Baste + Gather Birkin Flares (and a bonus Lark Tee)

Hello!  More jeans, yay!!  I love sewing jeans.  I have been wanting to make some flares for a while, so when my friend Lauren from Baste + Gather told me she was working on a pattern for flared jeans I was super excited.  I didn’t wait for the final pattern and made them up during the testing phase….DSC_0382So this is the fit of the original pattern- and although Lauren put a lot of work into perfecting the pattern after these were made, I still think these turned out pretty great! DSC_0381 For the final version of the pattern she tweaked the fit of the waistband, and reduced the length of the front crotch/rise.  I have a few wrinkles in the front, but honestly it doesn’t bother me at all- I think it is more noticeable in the photos than in real life.  But the bit that she took out in that area would fix it.  DSC_0429 I made a few style changes- I wanted a little more dressy, trouser style look.  I removed the yoke in the back and replaced it with darts, changed the shape of the back pockets, and did welt pockets in the front.   I also did a 2 1/2 hem on the legs.  I want to make another pair with the final version of the pattern, and all of the traditional jeans styling.  I finally cut into my Cone Mills S-Gene denim and holy wow- it is amazing!  I’ll use it for all of my jeans from now on.  It is available from Katie at Threadbare Fabrics, and occasionally from Heather at Closet Case Files.DSC_0395 I was super impressed all around with the pattern- the instructions are really great and so detailed, I can’t even imagine all the hours that went into writing them up.  I have made several pairs of jeans, but was still surprised to learn some new techniques!  I especially like her method for attaching the waistband, it is probably the neatest, nicest looking jeans waistband I have done so far.DSC_0401 I have hand stitched the buttonhole on all of my jeans, and I really like doing it.  I can say also from experience that these buttonholes hold up really well with lots of wear!  I find it to be a nice little meditative step at the end of my jeans sewing.  I use Gutermann Agreman gimp to reinforce the hole, and my regular topstitching thread to sew the actual buttonhole.  I use this tutorial and it is fantastic!!Birkin collageThe tee shirt is my first (of what will be many, I’m sure!) Grainline Lark Tee…as you would expect this is a great pattern, and really is the perfect tee.  I sized up one size from my measurements because I am liking my tees to be a little less fitted these days.  It was my first v-neck ever but I am really happy with how it turned out.  I added twill tape along the neck/shoulder seams and love how it makes the shirt look a little more professional.  I also took 2 inches off the length as it is pretty long- sorry I didn’t get a good shot of the length untucked but you can see a better view in my Instagram photo here.
lark collageDSC_0379 These jeans make me feel pretty cool and stylish, and they are also super comfortable!  I am so glad to add these to my wardrobe.  Lauren is also working on a skinny leg version, and you can bet I’ll be making those up soon.DSC_042512309923_503722366469062_6615282790748570728_oIf you want to try out the pattern for yourself you can visit Baste + Gather and use the code “birkinrelease” for $2 off until this Sunday, Dec. 13th (11:59 PST).  Sewing jeans is fun!!

***DISCLAIMER:  Lauren is a friend of mine and gave me the pattern to try out- but I think you guys know by now I am always honest in my reviews/opinions :)  No other promotional consideration has been given, I just honestly think it’s a great pattern!