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)
The pattern is well drafted, the instructions are clear and I can't believe that I just made a pair of jeans that fit with minimal alterations.
I used this pattern along with Jenny’s “Jeans Making for Curves” online class and I couldn’t be happier with the finished product! Thank you for a truly fantastic pattern that fits beautifully!!!
I was thrilled with this pattern. The pear/apple options are unique and really help with getting a good fit. The instructions are incredibly clear and detailed and, although there are a lot of steps, I think even an adventurous beginner should ‘have a go’! I have made one pair and just bought fabric for three more...what more can I say?
Went by measurements and compared with a well fitting pair that I own but they were still too snug. (I used a 2% stretch twill) Disappointing, so will size up and try again. Love the zipper application video. It is the easiest and most professional application I've ever used - and I've tried many. That zipper technique is now my Holy Grail for zippers. Thank You!
The Ames Jeans pattern has really clear instructions. The zip fly and pockets are done easily and step by step - I have finally made a pair of jeans to fit my pear shape, first go, no alterations!