Winter White and Indigo Blue: a Men’s Jeans Journey


Readers, you CAN wear white in winter — and if you’re willing to risk the odd splash, you can even wear it in the slushy snow!

This month I decided to make myself jeans.  I’d purchased some pants-weight cotton twill in white at Mood Fabrics’ New York store this winter, along with a sturdy indigo cotton denim.  (You can find similar white twill at Mood Fabrics here and a broad selection of cotton denim is available here.)

I used Kwik Sew 3504, an in-print men’s jeans pattern which I’d tried a few times before with good results.

While I topstitched my white jeans with white thread, I chose a combination of gold and blue for my blue jeans to liven things up.  I like the result a lot.



Making these jeans was very straightforward; I mostly just followed the Kwik Sew instructions.  But on my blue jeans I attached jeans rivets (not included in the pattern).  The ones I used have an antique nickel finish.  I think they add a professional touch, though a simple bartack will do just as well.  The rivets weren’t difficult to install: a hammer, a nail, and some some self-fabric spacers are all you need.  I think I’ll be adding them to my jeans from now on.




If you sew, you may already know that when people discover you make your own blue jeans, their mouths often drop in amazement.  It’s very flattering!

I styled my jeans similarly: light on top, dark on bottom/dark on top, light on bottom.   Do dark pants make a person look taller?  I can never figure that one out…






Once I get into a pants-making period, I find it hard to stop.  Making pants is very satisfying and, since I basically live in jeans, practical too.

Thanks for reading and see you next month!




  • SunGold
    February 23, 2015

    No plumber’s butt – the unsung reason for making your own jeans!

    • Kimberly
      February 23, 2015

      You Ain’t Neva Lied!!!! Thanks for the true fit angle.

  • Diana
    February 23, 2015

    Both of those pairs of Jeans look fantastic on you, this is making me want to make a pair

  • Ginger
    February 23, 2015

    These both look great! The topstitching threads you used on the blue pair are super cool. But I must confess I’m biting my nails thinking about you wearing your lovely white jeans in this weather- don’t get splashed by a rogue cab!! 🙂

  • Erica B.
    February 23, 2015

    Peter, you look beyond awesome standing in the snow in your white jeans! You did a great job on those. The fit is perfect!

  • s
    February 23, 2015

    Nice ass!

    The jeans look fantastic. Maybe extend the length slightly, especially the blue ones, which appear to cut off at the ankle bone?

  • Adriene R
    February 23, 2015

    I am so impressed with how your jeans turned out! I would never know they weren’t bought at a store & I mean that as the biggest compliment! You inspire me!!

  • Anna
    February 23, 2015

    Whoa! Those jeans look amazing! They’re not an easy sewing project either. I am so impressed!

  • Lori
    February 23, 2015

    Fantastic new jeans, I like both pairs and how you styled them, too. The blue and yellow topstitching is a fun idea and I am will be borrowing that one! As always, Peter amazing job.

  • Joanne
    February 23, 2015

    Ooh, the winter white is stunning – well done you on organising some snow for your photo-shoot!

  • Lesley
    February 23, 2015

    Wow, I would have used up my full annual quota of concentration top stitching all those. Gorgeous, and the jeans aren’t bad either! I agree with another commenter that the hem needs to be longer. Perhaps you turned them up a bit to keep them out of that white stuff?

    • Peter
      February 23, 2015

      Politics, religion, and hemlines should never be discussed publicly. LOL

  • Laurie
    February 23, 2015

    Excellent work! Did you have any problems with the twill twisting?

  • DebB
    February 23, 2015

    Those jeans are inspiring! You look to be about the same size and build as my guy. If he finds out I could custom-make his jeans I know what I will be sewing forever! I always have to hem his jeans anyway which is a job I really dislike. Might as well make him some from scratch that really fit!

  • Diana
    February 23, 2015

    White jeans in winter look amazingly good. You look like you were stopped by the Sartorialist in that top pic. 🙂 Nice job on both pair. Your topstitching is fantastic.

  • Mainelydad
    February 24, 2015

    Wow! Those white jeans are beyond chic. They look amazing on you.

  • Pamela O'Connor
    February 24, 2015


  • Sarah Gunn
    February 24, 2015

    Great looking jeans, Peter!

  • Stylememary
    February 25, 2015

    Great job! I think when your pants and shoes are the same color, there is an illusion of a longer leg. Maybe that’s why some people appear taller? But who cares? Both jeans look fantastic and so do you.

  • Kristal
    March 1, 2015

    Yay! back of the jeans pictures! Your top stitching on the pockets make me happy.

  • Fiona
    March 3, 2015

    These are such a great cut of jean Peter, you’ve done a wonderful job as always. I love the combo of blue and gold topstitching in particular!

  • roetsch
    March 9, 2015

    Hi Peter,
    great job. I always sew my jeans, too. Five years ago I spend some time in Princeton and thanks to Lindsay T and her blog “Shop the garment district “I found out about Moods and you. Since that time I visit your blog from time to time, it is always a pleasure to see what you are sewing. One year ago my brother gave me an old Pfaff 31. Unfortunately I can’t find any needles for it in Germany. I ordered some online, but the quality is not very good and there a many missing stitches. Next month I will go back to Princeton. I would be very happy, if you could tell me, where in NY I will find needles for it.
    Happy sewing!