I made these jeans back in December as part of the Six Degrees blog tour, and I’m just now getting around to giving them their well-deserved own post!
If you hadn’t already guessed, these jeans are the Birkin Flares by Baste + Gather. It’s late as I’m writing this and I need to sleep more, so I won’t beat around the bush. I love these jeans. They are so beautiful and professional looking and I feel like a million bucks when I’m wearing them.
The details that went into this pattern are really impressive. Lauren studied designer jeans and jeans making as she was developing this pattern, and the attention to detail really shows. She overlooked nothing and the result is beautiful.
This pattern also contained new-to-me methods of inserting the zip fly and the waistband. When I first read through the instructions, I was skeptical and thought about just doing them my usual way. But I decided to trust the pattern and boy am I glad I did! The zip fly went in beautifully, and the waistband is undoubtedly the nicest waistband I’ve ever installed.
My fabric is a high quality American-milled stretch denim from a mill called Pacific Blue. I was looking for Cone Mills at Fancy Tiger Crafts, and they were out, so I got this instead. It’s really very nice. Sturdy but with nice stretch and it’s holding up well to wear. It has enough stretch for the 3″ of negative ease at the hip in this pattern (yes, you read that right — 3 inches), and also enough recovery that they’re not stretching out, even with the near-constant wear that they’re getting.
One of my favorite things about this pattern is the very nice things it does for the butt view. I’m not being vain here, by any means, but that’s a big part of why these jeans feel so great to wear.
The pattern is drafted with a 34″ inseams — described as sufficient length for a 5’7″ woman wearing very high heels. With that in mind, I originally shortened the inseam on this pattern by 4″ to 30″. Turns out that was a bad idea! They were so short that I could only wear them with the flattest of flats. So to fix that, I drafted and cut a 2.5″ cuff and sewed it onto the bottom of each pants leg. It’s not particularly noticeable, and most people would probably just think I did a wide hem.
I am publicly on record as a huge fan of the Closet Case Ginger Jeans. So how do they compare???? Never fear, you will find out soon enough…next week 🙂
Pattern: Birkin Flares by Baste + Gather
Fabric: For these jeans I used Pacific Blue Mills indigo stretch denim from Fancy Tiger Crafts. It’s 11.5oz stretch denim with 2% spandex.
Difficulty: Intermediate. Jeans really aren’t complicated to make, they just take a lot of time and precise topstitching. For that reason, they’re not a beginner project, but if you have a decent amount of apparel sewing under your belt, do not fear the jeans!
Techniques Required: Topstitching, inserting a zip fly, pants alterations (if needed), working with denim, finishing a waistband.
Fit: Amazing. I love these jeans. I didn’t even have to make a swayback adjustment and the fit was spot-on straight out of the envelope.
Pattern Format: PDF. Not gonna lie here, jeans patterns are some of the most cumbersome PDF files I’ve ever worked with. That being said, this file is surprisingly small for a PDF jeans file. Overall, it wasn’t too bad to work with.
- Beautiful, designer finishes.
- New-to-me method of installing the zip fly gave a really, really nice finish.
- New-to-me method of installing the waistband resulted in the best-looking waistband I’ve ever made.
- The 3″ of negative ease at the hip is really slimming and makes for a great behind view.
- Detailed instructions that walk through every step of jeans making.
- I wish the fly was a little bit longer. Visually, it stops too far up the crotch, and I think it needs about an extra inch of length. I’ll make this change next time!
- Other than that, I seriously don’t have any complaints. Lauren did a lot of work on this pattern and it shows. The finished product is really top-notch.
Overall Grade: A. I would put these right up towards the top of my all-time favorite makes.