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

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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!

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Comments


  • 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

    Wow!

  • 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!
    Carmen