Hi Minerva readers! _ym.sews_ here with you today to talk about an exciting sewing project I've been working on for the Minerva Crafts blogger network...…jeans!

I’ve sewn a number of jeans patterns before which have all been fairly skinny fit so wanted to try out a looser fitting jeans pattern. In my hunt for a new wardrobe staple I came across the Morgan Jeans Sewing Pattern, a boyfriend style jeans pattern finished with a button fly front. I love this detail! It’s one of my favourite features of the pattern itself.

I came across the Art Gallery Denim Fabric on Minerva’s site and knew it would be perfect for the Morgans. There are a few different colourways and I went for ‘Bluebottle Field’ which is a colour I think will go with lots of different tops in my handmade wardrobe. 

I sewed a wearable muslin first before cutting into my chosen Minerva fabric, and I would recommend you do the same to make sure the fit is right before cutting into your beautiful denim! My muslin fit pretty nicely and so I got started with my real pair. 

The jeans came together really quickly and I love the instruction booklets included in Closet Case Pattern designs. Heather includes so much detail, and even has detailed blog posts and sew alongs for certain bits of the pattern (such as inserting jeans buttons and rivets which can be a little daunting the first time!).  

I attached the Jeans Buttons on my muslin using a hammer and frying pan, but got some Prym Pliers in time for this pair. Using the pliers was a light bulb moment! So I've included them in my materials list for you. They make applying jeans buttons so so easy. I would highly recommend them, and am already looking forward to putting snaps on everything I make in the future.

I’m so glad I went for this fabric. The denim has a lovely saturated colour and hasn’t faded after washing. It is medium weight so perfect for many seasons. Plus I love the way the hems look rolled up. I wouldn’t hesitate to make another pair in a different colour way…I think the Scarlet Brick one would be perfect for a pair of autumnal jeans.

So in summary, perfect fabric: pattern match. The fabric makes these jeans very comfortable to wear and they have a teeny bit of stretch in the nature of the fabric (despite being 100% cotton), which add to the comfort factor. Don’t let jeans buttons put you off sewing these beauties up. Also don’t be put of trouser/ jeans making. I can vouch for these instructions being very easy to follow and the pictures are great too. Everyone should make jeans!