MN2208 Dawn / Sewalongs

Dawn Jeans Sewalong Schedule & Info

Sewalong schedule and info for the Dawn jeans by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Hey, everyone! It’s Holly again, moving right along with the next sewalong – the Dawn jeans sewalong. Now, this one is going to look a little different, since most of the construction of the Dawn jeans is exactly the same as the Ash jeans. So you can use the Ash sewalong posts to help you with your Dawn construction, with the addition of a few new tutorial posts that I’ll talk about in a minute.

But first, although the construction is the same, let’s discuss what is the difference between Dawn and Ash. Ash is meant to have a mid-ish rise and sit below your naval, whereas Dawn is a little higher rise and meant to sit at your natural waist. But more importantly – the Ash jeans are a stretch denim pattern, while the Dawn jeans are a rigid jean pattern.


So stretch denim is denim blended with a small amount of elastane/lycra/spandex that allows it to, literally, stretch. Different amounts of elastic will result in a range of stretch percentages. For example, Ash calls for denim with 2% of a stretch fibre with at least 15-20% stretch percentage. Working with denim with this amount of stretch allows a pattern to have negative ease, and results in a tight, very close-fitting, body-con jean through the waist and hip. Think – the modern-day skinny jeans or jegging. This is the Ash jean pattern.

Rigid denim, on the other hand, just means non-stretch. It contains no elastane/lycra/spandex (or if you can’t find true rigid denim you like, go with one that has very little elastic fibres, 1% or less, with a very small amount of stretch percentage). It’s classic denim, which creates a more relaxed fitting pair of jeans. The pattern has positive ease, and will fit close through the waist and hip, but not super snug and tight like with stretch denim. Think – a vintage denim look. Like vintage mom jeans. This is the Dawn jeans pattern. You can also use other non-stretch bottom weights other than denim, such as twill, corduroy, or linen.


Ok, so now back to this sewalong. The main difference between Ash and Dawn is the fit and type of denim used. But the construction is basically exactly the same. From the pockets to the seams, to the waistband and belt loops and hardware – the same construction! In fact, if you are including a zipper fly front on your Dawn jeans, you can follow the Ash sewalong exactly. Of course, there is one more difference between the two patterns – Dawn includes options for a button fly or an exposed button fly. So we will be including new posts for those tutorials, as well as new tips for sewing buttonholes, finishing pocket bags, and embroidering your jeans!

Here is a list of Ash jeans posts that also pertain to the Dawn jeans:

And here are the new posts coming this week to help you with Dawn:

We absolutely love seeing what you make, so don’t forget to tag your creations with #MNdawn and @megannielsenpatterns when sharing on social media, and check out what everyone else is up to!

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Dawn & Dawn Curve

Order Dawn today in sizes 0-20 and Curve sizes 14-34

About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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Danita Courtney
5 years ago

Hi, Megan! I read the tutorial about grading between sizes very carefully and it totally makes sense to me. I have the Curve version and the difference between waist to hip is a full 10 inches in my size. But I only need 5 inches and those are all on a curve. So, size 22 allows for 50 inches at the hip. How do I cut that down to the 45 I need and blend that into a leg size that will also not be huge on me? In RWT stretch jeans I am a 14 for my legs. And all the “stretch” for my hips and waist! LOL

I am excited and terribly nervous because of the rigid jean material. I have a love and not so love relationship with it. These are the jeans I wore in my youth and I couldn’t get enough of good ole Levei’s! But I’m older and my shape has changed. But I really want to give these a go! Thank you again for extending your size range! You are making many women very happy right now! :-)