Ginger skinny jeans pattern by Closet Case Files


Ginger skinny jeans pattern by Closet Case Files

I‘d like to introduce you to my new best friend: meet Ginger. She’s been a constant presence in my life for the last 4 months, something I’ve obsessed over, dreamed of, fell asleep thinking about. Like many great romances, this affair was all the more intense due to many fruitless years searching for “the one”.

The one perfect pair of jeans.

I think a lot of us are searching for the one. The one that hits at just the right place on the hip. The one that clings just right. The one that looks as good with a t-shirt and Chuck Taylors as it does with a blazer and a pair of heels. The one that we reach for every day, knowing it will always make us love our butts.

Like Nettie and the Bombshell, Ginger was born when I couldn’t find a great 5 pocket skinny jeans pattern. The patterns I did find required major redrafting, or were so lacking in practical instructions that it required reading 20 blog posts to figure out the basics of jeans construction. I started tinkering with a jeans draft, and came up with something that I think is super flattering and flexible, along with writing really clear, detailed instructions that will allow any level of sewist to make a pair of perfect custom fit jeans.

View A is a low-rise stovepipe jean. It sits a few inches below the belly button, but has a higher rise in the back so you don’t have to worry about peekabooty when you bend down. It features a narrow back yoke, and slightly curved back pockets to highlight the bum’s natural curve. The legs are narrow but not super tight; this option is divine in a medium to heavy weight stretch denim.

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View B of Ginger is a treat; a sexy, 70’s inspired high-rise jean with a modern cut. It features a skinny, “jegging” style leg, along with slightly elongated back pockets to avoid the dreaded mom butt. These sit around your belly button. While I was developing this pattern, I found that jeans that ended too high on the waist were not designed for sitting (or eating, haha) so View B has a medium high rise that still let you feel comfortable, although these can be very easily modified to sit higher if you desire. They are super flattering and easy to wear; all my testers who chose to make this version looked like total knockouts (bombshells, even!)

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The Ginger Jeans pattern is designed to be made with stretch denim. I recommend anything with at least 2% lycra. I’ve successfully made pairs with 1% lycra, although the fit is a little more snug. Similarly, anything with more stretch will work great as well, but may require going down a size. These fit with zero ease at the waist, and minus 1″ ease at the hip. I could have made them even snugger, but since there is so much variation with denim I felt it best to play it somewhat safe with sizing. I highly recommend you baste together your pieces before finishing your seams to get the exact fit you want. If you have shapely calves, you’ll want to definitely test that View B gives you enough room in the leg.

I also want to make a special note about fitting… I know pants fitting gets a bad rep, but fitting stretch denim is MUCH easier than traditional non-stretch fabric. Most of my testers got a good fit off the bat without much fiddling. Rest assured, we will cover everything you’ll need to know to get a great fit in the sewalong.


Ginger Jeans Pattern denim Kit by Closet Case files

Now here is something I’m REALLY excited to offer you. I am collaborating with Jennifer over at Workroom Social to produce exclusive denim kits for your Ginger Jeans. These include everything you need to make TWO pairs of jeans! I went deep down the denim rabbit hole when I was in the research stage of this pattern. As most of you have probably discovered, jeans live and die by the quality of the denim. If you’ve ever bought a pair of cheap jeans only to find them 2 sizes too big at the end of the day, you know exactly what I mean. I looked into what my favourite cult denim brands were using for fabric, and discovered one of the greatest denim manufacturers in the world.

Cone Mills is an American company that has been making denim for over 120 years. They recently patented a denim process that weaves cotton and polyester together to make incredibly strong, resilient stretch denim with amazing recovery. It’s called S-Gene, and it is not available in fabric stores since Cone Mills only supplies to the commercial industry (you can read more about S-gene denim here). I tracked down a source and have made over 8 pairs of jeans using this stuff. It’s fabulous. As I type, I am wearing the low-waisted jeans you saw above. I’ve had them on for three days straight and they still look and fit great! This is the same type of denim used by companies like Imogene + Willie, whose jeans retail for over $200 US.

I wanted to be able to offer this denim to you as well. Unfortunately yardage is limited, so if you’d like to purchase a kit, you’ll have to do it quickly to guarantee you can get your hands on one. We are offering these as a pre-sale. This means when the sale is over on October 31 we will then gather what we need to fulfill your orders; you can expect to receive your Ginger kit in December.

The kit includes the following:

  • A pdf copy of the Ginger Jeans Pattern
  • 2 1/2 yards of  11.5 oz dark indigo S-gene denim (the same fabric I used in View A above). I’m calling this denim “winter weight”. It’s on the heavier side, but still has a good amount of stretch (92% cotton, 6% polyester, 2% lycra)
  • 2 1/2 yards of 9.5 oz indigo S-gene denim. This is a medium weight denim with slightly more stretch than the above and a little more white running through the grain (89% cotton, 8% polyester, 3% lycra)
  • 8 x high quality metal rivets in copper
  • 8 x high quality metal rivets in bronze
  • 1 x jean button in copper
  • 1 x jean button in antique bronze
  • 3 x Schmetz denim needles
  • 1 x spool of Gutterman denim topstitching thread in your choice of gold or copper (328 yards)
  • 1 x 7″ navy YKK denim zipper
  • 1 x 9″ navy YKK denim zipper

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We are giving you hardware in two finishes, but you’ll have to decide between bronze and gold topstitching thread when you place your order. Your pdf pattern will arrive immediately in your inbox, and we will message you in December when your kit is on its way! You have until next Friday to place an order, unless we sell out before then. We are shipping from New York, so shipping rates within the US should be affordable (we are also happy to ship internationally). Since you are buying everything in one shot, you will be be able to save money by not shipping from several suppliers.


I know many of us fear making jeans. It can seem a little overwhelming at first, but I PROMISE you, it is 100% something you can do. And you’ll have fun! Making jeans is so incredibly satisfying and you’ll get to learn some new skills. One of my testers successfully made a pair of Gingers and it was only her 8th make! If Sena can do it, so can you! Plus, the street cred you’ll get from family and friends for making your own jeans is pretty priceless.

While the included instructions for this pattern are very comprehensive, there are a lot of things I wanted to expand upon. The sewalong will not only include step by step instructions on making jeans, but also lots of information on things like sourcing materials, fitting, pattern hacking, distressing denim, back pocket placement for maximum booty goodness, etc. I will be starting the sewalong the second week of November if you’d like help making your very own jeans. We’ll have a blast, pinky swear.


Finally, I am continuing the Nettie tradition by naming this pattern after one of the many sewists who inspire me. You likely all know Sonja from Ginger Makes. She’s a wise-cracking, whipsmart ball of positive energy, and over the last few years she’s become a great friend. When Ginger started taking shape, Sonja was on my mind. She wears skinny jeans all the time, but has said on more than one occasion that she was intimidated by jeans making. I knew she could do it, and figured the best way to get her to tackle jeans was to name some after her (hee hee). The universe must have approved, because her first pair fit her pretty much perfectly right outta the gate…. Big love to Ginger/Sonja for encouraging me through this process. She was the perfect muse!

So that about winds it up for this post. If you can’t tell, I’m pretty passionate about this pattern. I got to see some gorgeous Gingers from my testers over the past few weeks and I think you guys will really dig making them. You can purchase Ginger here and the kit here. Just a heads-up that my new webstore now takes Paypal so you no longer have to use Etsy if you want to pay with that method. Let me know if you run into any problems on the site since I only switched platforms a few days ago.

I’m so excited to hear what you think!  Any questions? I’ll answer in the comments below.


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Hello friends! This here outtake is the result of about a million hours of blood, sweat and serger thread…. My new pattern, the Ginger Jeans! If all goes well, I will be dropping them this week. The above is a modern take on classic high-waisted pinup jeans, but there is also an option for a low-waisted stove-pipe, and I can’t wait for you to see them….. I’m giving you a little sneak peek because I talk a lot about them on The Sewing Affair Podcast, which just went live today. Take a listen if you have the time; I had a great time talking to Corinne and I felt so honoured to be interviewed.

On to the internet goodies!


I’ve been suffering from major 90’s nostalgia lately (that would have been pretty clear in this week’s Halloween costume post) and Jacqui’s crushed velvet Mabel couldn’t have been better timed. Smells Like Teen Yes Please.

What’s better than making your own wedding dress? How about making your husband’s suit, too? I want to steal Lindsay’s dress RIGHT OFF HER BACK.

Kathy is quickly shooting up my “favourite bra makers” list. I never knew I wanted green boobs before. Now I really, really do.

Digging Erika’s graphic print sweater.

Try not to die of jealousy looking at this Marimekko factory tour on When All You Need Is….

I’m probably not the only one into the strappy bra trend these days. There is a great pattern hack on Ohh Lulu showing you how to do it!


Here’s a fun fact about me; I’m obsessed with “animal odd couple” videos. My boyfriend and I watched a documentary about it on Netflix a while back and I basically lost my mind the entire time. So now he sends me videos like this so he can laugh at me going through the entire range of human emotions in 3 minutes.


You might want to wipe off the drool on your keyboard after looking at this breathtaking tour of a Chanel atelier.


It can be hard to find music to listen to when you’re working. It’s like discovering the right tension on your serger; the frequency aligns and BOOM, you’re off. Here’s a list of great “work” albums from my pals at Spyglass Editing.


This essay on our relationships with other women really resonated with me this week:

Here’s an insanely revolutionary act: why not counter each ill thought that comes through your head with an acceptance—the acceptance that you’re not always going to agree with everything every woman does. Or an acceptance that some women will be tricky and some will be actual bitches, some of them will read Lean In and be the next Sheryl Sandberg, some women will call Beyoncé an anti-feminist, some will be walking contradictions, or some women will say that I’m a fake behind my back, or that I’m a liar, and that I don’t write well, or whatever—and just to accept that people are just people, women are just women, instead of reacting poorly and slamming them in whatever juvenile way that you see fit.

All of the hate stems from a disillusioned society that places men on top for being alive, and women are the ones that have to struggle to be constantly validated in the workplace, by their friends, peers, boyfriends, parents, shrinks. No wonder we can’t give each other a break, we’re terrified of not getting one ourselves so we snatch what we can from whomever we can. Dog eat dog. Bitches eat bitches. Except, no. Except what if we just didn’t do that anymore? I want to feed myself a new rhetoric now:

I am here for other women.



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I love Halloween, but those words seem like a paltry way to describe my deep devotion to the holiday. Longtime readers may already know this since I’ve posted about my sometimes insanely time-intensive costumes over the years. My all-time favourite was the year I went as Prince; I won first prize. They can carve that on my tombstone.

I’ve also been a Toddler in Tiara (very scary), John Waters, a bag of jelly beans, a human tornado, Karl Lagerfeld, and a trophy wife (head to toe gold body paint, for real). However, for the first time maybe ever, it’s mid-October and I have no idea what I’m going to do in a few weeks. I’ve been too busy to make an elaborate wear-once outfit, so I’ve been thinking of creative ways to make wearable garments that will have a life outside of the funnest night of the year.

The following costumes can all be made with existing patterns and a few extra accessories.  They are inspired by some of my favourite fashion icons over the last 70 years, and the main components can be worn even when you’re not binging on candy Halloween night.


Annie Hall DIY Halloween costume

My deep misgivings about Woody Allen aside, this is probably my favourite movie of all time. Annie Hall is so charming and stylish and instantly recognizable. Make a classic white Archer, a pair of khaki Thurlow trousers and you’re half way there. Accessorize with a borrowed tie, brogues, a black fedora, a straw bag and tennis racket. Even better if you add a fake lobster prop and run away from it all night.


Courtney Love

Oh Courtney, I’ll love you forever. You never apologize for who you are and Live Through This is still one of the best rock records ever made. Pay homage to the ultimate Hot Mess with a black and white Emery dress, white schoolgirl socks, mary janes, red glossy lips, Goody baby barrettes and a tiara. Watch this impression from Molly Shannon on SNL if you want to really nail the performance.



All my nineties girls, REPRESENT. Blossom was the most stylish character on TV when I was a tween. I wanted EVERYTHING she wore. This is totally on trend right now, which terrifies me; I am now old enough to see the stuff I wore in high school cool again. Make a floral Sabrina dress from By Hand London, and thrift a crocheted sweater and denim vest. Hopefully you never got rid of your high school Doc Martens. Throw a flower on a hat and you are good to go. Bonus points if your best friend dresses like Six.



The ultimate art muse, Edie was a 60’s “it” girl who palled around with Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan. It doesn’t get much easier (or more chic) than Edie. Layer a black Nettie bodysuit over  opaque black tights, and wear huge chandelier earrings and black pumps. Eyes should be as smoky as a forest fire with a nude lip.



No one has ever had a more uniquely beautiful aesthetic than Frida, and it’s such an easy costume to throw together. Make a bright floral Gabriola skirt and wear it with a simple peasant style top (alternatively you could make this Mexican dress from Folkwear patterns). The fun is in the accessorizing; make a floral crown and layer lots of bold jewelry with colourful scarves. Don’t forget a strong lip and a unibrow!



If you feel like going the sexy route, you can’t really do better than Bettie Page (I rocked this costume a few years back). Rather than prancing around in your underwear, make a gorgeous leopard print wrap dress using this Vogue pattern, and add seamed stockings and maribou trimmed pumps. You’ll need a wig unless you feel like trimming Bettie bangs. Don’t forget the whip, and some classic come-hither perfume.


stevie nicks

Finally, channel some witchy womanly goodness through Stevie Nicks. The key to this is floaty diaphanous layers, lots of scarves and granny boots. I think a black Cascade skirt is just the ticket, but if you’re feeling more ambitious you could make this beautiful maxi dress from Burdastyle. I love this old SNL skit starring Lucy Lawless as Stevie Nicks opening a tex-mex restaurant, you know, for inspiration.

And now to decide what I’m actually going to do this year. Are you going out for Halloween? Making your own costume? I want to hear all about it!


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