Merchant & Mills Heroine Jeans in Eco Twill

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.

Fabric Choice

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.


Happy Sewing!


2 thoughts on “Merchant & Mills Heroine Jeans in Eco Twill

  1. Carol McNeely says:

    Just ordered this pattern. Would you be willing to give me a bit more information on fit? Do these jeans run large or small or fairly true to the finished garment dimensions? Thanks.

  2. Sara Cooley says:

    Hi! I’m happy to talk more about the fit. I cut the size 10 because I’m a 27″-37,” and the pants were a bit wide. I ended up taking in about 2″ on the waist and 1″ on the hip for a comfortable fit. That being said, it’s a pattern that isn’t meant to be form-fitting, so the desired finish might still be a little looser than what we’re used to in ready-to-wear jeans. Hope that helps!

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