MPB Jeans Sew Along and Supplies

Peter, who runs one of my favorite blogs,  Male Pattern Boldness, is organizing a jeans sew along! Starting on Monday, May 2nd, you can follow along step-by-step and learn how to make yourself a pair of jeans. I participated in his Mens Shirt Sew Along earlier this year and had a blast. There was a mix of beginners and experienced sewers, which I’m sure will be the case with the Jeans Sew Along. For the Shirt Sew Along he set up a Flickr group so people could post pictures of their project, ask questions to the group, and share information.

Peter is very entertaining and fun to read. He makes men’s as well as women’s clothing. Plus, you can find a large sewing community at his blog with people who are making really interesting projects. It is  a great place to learn new things and connect with like minded sewers. I have learned a lot from him, and highly recommend his blog to anyone interested in sewing.

So if you have ever wanted to make yourself a pair of jeans, the time is now! Get over to Peter’s blog and check it out. It is completely free other than your materials, which brings me to some big news.

I’ve decided to open a little Supply Shop specifically for those who want to make their own jeans and denim related projects. This has been in the works for a while now and I’m excited to officially make the announcement. My goal is to make this a one stop shop, with all of the supplies to make a quality pair of jeans in one place.

There are a few items in the shop now, and I will be adding more denim options, rivets, buttons, and thread in the coming weeks. Eventually the shop will move to its own website, but for now everything is available on the Supply Shop page above.

I am only stocking products that I actually use myself. The denim is raw, unwashed, Cone Mills selvedge, which is some of the best denim in the world in my opinion. I also have rivets and jeans buttons available that are easily attached with a hammer, no special tools required. The thread is available for pre-order and should be ready to ship by the end of next week.

Please let me know if you have any questions about any of these products or suggestions for the shop. I hope to run into you during the Jeans Sew Along!

11 Responses to “MPB Jeans Sew Along and Supplies”

  1. Claire (aka Seemane) — April 28, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    Fab post! Thank you Taylor (& Peter too) 🙂
    Have just ordered some supplies for my hubbies jeans too LOL!

  2. Taylor — April 28, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    Thanks for the order!

  3. Andrea Cornell — April 28, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    Hi Taylor!
    Congratulations on the shop! I have yet asked there at Peter’s blog, about shipping costs to Europe. I do not know much about Paypal prices and I am a bit scare about shipping costs from the U.S… once I wanted to buy some sewing machine parts over there, but I gave up because of the high shipping cost.

    Viel Erfolg!

  4. molly — April 28, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    congratulations on the new shop, it’s great to know there is a place to fine anything jeans related. It would be interesting to learn how to add jean-style details to a plain pants pattern.

  5. Taylor — April 28, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

    Hi Andrea,

    Thanks! I will ship these supplies anywhere in the world. The Paypal shipping calculator is a little tricky to get just right for every possible order weight and size, especially for international orders. You can add the items to your cart, and get an estimate on shipping before entering any payment information.

    Just know that for both domestic and international orders, if you are undercharged, that is my fault and on me. If you happen to be overcharged though, I will promptly issue a refund.

  6. Caroline Greeven — April 28, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

    Sweet! I’ve been googling the denim you use to try and find a supplier. It will be a while before I’m ready to try making jeans, but excited to know I can order yardage from you!
    I love your blog – it’s very inspiring to see the quality of your work.

  7. Petra — April 28, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

    The denim looks fantastic! One question, since its narrower than the denim normally available on line, should I just by 4 yards regardless of size or is there a way to more precisely estimate how much I would need depending on the size of jeans I’m making.

  8. Taylor — April 28, 2011 @ 2:56 pm


    The 4 yard estimate is based on what I have needed for a pair of men’s jeans with roughly a 34″ inseam, and 31″ waist. There is always a little left over from a 4 yard piece, but I like to have a little extra in case I make a mistake with one of the smaller pattern pieces.

    I suppose the best way to know for sure how much you need would be to layout your pattern in an area that is only 30.5 inches wide, and see how many yards it takes to accommodate the whole pattern.

    I hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.


  9. Andrea Cornell — April 29, 2011 @ 4:37 am

    Hi Taylor!

    Thank you for the answer! I am looking forward for the developement of your shop!


  10. Reyna Lay — November 29, 2012 @ 12:38 am

    Hi, I am so glad you have a shop with raw selvedge denim, I am going to make my son, my husband, and my brother a pair of jeans and I have a question before I order. Can you do a tutorial or explain how to line up your pants so that you get that selvedge on the pants. I was wondering this because when I see that pants rolled up they have the selvedge on both seam allowances. How would you lay your patterns down to achieve that for the seam allowances. Do both sides of the ankles (inner & outer) have the selvedge or just the outer side of the pant legs? I hope I explained myself well. I’d really appreciate your input on this.
    Reyna Lay

  11. Taylor — November 29, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    Hi Reyna,

    I just sent you an e-mail to answer your questions.


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