Jeans for the First Timer
As soon as Merchant & Mills released their Made in Denim pattern collection, I knew it was time to try my hand at sewing my own jeans. Pants in general intimidate this dressmaker, but jeans seem especially tricky. A staple in any casual wardrobe, a good pair of jeans should be both cute and comfy, with just the right amount of fit and flexibility. I’m happy to report that the Heroine Jeans’ high waist and wide leg deliver on all of the above.
Who says jeans have to be made in blue denim? For my first foray, I chose Eco Twill in Burgundy. For my sustainable sewists out there, Eco Twill is a blend of 65% recycled polyester (from plastic bottles!) and 35% cotton that is soft to the touch, washes beautifully, and sews like a dream. It’s as stiff as a midweight denim with no stretch, so it makes for a looser-fitting pant. That means it’s perfect for wearing over the fleece-lined tights that get me through the New England winters. Eco Twill would also make a lovely structured skirt or a bold transitional jacket, like the other patterns in the Merchant & Mills denim collection.
Fitting the Heroine Jeans
As for fit, I didn’t bother with a muslin (as I’m familiar with how Merchant & Mills patterns fit me). However, I did make some small adjustments along the way. The crotch is slightly raised, and the hips are reshaped to fit my body. I also prefer a more tapered leg in my pants, so starting the taper at the knee, I took in about two inches at the ankle. If you’re using a stretchier fabric for your pants and want them more fitted, I would suggest making a muslin first.