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).
USE THE DROPDOWN MENU ABOVE TO ORDER EITHER A PRINTED PATTERN, WHICH WILL BE MAILED TO YOUR ADDRESS, OR A PDF PATTERN, WHICH CAN BE DOWNLOADED.
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 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".
I just finished my first pair of the Ames jeans...I was hoping for a wearable muslin since I had to make a couple of changes on paper before even sewing. I will fine tune the fit for the next pair, but these are definitely wearable! The pattern went together very easily and I've never done a zipper installation like this before...but it was so EASY that I'll use this method for my next pair of pants (even if it's not jeans)!
As I had already purchased the paper pattern I did not use the PDF but like to have it on file. I had no idea where to start so bought your tutorial (with pattern). It was excellent. I followed each section and finally had a pair of jeans that I had made myself and could wear! I have some more cut out and ready to sew. Well worth the money. The measurements were accurate. Fingers crossed for my next attempt!
I am in love with the Ames jeans pattern! I now have a pair of jeans that look like they were custom fit for my body (oh wait, they were).
I cannot buy RTW jeans that fit. Background: I'm curvy (here I'll concentrate on below the waist), but my body is not the typical curvy body that "curvy" patterns or RTW pants are designed for. I'm curvy from lifting weights. I have a high, round, muscled derriere, and little in the way of a curve in my hips (if you look at me straight-on from the front, my hips are kinda boyish). My waist is only 5" smaller than my hips at their widest (which is my high hip). I've gotten a good fit in slacks with the Eureka Pants That Fit pants pattern that come with three different back options (I use the one with the deepest back crotch curve). When I first saw the Ames pattern, I thought the apple pelvis option might work for me, but I wasn't sure there'd be enough room in the back crotch. I also knew I'd have to narrow the hips. But I was so excited by the possibility I just took the plunge. I chose the size based on my waist measurement and just cut out and sewed up the pelvis part. Yes, I had to take in the hips from my high hip to just below the top of my thigh, but that was easy. The fit was otherwise excellent, and it fit my derriere quite well. I cut out the full pattern (as narrowed through the hips) and sewed away. 6-7 hours later I had a lovely new pair of jeans. When I initially tried them on I thought the fit was excellent. After wearing them for a full day (giving the stretch denim time to stretch out a bit) I decided they were a bit too baggy. So I removed the waistband, ran the side seams in another 1/4+ inch, and cut and sewed a new, smaller waistband. Perfection! No pulling down at the back waistband when I sit!
I sewed the straight-leg option, which fits my muscled quads well.
I hope this helps persuade any other women with a similar body type to mine to give these a go! I will be making up another couple of pa...
I’ve made many pairs of jeans in recent years but what I have found with the Ames jeans is the convenience of being able to use a pattern attainable to my body shape. This is a unique feature of this pattern. I found that besides adding length as I am definitely not 5’6”, I could actually cut the pattern straight from the packet without the need to alter. I’m actually wearing my first pair of A,es jeans now and I have made two. I also find that the better quality denim you use, gives and even better fit. These are very comfortable jeans for sure. I definitely recommend the pattern to anyone who wants to sew their own and has issues getting jeans to fit. They’re awesome! I love them!