Learn how to sew a pair of jeans from scratch!
Sew Your Dream Jeans | Sewing Class
CHOOSE YOUR PATTERN:
Includes your choice of jeans patterns in PDF or print format:
Ginger High/Low-Rise Jeans, Ginger Mid-Rise Jeans, Morgan Boyfriend Jeans or Jude Flares.
Sew Your Dream Jeans | Sewing Class
Do you want to learn how to sew custom-made jeans? Have you made off-the-rack jeans your sworn enemy because you can never find a pair that fits? Scared to get started because sewing them just seems too hard?
If you find yourself nodding along, look no further. Our Sew Your Dream Jeans sewing class will give you the tools, techniques and confidence to design, sew, and fit your very own custom pair of jeans.
Welcome to the ultimate jean-making class! Here’s a secret that’s bound to change everything: jeans are not the enemy, and learning how to sew jeans - no matter your skill level - isn’t that hard. Plus, DIY-ing your denim is way more fun than trying on a few hundred pairs in a tiny dressing room, only to find one that kinda-sorta fits your body. Skip the hassle of one-style-fits-all and fill your wardrobe with professional, handmade denim that polishes your sewing skills and celebrates your best assets. We’ve condensed every detail we've ever learned about the process of making jeans into this in-depth, easy to follow workshop that we know you’ll love!
Work at your own pace – anytime, anywhere, on any device – and learn how to sew jeans on a standard sewing machine, including fitting, sourcing denim and supplies, and professional construction methods that make your jeans look like they were made for you – because they were!
View the Trailer:
- How to source high-quality denim and jean-making supplies
- How to find the perfect size for your body, and grade in-between sizes to get the best fit out of the package
- Basic jeans fitting skills, with examples shown on a live model and major adjustments demonstrated on camera
- How to prep and cut denim to prevent ‘leg twist’
- Sewing techniques for the most durable denim seams, using a regular sewing machine or serger
- Tips for painless and professional-looking topstitching
- Jeans construction from start to finish, including two different pocket styles, and a comfortable, non-gaping waistband
- The easiest way to sew a fly front zipper and button fly
- Simple methods to install jeans hardware like buttons and rivets at home (without any fancy equipment!)
- How to place back pockets that accentuate your best assets
While you can use any jeans pattern while sewing along with this course (including men's jeans and patterns from other companies), we've included all of our best-selling jeans patterns with enrolment. Choose between:
- Ginger Jeans for stretch denim in high or low rise in PDF format (sizes 0-20 + 14-32) and Print format (sizes 0-20)
- Ginger Mid-Rise Jeans for stretch denim in PDF format (sizes 0-20)
- Morgan Jeans for non-stretch denim in PDF or print format (sizes 0-20) and Print format (sizes 0-20)
- Jude Flare Jeans for stretch denim in PDF format (sizes 0-20 + 14-32)
Print patterns will be shipped directly to you. For instant gratification, choose a PDF pattern; see our guide to printing and assembling PDF patterns here.
Ginger Jeans (sizes 0-32)
Morgan Jeans (sizes 0-20)
Ginger Jeans (sizes 0-32)
Jude Flare Jeans (Sizes 0-32)
- Printable cutting list to help you keep track of pattern pieces and fit adjustments
- Comprehensive sourcing guide for all your jean-making needs
- Downloadable jeans & pants fitting guide to help you diagnose common fitting issues
- Printable resource of over 30 back pocket designs to help you personalize your jeans
- Watch anywhere video lessons with closed captioning.
Meet Your Instructor
Heather Lou is the force behind Closet Core Patterns and Core Fabrics. As a pattern designer and sewing educator, she has been writing and teaching about sewing for over a decade, and has taught thousands of people to sew, both online and in sold-out sewing workshops across North America & Europe. Her work has been featured in Threads, Sew News, Seamwork, Love Sewing and Sewing World magazine.
With her contagiously positive attitude, Heather’s teaching style is fun, approachable, and filled with helpful tips and techniques to help you transform the outfits in your imagination into a self-made wardrobe you love — not one you’re limited to buying off the rack.
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm pscyhed about making my own jeans! How do I get started?
Welcome to the class that changes everything about how you make and wear jeans! To get sewing, click on the button at the top or bottom of this page, choose your pattern format, and you'll be automatically enrolled in your class after checkout. The link to login to the class will be sent to you via email. Please check your spam folder if you don't receive it after finalizing your purchase.
When does this class start and finish?
The beauty of Closet Core Patterns’ online classes is that you call the shots on when they begin and end. Sew Your Dream Jeans is a completely self-paced, online class, which means you get to decide when you start, when you finish, and how many times you replay it.
What will I need to get started?
In the class we’ll share a complete supply list, along with information about where and how to source everything on said list. At the very least, you’ll need a sewing machine (serger optional), iron, denim needles, denim material, lining for your pockets, topstitching & regular thread, and a jeans button.
How long does the class take to complete?
It’s up to you! To give you an idea of how long the class is start to finish, the video runs just over 4 hours long and comprises 13 lessons total. Binge watch them in a weekend, or do a little at a time. You can return to the class as many times as you’d like, and there’s no time limit for you to complete in.
How do I get my patterns?
Please choose your jeans pattern in either a PDF format (which you can print at home or at a copy shop) or print patterns we'll ship directly to you. If you select the PDF format, you'll be able to download your patterns immediately after checkout, or by using the download link sent to you via email. Print patterns will be shipped in 5-10 days.
Can I use any jeans pattern for this class?
This class focuses on construction and technique, and while we use the Ginger jeans to demonstrate on camera, you can follow along using absolutely any jeans pattern you prefer, including a mens pattern.
How long can I access the class?
All day, ‘erryday. But for real, this class includes lifetime access. After you enroll, the class is yours, which means you’ve got unlimited access for as long as you like, across all devices for all of eternity.
Learned a lot. About jean construction and all sorts of tips and tricks. Really practical and great pace.
My purchase of this course was worth the money. I was happy with my first pair of Ginger Jeans and I don't think I would have had the same result without the course. My issues with the course are a bit nitpicky. I very much liked the class but I felt a couple things could improve. My primary issue was with the shaky camera work when showing close ups of the actual sewing portions of the course. I found it distracting. Also the instructor, Heather Lou, appears to be in a bit of a rush in the videos. This wasn't a problem since I could rewatch or pause the video, but it seemed a little odd. Other than that, it was a really good class and I will be purchasing the other courses when I start those projects.
Very good pattern abd the video course was excellent.
Très instructif, extrêmement bien démontré et expliqué. J’ai beaucoup apprécié la philosophie du prof qui nous encourage à nous lancer dans ce projet et à être fière de nous malgré les imperfections qui sont inévitables (et vraiment pas si graves). A mon tour de me lancer!
I was so happy I found this! I have experience sewing but I’m not very polished. I was looking for a denim tutorial for awhile because I have been wanting to rework some thrifted men’s denim Wrangler/Levis. I was able to successfully rework them to my size and they fit great! Couldn’t have done it without this tutorial!
I did feel like running out to show everyone I made jeans ! this course is so worth it. I watched each video many times. Everything is very well explained. I learned many new tricks. I have been sewing for many years but did very few pairs of pants because I didn't think I could get the fitting right. That course changed all that, It made me confident I can do the adjustments and get right fit. I really liked the explanations on how to try on and examine the lines, what is ok and what can be fixed. I am really proud of my Ginger jeans and I am looking forward to making the Morgan.
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