May Jean

The May Jean is a classic high waist jean pattern set, featuring a zip fly closure, high rise fit and five pocket construction - an ideal wardrobe staple! May comes with three leg cuts - View A - Straight Leg, View B - Wide Leg and View C - Shaped Leg. The leg hem finishes at the ankle bone and the length can be easily adjusted using the indication lines provided on the pattern. The May Jean pairs seamlessly with our Make by TFS patterns, including the Fog Tee, Bloom Shirt, Ivy Top and Cloud Sweatshirt!

Crop Detail
May Jean Pair SQ
Shaped Leg Detail SQ
Natural Wide Leg May Jean Hangshot
Pumice Straight Leg May Jean Hangshot
Lake Shaped Leg May Jean Hangshot

May Sizing + Fit

May comes in our NZ 4-32 size range and is high waisted close fit through the waist and waistband. We recommend referring to both the garment measurements and the body measurements when selecting a size, regardless of what size you wear in ready-to-wear clothing.

Our patterns are drafted for a height of 172cm (5'7"). You may wish to lengthen or shorten the body and sleeve hem depending on your height and personal preference and change the location of the pockets. If you wish to adjust the fit through the bust, we recommend using the bust apex points provided on the patterns.

A hand made pair of jeans is a considerable investment and a garment that is designed for maximum longevity in your wardrobe. We strongly recommend sewing a toile (sample garment) in a calico fabric (or similar) prior to cutting your final jean. This will ensure you have the opportunity to make any alterations in length or fit to the jean pattern using an inexpensive fabric. Sewing a toile requires additional time, but we consider this time well spent for a project of this type!

Wide Leg Wave Fog Side 24 SQ
Wide Leg Wave Ivy Chambray 24 SQ
Wide Leg Fog Back 24 SQ
Shaped Leg Front SQ
Shaped Leg Back SQ

Fabric Recommendations

The May Jean is designed for medium to heavy weight woven fabric. We highly recommend using denim, and we love how May looks in our range of Upcycled Cotton Denim fabrics, available in a handful of tonal shades in stores and online. Alternatively, you could try a sturdy cotton drill or corduroy. You will also need a lightweight woven fabric, preferably non-stretch, to use for pocketing.

Wide Leg Front Natural Side SQ
Wide Leg Front Natural Front SQ
Wide Leg Front Natural Back SQ
Shaped Leg Pumice Front SQ
Shaped Leg Front Pumice Front SQ

May Sew Along

Our full May sew-along is available on the blog, which means you can get a super handy preview before you begin sewing! We walk through cutting, sewing steps, and finishing touches for a professional at-home finish.

Still a little unsure? No worries, get in touch with our team by emailing today!

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