Minerva make – Black is back baby!

I’ve been wanting a ‘dressy’ pair of black jeans for a while. Minerva Crafts have the fabric and hardware so you can get everything you need in one place. The black denim from Minerva paired well with Vogue 8774.

Winnie made her fab Jamie jeans last month and they look great. Kate also made wonderful boyfriend jeans too.

It’s the jeans hardware that is difficult to get in one place. How and where you apply the hardware is where you make your jeans your own. 
 I’ve made jeans before and they were casual so I could wear sneakers with them. These are the dressy pair because the hem is lower and I can wear these with heels. These shoes needed an outfit 🙂
I’ve put the rivets at the top of the back pockets and on the front pockets.

Here’s a close up of the rivets and the pin placed there the centre back belt loop will be positioned.
One of the interesting features of this pattern is the back belt loops are sewn into the base of the back yolk.
And I’ve used the pocket stitching template for the back pocket stitching.
Again, here’s where you can put your own stitching design on the back pockets. I’ve seen back pocket stitching that’s gone onto the jeans fabric too.

I did a fair bit of jeans back pocket research at the local second hand clothes markets and the creative options are endless. Fabric painting or adding other rivets anywhere are all options you can use. Amy used the skull fabric in her Preppy skull dress.
Did you notice the additional pocket I’ve placed on the side seam above the knee? It’s a cargo pants feature pocket without the bulk.
The Minerva kit has everything you need for these jeans – Vogue 8874, Top stitching thread, great black non-stretch denim, woven interfacing, the inside skull print fabric, a very secure metal zipper and the ideal metal jeans button and rivets. 
A metal button with ridges is less likely to pop when you sneeze while wearing these jeans #embarrassingexperiencetalking. 
The key thing with these jeans is the pattern is designed for non-stretch denim. Non-stretch denim is cheap to buy and it holds you in. It truly does. 

See how I’ve taken the pocket from the side seam to the zipper? This is what ‘holds’ you in at the front. This ‘stay’ keeps you in place. Nifty huh? No need to wear spanks.

Below is how I adjusted the pocket to form the waist stay.

Above is my usual sway back adjustment and increased thigh room #cyclistthighs.

Now you can see why I wanted a dressy pair of black jeans to get me from summer to autumn in one make!
These tops are New Look 6940 and New Look 6149. 

If you haven’t been to the Minerva Crafts blog, you’ll be amazed and how much easier it is to use and find out what everyone’s been doing. There are over 30 of us who do the crafts we love with the support of Minerva Crafts UK.


  1. Your outfit looks great. Those jeans are a perfect fit. I've plans to make a pair so thanks for the info for locating hardware.


  2. Your jeans look so great! My mom taught me that trick about the pocket going from the side seam to the fly…. she would onlly buy jeans or pants with this feature. Smart ladies the two of you! I'm swooning over those shoes!


  3. Ooh-eee! Seriously, I'm so impressed! The fit is so perfect and they are just beautifully made. If I wasn't so hell bent on drafting my own (having second thoughts after reading this post :p) I'd be all over this kit like a rash!


  4. I keep wondering how your jeans are going. I know they'll be great. PS. join the Sydney Spoolettes on facebook when you're thinking about visiting Sydney:)


  5. They are gorgeous – I love the skull and crossbones fabric inside – so unexpected. The cargo pocket is a gorgeous touch. These fit so nicely for non stretch – I must break out this pattern (it's in the collection). Stays are a must for pants – Burda always uses them.


  6. The jeans are on hold while I've been making a dress for a wedding & now I've been distracted by Sew For Victory but will crack on with them after that!

    I don't really function on FB any more but will head over & join up anyway 🙂


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