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sew your own jeans intensive weekend

Take your sewing to the next level and make your own custom jeans! While sewing jeans seems like it would be difficult, it doesn't have to be - and Jeans Queen Lauren Taylor is going to show you just how easy (and fun!) it can be.

Students will make the Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Patterns* - a classic high-rise jean skinny jean made with stretch denim.  Students will have the option to make either the straight leg or skinny leg version of the pattern.

We will cover everything you need to know to make a professional looking pair of jeans that fit YOU just right! This includes choosing the correct size, basic fitting adjustments, tips for accurate topstitching, serged seam finishes, an easy fly-front zipper, and installing all that fun hardware!

* Please Note: The Ginger jeans pattern is available in sizes 0-32/ 33"-63". Male students can choose to use either the Quanda or Fulford jeans patterns from Thread Theory. 
The weekend begins with a fun fitting and cutting party on Friday afternoon.  While getting to know each other and snacking on some yummy goodies, Lauren will first help you determine your size, then we'll get to cutting and marking your denim. Construction will begin on Saturday and continue through the weekend.  You will leave with not only a new pair of jeans, but also the knowledge and empowerment to make more on your own.

Included in the cost of the class:

- 18 hours of sewing instruction
- Snacks and beverage at Friday fitting party
- Goody bag with fun products and treats!

Required Materials:
- (1) Closet Core Ginger Jeans Pattern, available here
If students prefer mid-rise or flare, they may purchase the add-on options available on the Closet Core website. Male students may substitute the Quadra or Fulford jeans by Thread Theory.
- 2-3 yds of Stretch denim with 15% stretch, actually yardage dependent on the size the student is making. We recommend using Robert Kaufman Wyatt Stretch denim, available here ,  the Wesley stretch denim, available here or the Cassidy Stretch denim, available here
- 1/2 yd quilting cotton (for pocket lining) - cotton lawn is not recommended. 
- (1) Hardware, topstitch thread, and interfacing kit, available here

Required Tools:
Fabric scissors
- Wonder Tape, will be available to purchase in the shop
Pins and/or wonder clips
seam ripper
chalk or friction pen
- detail scissors
- notebook

Fabric and Hardware/Interfacing kits will be available in our shop at least 6 weeks prior to the weekend. 

Please be sure to prewash and press your denim before class. It is recommended that you wash and dry your denim a minimum of 2-3 times to remove as much shrinkage and indigo bleed as possible. 

Prior sewing experience is required to take this class. You must be comfortable threading and operating a sewing machine, and have sewn at least one garment pattern. This class is best suited for intermediate sewists or adventurous beginners with a little experience under their belt.

*Please note: Due to the unique nature of this class and the attendance of a specialized external instructor, the cost of the weekend is non-refundable.  However, if you cannot make the class, you may transfer registration to a friend.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: Students are required to have prior sewing experience and must be comfortable threading and operating a sewing machine and have sewn at least one garment pattern. Best suited to intermediate sewists or adventurous beginners with a little experience under their belt.
Instructor: Lauren Taylor
Instructor Bio: Lauren Taylor is a sewing enthusiast and rad sewing instructor based in Nashville, TN. Lauren has been sewing for most of her life and makes anything and everything! In addition to teaching fun sewing workshops, Lauren also works professionally as a tailor for a local fine suiting store, as well as on set wardrobe and alterations for commericals, tour wardrobes and red carpet events. She can be found at and at @LLADYBIRD on Instagram.

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
  • Tel: 908.232.0600
  • Email:
  • 361 South Avenue E.,
  • Westfield, NJ 07090