When I started sewing there were a few things I never imagined I would ever sew. Pants were on that list. I mean, how in the world do you sew a pair of pants and make them look professional. I most certainly believed if I made a pair of pants they would look homemade.
I am excited to say it is totally doable! I think a lot of things scare us because we don’t understand them. Things become much clearer and doable when you understand them! Jeans are not hard to make! When you have the resourses on where to buy the buttons and rivets, what type of thread to use to make the topstitching look great, and a great pattern it is totally doable! Don’t let the fly and waistband scare you away. When the steps are broken down one by one, they become achievable! Im pretty sure that is how life is in general. Things look big and hard until we start doing them little by little. Pretty soon that scary big thing is done and it was by breaking it into smaller steps! Thank you jean making, for that revelation 😉
Onto the pattern review and process. I actually bought a class on Crafsty Sewing Designer Jeans by Angela Wolf back in the summer after being inspired by Baste and Gather. I was really wanting to make jeans and needed to learn more about it. I bought Angela’s pattern too, but they both sat untouched. Life happens right? Just recently Baste and Gather released her Birkin Flares. I had been following her on Instagram and knew she really put a lot of effort and time into making them. I bought the pattern and felt inspired to finally start my first pair. I loved everything about this pattern. Lauren went through so much work to get all the details perfected. I didn’t have any problem following her directions as her pictures and wording were very clear. She included many helpful tips along the way too.
I loved how this pattern had a high waist. I always hate when I bend down and my jeans slide down. I then very attractively hike them babies back up again. I never thought I would be all “grandma like” and like high waisted things, but I am starting to eat my words. I am beginning to see its a thing and it is cute! I wasn’t too crazy on the flared legs. I was loving it on other people but didn’t know if I could pull it off myself. I like wearing flowly tunics and I wasn’t sure flares would be attractive with that. In the end I decided to modify the pattern to more of a boot cut. Maybe one of these days I will be brave enough to try the flare.
Other than the bootcut modification I sewed it up exactly as the pattern called for. I loved the entire process, that is until I had to sew on the belt loops and install the rivets. the belt loops were so thick even after hammering them, they tried my patience. The front belt loop got sewn on crooked because I didn’t have wonder tape to keep it in place. I tried seam ripping and gave up on that. When I get to the point of annoyance, sometimes good enough is just that when I sew for myself. I can always fix it another day. I never intend to wear shirts tucked in to jeans, so the crooked belt loop won’t ever show. Then came the rivets and button. I got the button on ok, but the rivet I had issues with. I watched Lauren’s video and was fully aware that I could punch through the rivet. So I began hammering in those babies gently. Nothing. My patience was already worn thin so I added a little more power. Yes it is true, punching through the rivet is a real thing! There may or may not be a tiny hole in our kitchen floor now! My husband informed me that linoleum is not a hard surface. Make sure you install your buttons and rivets on actual concrete! After I ruined the first one, I thought, why am I even putting these on since they won’t show? I opted to leave off the rest.
I sewed a straight size 30. I probably should have sized down one at the waist according to Lauren’s instructions, but I didn’t want my jeans to be tight. I love the end fit of these and I think it is perfect for my personal preference. These pants are so very comfortable to wear! The high waist is high enough that when I bend down the pants don’t pull down, but not too high that the top digs into my ribs. I cut out the pattern to the full length and ended up cutting off around 3 inches. I am not a heel and jean person so they ended up way too long for me.
I opted to baste the jeans together for my “muslin” and it ended up working out perfectly for me. I usually never take the time to make muslins, to my own peril at times, but this time it worked out fine! I really love the fit of these jeans and know I will be making many more!
Pattern: Birkin Flares
Size sewn: 30
Measurements: Waist: 29″, Hips: 40″, Height: 5’6″
Fabric: Girl Charlee
Rivets, Buttons, and Topstitching Thread: Taylor Tailer
Zipper: JoAnne Fabrics
Let’s talk about this tag. It is actually kraft tex paper that I took to a local engraving company (Roth Stoneworks) and had the RS engraved on a couple tags. Im in love with it! I know it seems silly that I added the tag but left off the rivets and didn’t bother to straighten my front belt loop. You won’t be able to see the tag since I will won’t wear anything tucked in, but hey it makes me happy 😉 I think topstitching was my absolute favorite part of making these jeans!