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How We Wear It: Aimee's Birkin Flares

By Aimee Elise

I’m Aimee. When I’m not sitting at my sewing machine, I’m most likely working as a microbiologist. I enjoy reading, outdoor adventures, and saying yes to amazing experiences.

How We Wear It | Aimee's Birkin Flares DIY Jeans

Can you ever have too many pairs of jeans? When I was a teenager, I remember telling my mom multiple times of my desire to have a different pair to wear every day of the year. I’ve always loved the different styles and washes, the way a well-loved pair softens over time, and how good it feels when you find a pair that fits your waist, hips, and thighs.

Birkin Flares Sewing Pattern | Baste + Gather

Aimee's Birkin Flares | Indiesew

The Birkin Flares by Baste + Gather had been on my radar for quite some time, but for one reason or another they kept getting bumped down on my sewing list. The ‘70s fashion revival provided a ton of inspiration to get these made before the year was out. Seeing and feeling the 9-oz. Indigo Stretch Denim Allie acquired for the Indiesew Fabric Shop (and its slight slub texture) sealed the deal.

Birkin Flares Back View | Sewing Pattern by Baste + Gather

These were the third pair of jeans I’ve made, so I felt confident going in and I had the benefit of knowing what adjustments I needed to make. I always grade up one or two sizes around my hips and then go back down through the thighs. I prefer my flares to be fitted through the knee and a little bit of my calf and then start to flare, so I adjusted the pattern accordingly. I usually shorten the crotch curve which helps eliminate some of the wrinkles around the crotch area. I’ve noticed that this pair tends to accumulate more wrinkles the longer I wear them.

My favorite details of these jeans are all on the back. I love the tiny scrap of leather I sewed on the waistband at the last minute to give them a ready-to-wear look. I also spent some time customizing the pockets, and while three diagonal lines aren’t extraordinary, I find that it makes this pair look finished.

DIY Jeans | Customized Back Pockets

The Birkin Flares are high-waisted and I’ve found I like wearing them with cropped, slouchy, or even boxy sweaters and shirts. I like the contrast between the loose boxy shape of a top with the slim fitting and curvy look of these jeans. I’ve also found myself pairing them with button downs and regular length T-shirts, but either way I choose to style them I find them flattering both in shape and feel.

The start of the year is the perfect time to try new things, push yourself outside of your comfort zone, and see what sticks. If you’ve been wanting to make a pair of jeans, I wholeheartedly recommend this pattern!

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