Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Made By A Fabricista: I'm a Jean-us Rocking My Birkins and My Ginger Flares!

[Jeans were made for and modeled by my daughter Mori]

I am obsessed with sewing jeans right now! I have been participating in a jean pattern testing for a super cool pattern company and now I can't stop. These two jean projects will make my fourth and fifth pair of jeans in the past two months. Now I am in the process of getting a heavy duty machine that I am going to use just for my denim sewing because the machine I have right now can't handle denim too well especially when I try to use top stitching thread. But I am still perfecting the jeans in the mean time.


For this post I am working with The Birkin Flare pattern by Baste and Gather. I know you have seen these babies all over the internet looking as fabulous as ever. I love these jeans and the pattern was awesome. The only modifications that I had to make was taking 1 inch off the waist on each side. I made size 30 which also had a 30 inch waist and the waist I needed was 28" and I added two inches to the length which allows a 4 inch heel. Mori usually wears skinny jeans so the fact that these were form fitting jeans at the top, they worked out great. I chose this big floral denim that worked out wonderfully.



Pocket and belt loops details. Both pattern instructions tell you to hammer the belt loops to get them flat for sewing and it really works!



A little floral on the inside, just because it's sooo pretty. 






 




 

.......Next up is the Ginger Flare from Closet Case Patterns
 
I know you have seen the original Ginger Skinny jeans all over but Heather Lou added a flare addition to the Ginger jean family. For this pattern I used a size 14 because my denim has no stretch [Whoops is what I said when I realized this] Mori wears a size 12 according to Closet Case patterns. This jean is not as fitted as the Birkins even with the non-stretch denim they were too loose.

I decided to try something with these since I had to take them in from the waist to the knee. I made them super skinny and left the full flare at the knees, which gave us this funky 70's bell bottom look. How cool is that along with this strawberry print? I don't really know how much I took off the sides, I just pinned them on her and took them in. There was no rocket-science explanation to these modifications. I did have to take out the coin pocket and move it over, away from the side seam. But I did not have to move the back pockets. I also added two inches on the length. Sooo let's talk about this fabric. How cute is the strawberries and denim, I knew I wanted to use this the first time that I saw it. I have some leftover that I may use for a matching jacket.




Close-up details are important for jeans and if you have strawberries on the outside why not add them to the inside? I added rivets to the back pockets on this pair. 








There you have it-- my Birkins and my Gingers! Both patterns are easy to follow. The zipper install on the Birkin Flares was the easiest and I will use that installation on all my jeans from now on. I recommend both patterns but if you're looking for a slim fit, the Birkin may be your best bet. I added length to both patterns but I really did not have to add as much as I did, I was just playing it safe. Both Baste and Gather and Closet Case patterns have sew-alongs on their blogs and Heather Lou over at Closet Case even has an e-book on making her Ginger Jeans and it's a must have for a first time denim sewist, it has real pictures for all the steps.

Both denim fabrics washed well and were not too thick for my machine so I was in heaven!

.....until next time Michelle @ ThatblackChic
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26 comments:

  1. Mori is the best dresses daughter around! Though both pairs are great, I love the white floral Birkins because they say spring to me...and I'm soooo ready for spring!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn, yeah that white print is my fav, the strawberries were just super fun! I agree please bring me SPRING!

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  2. Love both pair, and like Carolyn, I am especially loving the white floral Birkins. I'm not quite ready to sew jeans yet, but I will definitely Pinterest these for future reference.

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    1. Ahhh come on Robin, they are NOT that hard to sew at all. The hardest part is making sure the top-stitching is straight and you can just practice on scraps for that. If you've made a pair of pants with a zipper you can make jeans.

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  3. Amazing! I love the fabric of the white ones. I think it's because the floral print is so large. Work!

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    1. Yeah that fabric is pretty dope! Too bad you're on a fabric fast tho!

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  4. They both look HAWT!!! Now I want a big, bold floral denim!

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    1. Thanks! Get it while they got it, I think it's on sale right now!

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    2. I love those white jeans too cute!

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  5. This may be the only thing you've done that I don't like....just kidding! The white ones look like I jacket I wore to death years before I started sewing and I'd love to do a 'suit' in the flared pants and the jacket you posted a while ago. I'm going to copy you-AGAIN!

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    1. Heeeeeeyyy Monica, you got jokes! If you could have seen my bug-eyes you would have been cracking up! So now that I have got myself back together, do your thang and copy away! I am going to make a Flared pantsuit soon.

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  6. beautiful better than store brought your daughter is sew bless to have you sewing for her she have the best designs how did you get the studs on pockets corner

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    1. Thanks Dorothy! The rivets are easy yo add to the jeans, I just used an awl to put the hole in the denim and it's a breeze hammering on the rivets.

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  7. Girl, you slay! You got hotsauce in your bag?

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    1. Ahaay Ronnie, I got a little in there!

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  8. Both look sooo great! I love your fabric choices! Thanks for reviewing my pattern. :) xoxo

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  9. Beautiful! I love the white floral denim!

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  10. Awesome job!!! They look store bought! Where did you get the rivets for the pockets? Are they difficult to use and could you describe how you did it? I've never used rivets and will be sewing myself some jeans. I hope to do a good enough job that I want to actually wear them in public. LOL

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    1. I got my rivets from Joann's and they are not hard at all, just follow the instructions on the package. I used a AWL to poke the holes through the area for the rivets. You can totally make a pair of wearable jeans!

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    2. Thank you for your reply. I'll check out JoAnn's for the rivets. Can't wait to see what you sew next!

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