Pattern Review

Made: Closet Case Morgan Jeans

These jeans originally appeared on the Cali Fabrics blog, along with details on how I faded and distressed them.  You can see all those details here.

Creative Counselor: Morgan Jeans

Creative Counselor: Morgan Jeans

Creative Counselor: Morgan Jeans

Creative Counselor: Morgan Jeans

Pattern: Morgan Jeans by Closet Case Patterns.

Price: $18.00 USD (printed pattern) or $14.00 USD (PDF)

Size: 8

Difficulty: Intermediate.

Techniques Required: Fitting pants, installing a button fly, installing a waistband, sewing button holes, installing buttons, installing rivets (optional), precise topstitching.


  • Two length options
  • Button fly

Supplies Needed:

  • Non-stretch denim
  • Thread
  • Topstitching thread
  • Jeans buttons (4)
  • Jeans rivets (optional)

Similar Patterns: There are a number of indie jeans patterns available, but they all use stretch denim.  The options for boyfriend jeans is much more limited.  Named has the Wyome jeans, and the Alina Designs Chi-Town Chinos could be modified into jeans.

Fabric: 12 oz. designer denim from Cali Fabrics.

Fit: Amazingly good. I made some small fit adjustments (after I muslined these as shorts last summer), but otherwise made no adjustments.

Modifications: Just fit adjustments.  I lowered the front and back rise by 1″.  I am short between my waist and hip, so this is a common adjustment for me.  I also took a 3/8″ (as opposed to 5/8″) seam allowance on the inseam in the crotch area to give a little more room for my booty.

Pattern format: This is available in PDF and print.  I have the print.  It’s a nicely done printed pattern.  The pattern piece is tissue, which I don’t love, particularly with large pieces and lots of smaller pieces as in a jeans pattern.  The instructions are in a a nice booklet with illustrations, which I do love.


  • Great option for non-stretch materials.
  • Nice leg shape, which is a HUGE part of any jeans pattern.
  • The button fly is a fun alternative.  If you wanted a zip fly, you could easily swap out the pieces with another pattern.
  • Great instructions and construction methods.
  • Good drafting and presentation


  • The tissue pattern sheets are a bit of a PITA.
  • The button fly may not be to everyone’s liking, though you can easily swap that out.

Overall Grade: B+.  The drafting and instructions on these are great which is always my #1 consideration. The tissue pattern piece is a bit of a pain, though.

Creative Counselor: Morgan Jeans

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