“Inspired by the style of 1970s fashion icon Jane Birkin, the Birkin Flares feature a high waist, trim fit to the knees and a fashion-forward, flared leg. The Birkin Flares work wonders on all figures and make even the puniest of bottoms look fantastic (ask me how I know!).” -Lauren Dahl
I recently had the opportunity to test out an amazing pattern that sewcialist Lauren Dahl of Baste & Gather created and guys, I have to say, these are officially my favorite pair of pants. The fit on them is fantabulous!
I don’t know about y’all, but it’s so hard for me to get a great fit on pants because I have a curvy, hourglass body and if they fit me in the hips they always, always, gape at the waist, or if they fit at the waist, then they are loose in the hips and legs. Well, these babies fit like a glove. Hooray! The best part of these? They fit both the slim and the curvy bodies like a second skin. Don’t take my word for it, check out all the other photos by searching the hashtag #BirkinFlares on Instagram.These babies are made for waist sizes 24″-35″ and so that y’all can compare fit, I made size 32. My measurements are waist 32/33″ and my hips are 42″. The high waist sit about an inch above my belly button and because they fit snug against my body they hold in my lower “mama” belly I still have from baby number two. This pattern is recommended for intermediate sewers, but trust me, Lauren’s instructions guide you through each step seamlessly and even if you have never sewn a pair of jeans, this pattern is worth the try because it’s so good. You won’t regret it. Plus, jeans are easy!For my pants I used a stretch denim with a velvet print on it that I found at Joann’s and used regular black thread for the whole thing. I didn’t go out and buy topstitching thread, although you can if you want, because the print on these babies were enough detail already. I also decided to nix the rivets because both the gold and silver ones just didn’t go with my print. I wanted the fabric to be the focal point, besides the amazing fit. I was able to find everything I needed at Joann’s but you can certainly get them online if you wanted to for a much cheaper price. I’d say the total cost for these pants was about $30 and they fit better than my designer jeans! The fabric cost about $25, the zipper was a few dollars, and I already had thread and buttons, so there you go, $30.
If you get a chance, check out Lauren’s post on her blog HERE and shop for them HERE. Oh, and guess what? Lauren has graciously given $2 off the pattern when they use the code BIRKINRELEASE at checkout. All other patterns in her shop are 50% off and the codes end at 11:59pm PST on Sunday, December 13. Make sure you go and buy the pattern because it’s amazeballs.
Hope you guys love this pattern as much as I do. Let me know if you do buy it, I’d love to see them when you’re done! WANT MORE OF RLD? Check out the Reyna Lay Designs website at reynalay.com and find me on Etsy, Instagram, Twitter, & YouTube at the handle @reynalay. Like my page on Facebook, Reyna Lay Designs and join my group, The Reyna Lay Designs Group to get my next sewing pattern for FREE!
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