Women’s Selvedge Denim

Cone Mills, Blue Line Selvedge Denim
100% Cotton, 11.5 oz

women's selvedge denim, front

women's selvedge denim, cuffs

Just in case you were wondering, the easiest way to get into a girl’s pantsโ€ฆis to make her a pair.

For the past few months I’ve been working on a pattern for a pair of selvedge denim jeans for my wife Lindsay. After she saw how awesome my jeans turned out, she has been coveting a pair for herself. Three test fit garments later and countless adjustments to the pattern, she finally has a pair of jeans.

women's selvedge denim

She wanted a slightly looser fit, which we are calling the “the husband” cut. This was actually helpful when trying to preserve the selvedge on the side seam. Women have curves, which is a good thing of course, but they also present a challenge for novice pattern makers like me. The jeans basically have a straight leg with a very slight taper on the inseam. They feature two topstitching thread colors, a zipper fly, and hand-felled yoke, center back, and inseams.

women's selvedge denim, back pockets

They are the definition of awesome.

cupcake pocket lining
Yep, those are cupcakes on her pocket lining, which is completely appropriate if you know Lindsay. She is a cupcake queen, and our fridge is always packed full of amazing desserts that she makes from scratch. I am a lucky guy in more ways than one. You can read all about her/our culinary adventures on her food blog Love & Olive Oil.

As she wears the jeans and the denim breaks in, I’m sure I will be making adjustments to improve the pattern for the next pair.

23 Responses to “Women’s Selvedge Denim”

  1. Chris — June 11, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

    Speaking of which – have your jeans broken in yet? How are they wearing?

  2. Taylor — June 12, 2011 @ 12:30 am

    They are breaking in nicely so far. The denim is softening and lightly wearing in a few places.

  3. Chris — June 12, 2011 @ 4:21 am

    That’s good. I admire your skill and dedication to crafting jeans for you and your wife!! Knowing that you can do it gives me confidence that I can too!

  4. Erika — June 12, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    Well, I guess you are both lucky! Your wife makes cupcakes for you and you sew cupcakes for her ๐Ÿ™‚ Here at my place my husband cooks for me, and I have to improve my skills and begin to sew for him LOL

  5. K-Line — June 12, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    Best husband ever!!

  6. lauren — June 13, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    these are fantastic! such a great fit & they look so cleeean. i really want to try my hand at a pair of jeans at some point this year, but i feel like my outcome is going to be embarrassing in comparison ๐Ÿ˜›

    i love love love the cupcake pockets. little touches like that make me so happy ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Lisa — June 13, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    Great jeans, great fit. She’s very lucky!

  8. Taylor — June 13, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    Thanks! After seeing all of the amazing dresses you make, I’m sure you can make a fantastic pair of jeans.

  9. Kevin — June 13, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    Great job! I really like the pocket lining fabric. I have to break out and do something other that ivory colored cotton twill on my next pair. Still trying to tweak my pattern.

  10. Kelly — June 13, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

    Love these! I’m so jealous of Lindsay! Great job Taylor!

  11. Andrea Cornell — June 15, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

    Beautiful jeans! I had a look at Lidsay blog(I am also a cake baker) and I love it! Both of you are really talented! Congratulations!

  12. Steph — June 17, 2011 @ 12:20 am

    Beautiful work, well done!

  13. clinton — June 17, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    Beautiful work! Did you split the waistband once, in the back, or did you split it at the side seams as well?

  14. Taylor — June 17, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    Thank you! I split the waistband once at center back. I really had to trim and grade the seam allowances to reduce the bulk since the denim is so heavy.

  15. russell shurtz — June 23, 2011 @ 12:24 am

    Some good lookin’ stuff! I’ve made a few pairs of jeans for my special lady, but I’m still in the experimental mode, a lot of tweaking to try and get a good pattern. I like that yours aren’t too tight. I’ve been seeing some other ladies selvedge jeans online that, while they look good, probably wouldn’t be functional for day to day activities, like picking things up off the ground, climbing stairs, sitting down in a chair, etc. Keep up the good work! Oh, and if you’re interested you can check out my sewing attempts on my blog.

  16. lyssa — July 7, 2011 @ 5:18 pm

    Taylor, these are lovely.
    You guys are the cutest couple ever.
    Cupcake lining. I mean really. Adorable.
    Well done!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Taylor — July 7, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    Thanks Lyssa!

  18. Grace — October 3, 2011 @ 11:00 am

    These are lovely! Your wife is very lucky indeed.

    I would love it if you could expound on some of the construction/pattern details of this selvage denim woman jeans.
    For instance, how much fit ease did you incorporate to get this “husband” fit? Also, it looks like you utilized the selvage for the zipper fly gaurd. Is there any other places we can’t see where you used the selvage edge?

    I would love to try to make a pair of selvage jeans myself someday, so appreciate all of the details you post on your blog. It’s immensely helpful and encouraging.

  19. Taylor — October 6, 2011 @ 9:44 pm


    Thanks! As far as the pattern and ease goes, I just kept adjusting things until the the jeans were comfortable, so it is hard to say specifically how much ease there is.

    I did use the selvage on the fly guard, as well as the left side of the fly. It was challenging, but I also preserved the selvage on the side seams almost all the way to the waistband, but then slightly curved the side seam at the hip/waistband area. There is a bit of hidden selvage folded under on the little coin pocket.

    The waist band is four pieces (inside, outside), contoured, and split in the back to provide extra shape. The inseams, center back, and yokes are flat felled. Other than that, they are a basic five pocket jean.

    Good luck with your jeans! Feel free to let me know if you have any other construction questions.


  20. Miss Nicole — May 27, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

    These are great! I was looking online to show my moms examples of selvedge denim. On these I love the selvedge and cupcake details ๐Ÿ˜€
    I wish I knew how to make selvedge denim mini skirts.

  21. Reyna lay — August 23, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

    I am making jeans for my husband (first jeans I’ve ever made) and will be purchasing your selvedge denim. How do Iadjust the pattern to be able to use the selvedge on the side seams? Should I just make it straight from hip or crotch until the floor? Are there any other adjustments that need to be made? Also do u have a blog post already for these adjustments? If so I’d love to check it out! Thank you in advance! Could u email me at: reynalay@gmail.com in case I don’t get the reply notification on here? Thank u!

  22. Taylor — August 23, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

    Hi Reyna,

    I just sent you an e-mail ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Kimberly — November 17, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    I love the jeans ๐Ÿ˜‰ I want a pair!!!’ 4 pairs…… I’m 5’8 and my jeans are 27 or 28 4 longs sometimes 6 longs….
    I have not been able to find any jeans that fit just nice and straight anymore . Everything is always bell bottoms which I’m getting tired of:(

    Is therea web site to order your jeans?

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