All right, so here’s the post that you’ve all been waiting for, right? I’m on record with how much I love my Ginger Jeans. But I’ve also been absolutely gushing over my Birkin Flares. Most people aren’t going to make 5 pairs of jeans (with plans for more), so if you only need one jeans pattern — which one to get?
And of course I’m a lawyer, so in a very lawyerly fashion, my answer to that is: Well, it depends.
Depends on WHAT, you might ask. It depends on what YOU want out of a pair of jeans. Do you like low rise or high rise? Do you want lots of options or are you set on a single look? Do you want a tighter fit in the hips to pull in a tummy and lift the buns, or would that drive you crazy?
Everyone’s body is different, as we all know, and jeans, more than any other category of garment, seem to attract the most vehement opinions.
SO, I can’t give you a blanket “buy this pattern, not that one.” What I can do is give you a side-by-side comparison of the jeans that I’ve made from these two patterns and then my honest opinion as to which pattern I would recommend for different needs.
So here goes. I’ve made both View A (high rise, skinny leg) and View B (low rise, straight leg) of the Gingers, and I’ve included photos of both. Front view:
Naturally, you can make your own judgment as to what you think looks best. Here are my two cents:
- The fly extends further down the front of the pants on the Gingers than it is on the Birkins. I think that gives the front of the low rise Gingers the most pleasing look of the three, but I think the fly looks too long on the high rise Gingers.
- I like the rise the best on the Birkins. The high rise Gingers are too high for me, and while I like where the low rise Gingers hit, the waistband gets bent and crumpled because it hits right under where my waist bends.
- The Birkins have 3″ of negative ease in the hip, which I LOVE. I can comfortably wear a belt with them for the first time in my life and I have never once had to pull them up during the day. The Gingers only have 1″ of negative ease, and I still have to pull them up periodically throughout the day.
- The low rise Gingers give the illusion of shortening my bum, which is nice. But the negative ease of the Birkins really frames and lifts my bum, which I like better. The back view on those two (Birkins and Ginger View B) is close, but I prefer the Birkins.
- The Birkins make me look tall. And I’m not tall, at all. That may just be because of the flare leg, and the Ginger now does come with a flare add-on, but I love how long my legs look in the Birkins.
- This is something you can’t tell from the photos, but I really prefer the construction on the Birkins. A lot of it is the same, but the waistband and fly methods are different, and IMO the Birkin method is superior. And that pattern includes some additional little details that I prefer for the finished product.
In short, my preference goes: (1) Birkin flares; (2) Ginger View B; (3) Ginger View A.
And then the ultimate question, which pattern would I recommend for a particular need? Well, I did a chart to answer that question for as many considerations as I could think of:
Which pattern best fits your needs?