Vogue Designer pattern – jeans

by | Mar 2, 2021 | blog, Designer pattern, jeans, pants, Vogue | 5 comments

I’ve been a huge Claude Montana fan in the 80’s and my first Vogue patterns were designer patterns by him. I no longer have those patterns but I recently found one in a suitable size again and that is on its way to me.

This pattern is from 2007 and I bought it only recently. I haven’t been into designer patterns for a while. This pattern includes the moto jacket and the jeans and both together have 45 pattern pieces!

I’m planning on making the jeans, which has 17 pattern pieces. Quite a lot for a pair of jeans.


The envelope has only small line drawings. The accents are the pockets with zipper and the knee  area, that has 4 separate pattern pieces for the front and back. Also there’s a long strip of fabric to the sides, something I’ve seen in other jeans patterns but haven’t used myself yet.

I traced all pattern pieces as I don’t like to cut into Vogue patterns (I prefer to have the original as reference) and checked the length with my favorite pair of Ginger jeans. It was already clear to me that I would have to add length as I don’t like low cut trousers on me. That I would have to add 5 cm (2 inch) to have about the same length surprised me. 

A substantial length and as it’s also difficult to compare the fit I will make a quick muslin first. I checked what I had and came up with 3 pieces of fabric which are remnants from the last pairs of jeans I made. None of them is enough for a garment. 

Apart from the fit my main concern is in the back: there is no classic yoke or back pockets and I’m wondering whether to incorporate those. A muslin is a good way to evaluate that too.

You may have noticed I changed my site a bit. The home page now is the overview with all blog posts as that’s the main feature of the site. I’d like you to be able to find and read the posts without too many mouse clicks.

The “garment a month” series I planned were a bit too ambitious, February was gone before I knew it ;). I still like to share the process of making a garment but I’m not worrying about it if it’s not something special each month.

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  1. Terri Gardner

    Excited to follow you on this journey. I sew with a lot of Vogue patterns but never a Claude Montana.

  2. Sonya Nash

    I also have this pattern but I bought it for the jacket, so I am very interested to see how you find the jeans. Claude Montana is a wonderful designer I wish I had more of his patterns!

  3. Carol

    I also have this pattern. Made many Claude Montana patterns years ago. Still have some of those garments. Will be excited to see your alterations. I recently made a Vogue jean pattern and raised the crotch depth on front and back as it would have been way too low for me. Glad I did. I have to check but I think I added about 1.5″ and it still wasn’t at my waist level. For reference I am 5′ 8″ tall.

  4. Laura Cahill

    I made a Claude Montana pattern for a crossover skirt back in the 80’s with pleats down the front. It was one of the best things I’ve ever made. So wish I had the skirt and pattern now. Good luck with your make!


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