New Selvedge Denim Jeans

100% cotton, 12.5oz, Blue Line, Cone Mills selvedge denim.

“Slim” fit, straight leg.

Single needle stitching.

Handmade by me from my own pattern.

folded selvedge denim jeans

top half, front selvedge denim jeans

top half, back, selvdege denim jeans

Hand felled yokes, center back, and inseams.

cuffs, inseams, hand felled

selvedge coin pocket

Selvedge coin pocket.

inside pocket, fly, selvedge denim jeans

Yeah, the pocket bags and fly are lined with a pink-ish plaid. I like it, and think men should be able to enjoy a little pink.

selvedge fly

I used the selvedge for both the left and right sides of the fly. The look is clean, and the bulk is reduced to a minimum.

me, modeling fit picture

The shirt should look familiar. It still needs to be ironed, and tucked properly.

me, modeling fit picture

me, modeling fit picture

The denim is still really stiff, which I think causes them to hang a bit odd right now.

24 Responses to “New Selvedge Denim Jeans”

  1. John jacobi — January 9, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

    Awsome job! I’m really impressed. I kept looking at your site to see your final jeans. Well worth the wait. I really like the two-colour thread combination for the topstitching. And why not pink. It must feel great to wear a whole outfit that you made yourself.

  2. Taylor — January 10, 2011 @ 8:39 am


    Thanks! It took me a while to finish them, but I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out. The fit and overall construction are certainly an improvement from my first pair. Thanks for checking out the blog!

  3. Graeme W. Anderson — January 10, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    Man, I’ve always wanted to do that. In fact that is my plan in life. Good work man, and keep it up!

  4. Dave — January 10, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    Great looking jeans. Found your site via Put This On. Just one quick question: would you be willing to divulge what you spent on materials?

    Thanks and great work.

  5. margaret — January 10, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    Hi Taylor, those jeans look great! I have a question about using the selvedge denim. Did your pattern have entirely straight outer seams then, to keep the selvedge on the seam? If so, how did you account for the curves that are typically seen around the waist/hips?

  6. Andi — January 10, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    Those look amazing, good work! I found your site via PutThisOn and, having made a pair of jeans myself (not that crafty tough) I really appreciate the work you put into this!

  7. Steven — January 10, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    I just found your blog today. Really great jeans. I started altering clothes about a year ago and also wanted to make a tailored jacket. Not so easy as you said but one day….. . I’m going to make an apron this week though. And I did buy some material to make a shirt.

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  9. Taylor — January 10, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

    Hey Everyone,

    Thanks for all of your kind words and compliments!


  10. The Lyle — January 11, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    I’m so glad I checked these out. Wonderful project and wonderful result. Bravo!

  11. Gabe — January 12, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    One word, “sick.” Those jeans will age to a beautiful pair in a couple of years. Nice work, hope to do this myself.

  12. Liam — January 17, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    They look great.

  13. Lionel — January 19, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    really great job. I cant wait to see what you work on next.

  14. Francesco — January 21, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

    Amazing work! I’m glad you decided for the coin pocket selvedge! The denim might hang a bit strangely but with daily use and body heat they will fit you properly and adapt to your legs and waist.
    It would be so nice if you would take a photo every now and then to show the aging of the denim, too.

    Greetings from Italy,


  15. J from Thailand — February 7, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

    You inspire me !!!! … I’ve been reading your blog since last year, you’ve done such a great job 😀

  16. Erika — February 24, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    I LOVE to find blogs like yours: someone that known nothing about a stitch and ends up making great clothes like this. I’ll add you to my reader and check all your old posts 🙂

  17. Sofie — February 24, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

    Wow! I’ve just found you from Peter’s blog … I love seeing men who sew (of course great tailors are men but people seem to forget this) and who sew so well. Your jeans are fantastic. You are an inspiration … I’ve been sewing on and off for 25 years and haven’t made jeans!!!
    Fabulous blog!

  18. Philip — February 25, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    Hey there.
    Great job on the jeans. I design jeans professionally and I read on your post that the fabric is a bit stiff. If you want to soften them up try running them in the dryer inside out with a pair of clean tennis shoes (10 minutes should be fine). That will soften them up with out messing up your fit. I don’t know if you preshrunk your fabric but I’ll tell you denim has a lot of shrinkage when washed so I wouldn’t recommend washing them. Plus if you don’t wash them they will get beautiful wear patterns. Great job!

  19. Sølvi — April 24, 2011 @ 1:33 am

    I just got your blog recommended from a blog- friend of mine, and I must say, your jeans are amazing! Love your work!

  20. Taylor — April 24, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    Hi Sølvi, Thanks! I enjoyed reading through your blog this morning. Your work is amazing!


  21. urbandon — April 25, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

    Love the two tone topstiching and the Tailors use of selvage for the fly. Very neat job.

  22. JonJon — December 3, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

    OMG thank you so much for your website, I stumbled across it doing research on selvage denim jeans. I am a tailoring student at UT Austin and I absolutely love menswear design, I am hoping to be a product developer at Levis this summer. Anywhoo I got this amazing 30″ italian selvage denim and I am aching to design a pair of redline selvage jeans for a friend based off of my favorite pair of selvage Dsquared jeans, i have them physically as an example but I was hoping you could give me your notes or share information about your pattern pieces and marker layout you used and how they are different from normal jeans, I know the entire outseam has to be straight and on the jeans I have there is a small dart at low hip to kick the grain inward forming a curve but maintaining the selvage. How did you do it???

  23. Ben Heitman — November 6, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    I like the different color stitching used throughout….nice way to liven up and throw a little color out there. Also like the pink pocket details, it’s the little things that add up to a very solid pair of jeans.

  24. Taylor — November 6, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

    Thanks Ben!


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