Make a date with denim in the classic and versatile Ames Jeans. These 5-pocket wardrobe essentials are the real deal, with features like rivets, belt loops and a fly front. When it comes to jeans, perfect fit is a must. Get the look you love tailored for apple or pear shapes, with two leg options - skinny or straight. Hold the style together with a high rise and pocket stay for secret smooth shaping.
SEWING LEVEL: Intermediate
SIZING: 12 to 28, with interchangeable pelvis (apple or pear fit) and leg (skinny or straight) pieces.
In the photos, Dawn (red hair) is wearing the pear + straight legs, and Jenny (blonde hair) is wearing the apple + skinny legs.
RECOMMENDED FABRIC: Main: 9.5 - 12 oz stretch denim with at least 2% lycra. Lining: non-stretch cotton. Interfacing: knit (stretch) or woven fusible, depending on preference for stretch in waistband.
NOTIONS: Denim / jeans needle, topstitching needle (optional), regular thread, topstitching thread, 7" (18 cm) metal jeans zipper, 1 jeans button, 8 jeans rivets (optional).
TOOLS: Point turner, hammer, awl (or nail), anvil (or other hard metal surface).
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The PDF comes as files to print at home or at a copy shop. Files are delivered as a .zip file which can be downloaded on a computer, but not on a mobile device. For more on PDFs, see the FAQs.
Instructions: 18 pages (4.5 MB)
Print at Home Pattern pieces: 70 pages (2 MB) - note there is a guide in the instructions for only printing the pages you need.
Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 3 pages (1.5 MB)
I made jeans that fit. First try. Without having to alter the pattern at all. This has never happened. And no one has mentioned them or said ‘did you make that?’ Because they just look like ‘real’ jeans.
I am teaching a jeans making class and selected your Ames Jeans pattern as a pattern choice for the participants. In preparation for the class, I've made 3 pairs and have been very pleased with all aspects of this pattern. The instructions are excellent and include notes for all those little things you need to know when making jeans. I especially appreciate the additional suggestions for sequencing construction to minimize thread changes between top stitching work. I use the chain stitch option on my cover stitch machine as my third machine. Works great for jeans construction!
Gotta love the design, the precision of pattern drafting in this pair of jeans. But the FIT is everything- and the apple or Pear pelvis options are just magic. I made the apple with straight legs and love them.
Best instruction booklet ever, I was able to make these with following steps in booklet and reading the Cashmerette tutorial on topstitching.
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Thank you SO much for this pattern.
I love the Ames Jeans printed pattern. The pattern was very well drafted and there was good room in it for my tummy. It's nice to find a jeans pattern which did not need a lot of adjustment to fit me. I will make these again and I don't often make patterns again. Beautiful.
I am a beginning sewist and I am so proud of myself! I actually made a pair of jeans! The only other garment that I have successfully sewed is the Appleton dress. I used the Ames jeans pattern and the Cashmerette on-line sewing course. It was wonderful and worth every penny. Jenny is a knowledgeable sewist and a charming teacher. I'm wearing my new jeans today and I love them. My waist is 39" and my hips are 50".