten years or so.
I’ve tried on dozens of pairs in search of the best fit and wanted to design the perfect pair of 100% cotton jeans; slim without being tight, relaxed without being baggy. Boyfriend jeans that actually look good on girlfriends.
So without further ado…..
Featuring 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. Choose between a regular or cropped inseam, and add an optional leather waistband patch for a sly nod to designer denim.
This pattern went through 3 rounds of testing until we settled on a sizing model and silhouette that worked on as broad a range of body types as possible. Worn true to size, they are slim through the hip and thigh (although will relax considerably over the course of the day, as 100% cotton tends to do). They can also be worn sized down for a closer, more nostalgic fit, or sized up for an exaggerated boyfriend silhouette (for your reference, I’m wearing a straight size 14 in the blue sample and a size 14 hip with a size 12 leg in the black sample; my hip measurement is 42″).
While I’m not hosting a sewalong for this pattern (no need with my Sewing Your Own Jeans ebook and Ginger sewalong), I will be writing a few unique to Morgan posts in the coming weeks that walk you through fitting, installing a button fly and most excitingly, aging and distressing your denim.
DENIM KITS ARE BACK!
I am also thrilled to say that I’ve paired with Jenny at Workroom Social once again to bring you another amazing denim kit! This time we’ve chosen some really special non-stretch denims to go with your Morgan pattern: a deep indigo Cone Mills, along with a distressed Italian denim in a hard to find medium wash. The kits include everything you need to make two pairs of jeans, including a print copy of the pattern. As per usual, this is a pre-sale, meaning we’ll start shipping after gathering our supplies in approximately 6-8 weeks. These kits always sell out very quickly due to limited supply so if you’d like to take all the guesswork out of making Morgan, I’d snap one up asap!
JEANS-MAKING NOTION KITS
But wait, that’s not all! I decided I wanted to make it as easy as possible for you to make your own jeans year-round, so we’re now permanently stocking jean-making notions kits in the shop. We’ve had all of our hardware custom made in three beautiful finishes; you can now purchase fly front or button fly kits in your choice of brass (a brushed gold colour), copper, or nickel (brushed silver). Each kit will make one pair of jeans, and includes jeans buttons, rivets, Schmetz denim needles and either a YKK zipper or 15mm button fly buttons, depending on what kit you choose.
Finally, I’d like to send out a big hug to my muse for this pattern, Morgan of Crab & Bee. One of my favourite makers, I’m continually inspired by her excellent taste and effortless, understated personal style. When I was thinking about this design in its infancy, she was always the person I strove to make happy in my mind, and I can’t think of a better person to name this pattern after. Thank you Morgan!
I hope you like the new pattern! An questions or comments? I’ll get back to you below!