Blog Biz, Sewing Tutorials


Today is a little thrilling for me because I am bringing you something really personal and thisclose to my heart, something that sums up and captures a rather singular obsession I’ve had over the last few years: how to sew the ultimate pair of jeans. I’m happy to announce the presale of our latest online course; the Sew Your Dream Jeans Workshop amasses nearly everything I’ve learned about making jeans since launching the Ginger Jeans pattern. Until the workshop launches on Monday, February 20th, you can enjoy advance pricing of 15% off while we put the finishing touches on the course and accompanying pattern.

So why is this workshop so special? In addition to the three and counting jeans patterns we’ve released, and the dozens and dozens of pairs I’ve made over the years, I’ve also been really lucky to travel around North America teaching jean-making in person. I am constantly learning and trying new things, seeing what works in class, figuring out how to explain things as simply and clearly as possible to my students. I remain convinced as ever that making the jeans of your dreams is attainable for anyone, regardless of sewing level. I have had students come into class having never sewn a garment before, and left with jeans that fit them better than anything they’d find at the mall. Time and time again, I have learned that when something is clearly demonstrated and explained with a positive, encouraging attitude, anyone can take on those challenging, scary projects with confidence and skill.

I wanted to make that experience possible for everyone, so I‘ve poured everything I know about the subject into this obsessively in-depth online workshop, and broken each step down into digestible, easy to follow lessons. And the beautiful part is that you don’t even need to get out of your pajamas to take it! While I’m continuing to take the Ginger workshop on the road (in fact, we have another one scheduled at one of my favourite sewing studios, Drygoods Design in Seattle on May 27 & 28), this is a great option for those of you who can’t make it to my in-person classes, or who simply prefer the self-paced nature of online courses.



Sew Your Dream Jeans is a thirteen lesson, +four hour long comprehensive online course that guides you through the process of sourcing, designing, stitching and finishing your own custom-fit jeans.

You will learn:

  • How to shop for and source beautiful denim and all the necessary jean-making supplies.
  • How to find the perfect size for your body, and grade in-between sizes.
  • Basic pants & jeans fitting, with examples shown on a live model and all major adjustments demonstrated on camera.
  • How to prep denim and cut it to prevent ‘leg twist’.
  • Sewing techniques for the most durable denim seams, using a regular sewing machine or serger.
  • Tips for painless and professional-looking topstitching.
  • Two different pocket styles, including the ultra-flattering, tummy-tucking pocket stay.
  • How to confidently sew a fly front zipper and button fly.
  • Ways to install jeans buttons and rivets at home, without requiring special equipment.
  • Sewing methods that include a comfortable, sturdy waistband without awkward gaping.
  • How to place back pockets that accentuate your best assets.



In addition to 13 jam packed video lessons, you’ll also get a free PDF copy of an exclusive jeans pattern created just for this workshop, and a number of downloadable and printable jean-making resources. We have made a new version of our best-selling Ginger Jeans available; universally flattering with two leg shapes, our Mid Rise Ginger Jeans are destined to be the every-day jeans you reach for time and time again. Of course, you can use any jeans pattern you want for this course (mens jeans too!); if you’d like a print or PDF copy of one of our other jeans patterns, we provide you with a 50% off discount upon enrollment. Please note that because the course and shop are on different platforms, we cannot make substitutions for other digital patterns.


This workshop officially starts Monday, February 20th, but by signing up now you can enjoy our limited time pricing of 15% off. You can find out more about the course here. I am so excited to bring this course to you, and can’t wait to help you make the jeans of your dreams!


Oh, and one last thing….


Con Mills denim kits // Closet Case Patterns

Seems like every day we get a request or two for our signature Cone Mills denim kits, and I’m happy to say they are coming your way when our course launches on February 20th! I have sourced the most deeeelightful denim on planet earth (including one specific colour that is REALLY hard to find in shops) and I can’t wait to get it in your hands. We will also be able to offer much more affordable international shipping this time around if this was an issue for you in our earlier sales.

P.S. I’ve had a few questions asking how the course is different from my ebook. Because of the format, I’m obviously able to go into a lot more depth with video lessons. You will see me sew a complete pair of jeans from start to finish, all on camera. I demonstrate fitting on a model, show you how to make most major adjustments to your pattern, and share all the tips and tricks I’ve learned since the ebook was released. This is the class I wish I had when I was teaching myself how to sew jeans. Having said that, the ebook is still a great resource for more confidant or advanced sewists. For a moment I wondered if we should keep selling it given how exhaustively thorough the workshop is, but I think it still has a role for people who don’t enjoy video classes.

P.P.S. As for how the online workshop differs from the ones I give in person? Well it’s obviously WAY more fun to hang out for a few days with likeminded people, sewing in a group, making friends and seeing demonstrations in person. My teaching style is different, more hands on and personal. I do extensive fittings in classes, tweaking your jeans on your actually booty, and then doing a fit assessment at the end for any further improvements to be made. I also troubleshoot problems you’re having in real time and help you figure out machine settings and tension issues. I just can’t do that over the internet. NOT YET ANYWAY!

Learn to Sew Your Dream Jeans with this comprehensive 13 lesson online course from Closet Case Patterns.
  • Sathyai

    I’M CONVINCED. My bum is going to look AMAZING.

  • Love The Lorax

    Already signed up last night, can’t wait! And… is there another pattern coming out soon?

  • Margaret

    Heather, checking about grading up for hip and thigh size. My hips are larger than your size 20 – will I be able to grade up to my size? I have followed along on many blogs that people have successfully enlarged for curvy hips. I have about 53/54 inch hips

    • Hi Margaret. The upper sizes are generously graded so a size 22 could easily squeeze in there. I think you could probably add to the side seams in the hip area and be just fine.

  • Kathryn

    YES. New Cone Mills kits. This makes my day.
    Just a clarifying question: they be going on sale Feb 20th, or will they be going on ale sooner, in time for people to use them for the workshop on the 20th?

    I sat on these kits twice now, regrettably. I *do not* want to miss out this time.

    • It will all go on sale at the same time. There is a chance we’ll launch a week early if deliveries arrive on time but if you’re on our mailing list you won’t miss out!

      • Kathryn


  • Sam

    I’m interested in taking this, but how hard will it be to adapt everything to a pair of men’s jeans? Also, do you have any men’s jean patterns that you like specifically?

    • No problem what so ever! It’s all the same construction methods, we just use a women’s pattern as an example. As for men’s jeans, I once used a Thread Theory pants pattern to make jeans for my fella. The fit was pretty good but I think we ended up lowering the rise and narrowing the leg a little (along with adding different front pockets).The post is here:

  • Michelle R.

    Hi Heather. This looks amazing and just the nudge I need to make some jeans! But before I do I’m wondering if there’s any chance you might teach a Ginger workshop in Vancouver while you are on the west coast?

    • No, I’m sorry Michelle! I have no plans to teach a Vancouver class this year even though I will be just up the coast in Seattle.

  • Birte

    Heather – this sounds good! I would love to make my own pair of jeans. In terms of sourcing materials, will you be talking about environmental friendly, worker friendly produced denim material? It seems this is quite hard to find and as the conditions of production of “ordinary” denim are horrible for the workers and the environment I would be really interested in tips on where to buy good stuff ;o) At best, with GOTS label or similar.

    • Hi there. To be honest, this is not something I know a lot about. My instinct is that anything from China, Taiwan etc. will be produced far more unethically than made in the USA denim. I encourage you to go check out the Cone Denim website – they’ve been making it for over a hundred years and are one of the last denim mills still in the US.

  • Nancy Seto

    Hi Heather, how easy would it be to adapt this pattern to fitting a pregnant body? I’m 17 weeks pregnant and looking for a good maternity pair of jeans.

    • Hi Nancy! I’ve been planning a Ginger pregnancy jean for a while but I keep getting distracted by other projects. You should go take a look at some mat jeans; basically you’ll just be replacing the front part of the jeans (basically to where the zipper starts) with a stretchy panel of fabric. Hope that helps somewhat!

  • Sandi Peters

    Hi Heather Lou, I am SO excited about this online workshop. I used to make my own jeans quite often and I think they turned out pretty good, considering the fabric was never very good. I know the fabric can totally make or break a project. I am assuming that your denim sources sell small cuts and ship to Canada. I am nervous about choosing denim online. I prefer to see it, feel it, etc. I’ve ordered “designer denim’ from an online shop in California that said it was a stretch denim but it had almost no stretch at all. Will you have more than one type or color of denim for your kits? I really want to take your online workshop, but am concerned about getting suitable denim that is a color that I like.

  • Liz Tubman

    This looks AMAZING. As much as I would love to buy a plane ticket to Seattle, I don’t know if my budget will stretch 😉 I would love to get a denim kit for this class, but if this is your first pair of jeans would you get some “cheap” denim to practice with before cutting into the good stuff??

  • Tina

    Hi Heather, any idea what it would cost to ship a denim kit to Australia?

  • Michelle

    OHH I’m so intrigued! I’m working on a pair of Gingers now…Question..will the mid rise Gingers be relased on their own in the near future?

    • I think so! It won’t be a pattern expansion though, because literally every pattern piece is revised and we couldn’t figure out how to do that in the pattern expansion format.

  • Quinn May

    I’ve pre-ordered this course. I’m wondering how it’s going to be uploaded? All at once? or in sections?