High Waisted Straight Leg Non Stretch Jeans

A review of Megan Nielsen Dawn Jeans

Reviewed by sewmanju on 28th October, 2019

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

Classic high waisted rigid jean pattern set. Includes four cuts and multiple lengths for tall, regular and cropped. Pattern features a high rise to sit on the natural waist, button fly, close fit through the waist and hips and classic jeans details.

View A is a tapered leg jean. View B is a straight leg jean. View C is a wide leg jean. View D is a jean short.

Inspired by our hunt to find the perfect pair of vintage jeans this pattern will fulfil all of your vintage jean dreams!

I made view B.

Pattern Sizing:

0 – 20.

Note that I cut a straight size 20 in the standard pattern, not the Curve pattern which covers sizes 14 – 30.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?


Were the instructions easy to follow?


What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

There is nothing to dislike. I love the look and fit of these jeans and the high waisted style. I also like the fact different style options are included in the same envelope.

Fabric Used:

Non stretch light/ medium weight denim.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

  • The only major alteration I did was a 5/8ths inch full tummy adjustment, which meant I also had to adjust the fly pieces and make the pockets larger also by 5/8ths inch.
  • I initially curved the waistband by removing three 0.25 inch tucks at the centre back, but when it came to trying the jeans on, the waistband was gaping quite badly. I ended up going back in and taking a 5/8ths inch dart out of the waistband under where the centre back belt loop is. Not ideal but nobody can see or tell. For future versions I have distributed this amount in a series of further 0.25 inch tucks across the waistband.
  • I had to let the thigh seams out a smidge at the outer thigh.
  • I did not interface my waistband. It has been fine for wear all day. I don’t interface my Ginger jeans waistband and I don’t have issues with that either.
  • Ended up removing 4 inches from the length. I should have cut the regular crop inseam (FYI I am 5 foot 3 inches height).
  • For next time I might cut the waistband on the cross grain or add a seam to it. It is cut in one piece and eats a lot of fabric.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Definitely would like to make again and definitely recommend.


Mom jeans are back! You may be surprised at how much you like these once you try them out.

Lots more details and photographs over on my blog, including photos of the full tummy adjustment I made to the pattern pieces. https://sewmanju.com/2019/10/28/megan-nielsen-patterns-dawn-jeans-diy-high-waisted-straight-legged-button-fly-jeans/