Morgan Boyfriend Jeans, Closet Case Files
Morgan Boyfriend Jeans, Closet Case Files



Morgan Boyfriend Jeans, Closet Case Files


Morgan Boyfriend Jeans, Closet Case Files


Morgan Boyfriend Jeans, Closet Case Files
Morgan Boyfriend Jeans, Closet Case Files

Hi you. This is…quite possibly…the one and only time I can lay claim to being at the front of the pattern pack. How did this happen? Well…I had the opportunity to sew Heather’s {Closet Case Files} Morgan Boyfriend Jeans before the actual release date. When she asked if I might want to pattern test, I debated for all of a nano second. It’s no secret; I love her Ginger Jeans…I’ve made several pairs, having gone as far as tweaking the pattern for both distressed denim and yoga pants. Yep…I was all in for sewing a jeans pattern specifically engineered for non stretch denim.

With pattern testing, comes responsibility! I had paper and pen at hand for notes of any fit, construction and/or instruction issues. Early in, I realized that although I loosely follow pattern directions, I am more inclined to look at the images that accompany the written words, rather than the text itself. As with previous Closet Case Files makes, the line drawings on the Morgan Boyfriend Jeans are clear and easy to understand. That being said, I did read carefully through all instructions. I altered the fit as per my usual adjustments…..must shorten everything. I’d describe my height distribution has being fairly proportionate… so I routinely shorten pants both in the rise and the leg length. With the Morgan Jeans, I shortened the rise 1/2″ and the legs 2″. Again, carefully following the size guide, I cut a size 8 waist, tapering down to a size 6 beginning at the hips.

The fabric…denim…and the real deal, 100% cotton with a white weft. It feels like the perfect choice for a boyfriend jean. It’s the heaviest weight denim I’ve sewn to date and I was a little worried about how my old Bernina would cope. She tends to balk at top-stitching thread. She does, however, handle regular polyester thread {I used colour #21}, doubled up with two spools, just fine. I didn’t dare try to add a single belt loop at the center back…waaaay too many layers of fabric there…and I top-stitched my belt loops on the bottom ends only. One of my favourite design features, although not actually photographed, is the button fly. The pattern also calls for those cool jean buttons…you know, the metal ones that get hammered on…I bought them, but at the last minute decided to go with regular 1/2″ buttons. All righty…I think I’ve covered everything. A big thank you for indulging me in my moment of coolness. If you have any questions, please ask in the comments or by email.

These pics were snapped about a month ago when our Pacific coast weather was swinging wildly…rain, wind, as well as some pretty decent sunny days. It was one of those windy days that we ventured onto the Stanley Park Seawall, LOL. The Lion’s Gate Bridge and West Vancouver are my costars in this early evening light.

And that’s all she wrote. As always, I love that you’ve stopped by and said hello.

Jeans : : Morgan Boyfriend Jeans


  • Reply Gillian April 25, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    As soon as this post popped up in my feed, I thought “YES! That is the perfect match of pattern and blogger!” No surprise, they look great and totally suit your style!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 25, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Gillian! Thank YOU! You've totally made my day! xo

  • Reply Lori April 25, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Those look fabulous

  • Reply Sheila April 25, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    Those are some sweet, sweet jeans, Sue! And you did a button fly? Colour me impressed.

  • Reply Mz Neti April 25, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    You sure did a fantaboulos job. Enjoy your Life!

  • Reply sewmanju April 25, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    They look great on you. Tres chic.

  • Reply Melanie April 26, 2016 at 12:45 am

    I can't believe you made those JEANS. Jeans!! Oh sweet Santa God. Button fly. You might as well ask me to stitch a replica of the Sistine Chapel! Well done. And well done again. That lighting is amazing!

  • Reply Carolyn April 26, 2016 at 3:12 am

    Utterly fabulous!! I love the light wash on you 🙂

  • Reply Mary April 26, 2016 at 6:07 am

    These are wonderful-I love the light wash and how you have styled them. Well done!!

  • Reply Suzanne Carillo April 26, 2016 at 6:09 am


  • Reply Suzanne Carillo April 26, 2016 at 6:11 am

    I must admit I am floored that you can sew jeans. To me that is like asking me to perform brain surgery with a butter knife and a flashlight.

    The fit is wonderful! Go Sue!


  • Reply Hana Velvet Ribbon April 26, 2016 at 8:32 am

    You did a great work, Sue! Perfect fit and you look so beautiful in the whole outfit xx

  • Reply Heather Gibson April 26, 2016 at 10:01 am

    These look fantastic Sue! I love the colour of your denim! You've also styled them perfectly!

  • Reply Michelle Konieczki April 26, 2016 at 10:33 am

    I jumped on this pattern immediately after seeing it! I'm so excited to sew bf jeans! I have a small mountain of rigid denim at home that needs to be sewn into numerous pairs of distressed Morgan jeans. 😀

    Your version looks fabulous, Sue! I think you got a really perfect fit right out of the gate.

  • Reply Remembering..OZ April 26, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I was just looking at this pattern yesterday, what caught my eye was Boyfriend, and I have been dying for a good pattern and thought this would work. However, I quickly decided against because like you I'm short (5') , and this pattern looked like it was better fit for someone tall. But after reading your review, and seeing you fantastic Morgan jeans…I'm in! Also love your pink puffer vest…did you make that too? If so what pattern…if you don't mind me asking.

  • Reply April 26, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Go you,ahead of the trend! These look so good, great fit and colour!

  • Reply Coco April 26, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Great fit! and cute too.

  • Reply Shirl April 26, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    The Mister took some great pics of you. Jeans are good and I love dat polka dot hot pink puffy vest!


  • Reply Val S April 26, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    I'm always in awe of your talent – and patience! Sewing your own jeans, not to mention coats and all the other things you make! You are as awesome as that amazing view!

  • Reply No Fear of Fashion April 27, 2016 at 4:34 am

    What can I say? They are perfect. And they suit you perfectly. I love it that the turned up hem looks so good. With the ones from the shop they are always skew. Usually because the legs are as bent as if they are meant for somebody with bowlegs. And I hate that. I agree with Suzanne and Melanie (and the others) you are a marvel at sewing. You look ever so good in them. (Clever to wear nude pumps with them.)

  • Reply Patti April 27, 2016 at 5:47 am

    Jeans turned out beautifully – these are my favorite cut – and you wear them so well! xox


  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 27, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Thanks Carolyn. I'm loving your Morgans as much or more! And lucky you…heading into the cool weather season. Although, come to think of it, I do wear jeans pretty much year-round.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 27, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Thanks so much Lori!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 27, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Thanks Sheila. LOL…the button fly is indeed pretty awesome! I think I like it more than a zipper.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 27, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Aw..thank you Mz Neti! I wish you a joyful life too!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 27, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Thanks Manju…or should I perhaps say Merci beaucoup!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 27, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Thank you. Thank you. 😉

    The lighting was, as usual, a fluke. Basically, we nearly ran out of any light at all due to my indecision about which part of the seawall to cavort about on, LOL.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 27, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Thanks Mary! I forgot to mention in my post that I found this denim at my local Value Village. I had JUST enough fabric for these jeans…so I felt lucky times two!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 27, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Hahaha…truthfully, Closet Case File patterns take you through step by step on how to achieve a RTW finished pair of jeans. I think the major hurdle is doing a good job sewing through thick fabric. I'm happy I found a way to compromise with my machine.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 27, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Thanks so much Hana! There were a few redrafts during the testing phase. I was lucky…even my first pair look fine and are very wearable.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 27, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Thanks Heather! I was so stoked when I found this colour. Fabric stores tend to have the dark wash denims and not a lot else…at least locally. NOW…when do we get to see yours?

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 27, 2016 at 10:19 am

    YES! I've been enjoying your jeans journey Michelle! There's no question you're going to make an awesome pair(s) of Morgan jeans. And funny you mention distressed. My jeans would be perfect for distressing…they have the white cross threads…but I couldn't do it. This time.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 27, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Oooh….so happy you're going to give them a go! I don't have much height on you (nor does Michelle above). I think the more fitted silhouette works well for us. Now, granted I am wearing heels in my photographs, but 90% of the time I've been wearing these with flats and/or low heeled booties.

    And oh my goodness…my pink puffer vest…I found it in the girls section at Value Village and could. not. resist.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 27, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Whoop, whoop! Thanks Barbara!!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 27, 2016 at 10:26 am

    The fit really is great. And so, SO nice to get that fit based on the pattern size guide! Thanks Coco!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 27, 2016 at 10:27 am

    He did indeed! Thanks Shirl. I kinda cried when I put my pink puffy vest away for the season.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 27, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Thank you Val! You know…I have NO CLUE where this patience came from, because I sure didn't have it thirty years ago. But never mind…it's here and I enjoy the top stitching and all the detail work!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 27, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Thanks Greetje! And you know what? They feel perfect on me!

    One of the tricky bits about jeans is laying out the pattern on the fabric so the pieces are absolutely on grain. That means laying out each pattern piece individually, not the typical two layers of fabric. If they aren't cut out with the grainline lined up perfectly, there is a risk of skewed legs and side seams.

    And I admit, more often than not, I wear casual shoes with these jeans…but oh, I love them with my nude pumps!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 27, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Thanks Patti! You wear the boyfriend jean like a boss! I always love seeing how you've styled them! xoxo

  • Reply Flo April 27, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Those turned out fantastic! Back in high school a classmate of mine made jeans in home-ec (we were the two “advanced” sewers in the class) and I was in awe. I'm in awe all over again! Glad to hear your machine made it through the denim okay, I'm not sure mine would be up to the task.

  • Reply Melanie April 27, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    I want to see Suzanne work on a brain with a flashlight and a butter knife. Hahaha!! Step by step, yeah, that's like learning how to do the tango from those how-to-dance books with the feet drawings. IMPOSSIBLE!

  • Reply Louise Perry April 28, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Well done sewing machine, hope you got a good oiling after all that hard work! Well done Sue, is there anything you can't see? So impressed these look fab. I really like your belt too, did you make that as well? Louise x

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 28, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Thank you Flo!! Your comment has got me thinking about the garments I had to sew in high school. I also remember sewing a pair of overalls in junior high. I didn't use denim, it was a lighter weight cotton fabric. They were HUGE, LOL!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 28, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks Louise! LOL, I am so lax when it comes to oiling my machine. Thanks for the reminder!! 🙂

    I didn't make my belt, bought it at a thrift store. I love it too…it's like a boho cotton weaving on top of leather.

  • Reply Cheryl April 29, 2016 at 10:18 am

    I'm still in awe that you can make cute jeans. These ones are perfect!

  • Reply jen storer April 30, 2016 at 2:24 am

    They're awesome, Sue! I can't believe what you do, you're so clever!! Love the shots too. I can feel that cold wind, brave girl. Lol! sending hugs across the ocean. xo

  • Reply Stefanie T. May 1, 2016 at 6:10 am

    Hello Sue,
    I want to thank you so much for your support. You mentioned my blog at Rhonda Buss and she featured Sea of Teal last Wednesday on her blog. This was such an honor for me and it just happened because of you! Thank you so much!
    Your Morgan jeans turned out really great. I was also eyeing with this pattern and want to sew it now, that I saw it here!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 1, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Thanks Cheryl. I totally get what you're saying. I felt the same way before learning how to sew them. There are just certain garments that seem to be 'un-home-sewable'. And then you learn the techniques, not all of which can be replicated on a home sewing machine, and away you go.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 1, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Thanks Jen! I hope you got to see my Art Girl Jacket when popped over from down under for a visit!!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 1, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Thank you so much Stef! I was thrilled to see you featured. You really are a brilliant sewer and many people will be inspired by your makes as well as your styling and photography! I was surprised to learn that you have only been sewing for six years. So, SO TALENTED, you are!

  • Reply Sassy May 1, 2016 at 10:53 am

    They look fab!

  • Reply pao May 1, 2016 at 11:45 am

    You made jeans? Unbelievable. You can make anything. Now tell me, what's the difference between boyfriend jeans and mom jeans. Really, I thought they were the same, although one obviously sounds cooler than the other.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 2, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks Sassy!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 2, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    You are the creative genius making beautiful dresses out of tablecloths. Yah…Mom's jeans or boyfriend's jeans…what's the diff? I think Mom jeans are designed to fit at the narrrowest part of the waist and fit snugly around the bum and the thighs. Boyfriend jeans sit lower and looser.

  • Reply dan May 3, 2016 at 7:55 am

    I think that jeans are among the most difficult things to sew! And jet you prove your very high competence!! I think that doesn't exist a single item that you are not able to sew !! Useless to say that the jeans suit you perdectly…
    A pair of nude colour pumps are fantastic with everything…

  • Reply Margo B May 6, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    These look so good on you Sue! Great job! I haven't made jeans yet…can you believe that!? I have Gingers cut out and ready to go but I find them so intimidating!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 7, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Hey Dan! You're right…jeans can be a bit of a learning curve. Lucky for us sewers that Closet Case Files is giving us some really, really helpful instructions. Top stitching can also be tricky to get just right and until that skill is perfected, using a thread that that's a close colour match is the way to go!


  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas May 7, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Thanks Margo! And….yep…I am a little surprised that you haven't made jeans yet! You will have NO PROBLEM…{sorry for the shouting, LOL}. I can't wait to see your Gingers made and no doubt styled to perfection!

  • Reply Marianne May 10, 2016 at 3:59 am

    Stunning jeans!

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