A few days later, I had an email to ask me if I still wanted to test the pattern, I hesitated for a few minutes before excitedly and nervously accepting and less than a week later, amongst normal Mummy of two life, here are my jeans!
For starters, I used a 4% lycra denim which is more than the 2% content the pattern required and printed out the pattern. Luckily my measurements fitted the size 25 perfectly in all but length. The pattern is made with a generous 34" inside leg measurement which will be sufficient for most ladies even in heels. As I normally only wear flats, I needed to take 10cm out of the length, this is done over 2 separate places to try and keep the correct shaping and proportion. Due to needing to take so much out, the finished inseams twisted slightly to the front on the finished jeans, I actually quite like this as a feature but will look at adjusting the pattern pieces slightly different for my next pair. Once the pattern was adjusted, I cut all the pieces using less than 2 metres of fabric!
The pattern gives you your own freedom when it comes to pocket design, I chose to leave this pair with plain back pockets but your imagination is the only limitation on those! For my next pair, I'm planing to embroider the pocket with the top stitching thread and add a leather patch (if I can source some!) with a continuation of the pocket design for a truly unique pair of jeans.
I really love these jeans and have plans for several more pairs in the near future, in fact, I have pattern pieces to test a skinny version sat on my printer right now so keep watching for details of those soon!
The pattern is on sale now with $2 off with the code 'birkinrelease' and the rest of the store has 50% off to celebrate the release too. Sale ends midnight PST on 13th December.
If you make a pair, I'd love to see a photo!
Jeans Pattern: Birkin Flares
Top Pattern: Watch this space ;)