Two years ago, Melissa at Melly Sews and I hosted a month-long jean sew along. We thought it was time for a follow up. Along with Baste + Gather, Closet Case Files, Pacific Blue Denims, and Stone Mountain & Daughter Fabrics, we proudly present…
Melissa and I happened to be in the same place for a few days a while ago, and were able to coordinate an us-sewn jeans photo shoot.
We decided to focus on two fantastic patterns that have been released since we posted our last jeans-sewing series, the Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Files and the Birkin Flares by Baste + Gather. Both flare-cut jeans. Melissa has the details on her Ginger Jeans HERE.
I got to sew the Birkin Flares by Baste + Gather
Lauren, owner and designer behind Baste + Gather, is some kind of bum-sculpting genius (or, should I say jean-ius? heh) I have never achieved a fit in the bum so nice as the Birkins. The pattern piece for the back looks kind of funky, and it’s all because of the butt. It pulls everything in and up. I wish I could figure out how to Frankenstein that funky back into all my jeans patterns!
The pattern instructions are clear and include some really great tips. I also love all the professional details on the Birkins. Note that leather patch at the back waistband? All part of the pattern. The finish of the waistband inside is also very nice. It’s super smooth and clean inside and out.
The only problem I ran into with the Birkins was of my own doing. I messed up when cutting out one of the legs, and didn’t have enough fabric left over to do a second cut. Time was running out if I was going to sew the jeans in time to meet up with Melissa for our photo shoot, and I didn’t have time to order more quality stretch denim. I ended up running to a local fabric store and found some slub denim. I LOVED the look and texture of the slub denim, and didn’t even think about the stretch of it. Or lack of stretch. This stuff has virtually no give. I cut out the same as I had when I was using stretch denim, giving myself no extra ease in the hips. And it shows. The fabric pulls and puckers in unfortunate ways in the front. Super frustrating.
At least the bum has no issues. I may just have to walk everywhere backwards.
I really need to revisit this pattern with better suited fabric, because I absolutely love everything about them, other than my lame-O mistake.
Lucky for you, over the course of this week, in our Jean-ius series, Melissa and I will cover how to pick the right denim for your jeans, as well as how to address some fitting issues, and distressing/fading your jeans. We’ll top it all off with a fantastic giveaway to get you rolling on becoming a sewing jean-ius.