GUYS. My sewing maching and I have tried some pretty crazy things over the years but sewing my own JEANS?? I honestly can’t say I’ve ever been tempted before (despite the fact that I can’t ever find jeans to fit my voluptuous bottom for less than $200 and heaven knows I’ve never spent that.) That is, until Lauren from Baste + Gather (and the creator of this amazing pattern design course I highly recommend!) came out with her Birkin flare leg jeans pattern.
ALL the tester pics were incredible – sewists from all skill levels and with all body sizes were banging these things out and they all looked amazing! These things are like the jeans from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants! That’s all my mom-body needed to see to talk myself into buying the pattern.
I absolutely give them a two hearty thumbs up! Honestly, denim really is nothing to be afraid of. The only semi-scary part for me was the rivets and button installation, but Lauren nails those in her instructions. She even has a video showing you how to do them both.
The pattern includes sourcing denim, thread and hardware, including recommendations for the amount of stretch your denim should have. I was very happy with the supplies I bought (all from stores she suggested) and I’m so happy with how these turned out!
My only real goof was making a muslin out of fabric without quite as much stretch as the denim (I hadn’t received the denim in the mail yet so I couldn’t compare). I made my usual size 29 and then got all depressed when the muslin was skin tight and wouldn’t even zip. Once the denim arrived though, I was (pretty) sure it would work out in my regular size so I just went for it! The negative ease in the hips and waist (along with the higher rise!) was flattering, comfortable and held in all my post-babies squishy bits.
I did shorten the legs quite a bit as well; I can NEVER find flares short enough for me! Lastly, I should mention cost: I think my total in supplies came to just over $50. Not too bad for a cutom-made pair of quality denim.
The tricks in fitting my bottom half at this stage in life include muscular thighs, sway back and some extra poundage on the hips, but these fit amazingly well. The only change I’d make next time around is probably taking in a bit from the back of the waistband, since there was still a small amount of gaping for me. But after wearing them several times I can say that they stay in place, are amazingly comfy and are the first pair of jeans Luke likes on me since skinnies came on the scene!
Intrigued?? Just TRY them! I promise you can do it!