After getting to participate in Lauren of Baste and Gather’s tester group for the Birkin Flares I was asked to help pattern test her sister jeans to the Birkin Flares…the Kendall Skinnies! I was waiting to post about these once the pattern released but Lauren decided to hold off on any future release date after trouble shooting some leg twisting some of ladies were having and not being able to find a universal solution. I really admire that she was commited to an excellent product even to the point of not releasing a pattern that didn’t hold up to her standard of excellence. However, I still want to blog about mine because I LOVE them 🙂 I did not have any problems at all with leg twisting, maybe it was the little tweaks I made in grading the size down in the legs for my
chicken legs small calves or shortening the back yoke just slightly to account for my lack of assets in the back 😉 Either way I am happy to say that my jeans came out the most perfect fit! So much so that I even made a second pair in black denim. (Hopefully I can share some more professional pictures of those soon)
These jeans are a highwaisted slim legged jean that I graded down in size a little extra to achieve a skinny leg fit. The instructions were the same as the Birkin Flares, and since I had already made those the pattern was so quick. I cut, basted, and sewed them up in about 4 hours total! I later added my rivets and button, but of course I was wearing them around before I had those things finished. If you are wanting to try making your own jeans I recommend starting with the Birkin Flares. I made a pair of straight leg jeans just tracing off some ready to wear once but I would not recommend starting with that unless you have already made jeans before. There are lots of helpful tips she includes in her pattern that I really appreciated. My favorite part of making my own jeans is adding fun pockets that always make me smile when I get dressed.