Baroque Moto Jeans!

Baroque Moto Jeans

Fancy jeans has been a really big trend this season.  And my favorite way to follow a trend and come in under budget, is to sew a garment myself.

Baroque Moto Jeans

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This is Vogue 2973, an out-of-print pattern by Montana from 2007.  Yes, I’m still reaching in the filing cabinet for old patterns. I’ve been intending to sew this pattern since I bought it 5 years ago… but I was always waiting for the perfect fabric for the jacket.

Baroque Moto Jeans

For the pants, I used a black damask printed Italian denim (cotton 85%/polyester 13%/lycra 2%).  When I first ran across this fabric, I knew it had to become a pair of jeans.

Baroque Moto Jeans

While researching reviews of this pattern, I was surprised to see there were only two reviews for the pants.  I thought they were pretty great looking on the envelope which is sometimes a rarity with the pattern companies.  So when I read and reviewed the images, I saw why.  This pattern has an enormous amount of ease.  I wouldn’t want to wear jeans with the type of “relaxed fit” that this pattern would yield IF I’d stuck to my proper measurements.  Which leads me to wonder, why the pattern didn’t produce a garment that looked like the designer sample in the envelope photo?!  Could it be a case of a poorly drafted pattern?
Baroque Moto Jeans

So instead, I cut the size 14.  I still had to sew them and nip/tuck as I went along.  The leg was not originally as tapered as I wanted them to be.  I didn’t want a “skinny” skinny jean… but more of a grown up straight-legged style. For my pants/jeans, I try to keep in mind my hip to leg-opening ratio.  I’m not trying to look like an ice cream cone.  So I based my measurements on favorite pants in my closet.
Baroque Moto Jeans

Even though with the print, you can’t see it, but there is a lot of topstitching and edge stitching.  I felt that gave them a good RTW look… that is when given a close-up inspection.

Baroque Moto Jeans

And I didn’t follow the instruction very much.  I know the order in which I like putting pants together.  Plus, I always use this method for fly-front zipper installation.
Baroque Moto Jeans
My favorite detail of this project was the welt zippers and the topstitching on the waistband.
Baroque Moto Jeans
This is a cool pattern that fit the bill for what I’d envisioned.  But please be warned, this pattern is not for the rank beginner.  It’s for someone that knows how to take the pieces given and modify them into what they actually want.

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Comments


  • Carolyn
    December 19, 2012

    Erica what a cool pair of jeans and I love the welt zipper pocket. A real designer touch!

    • Erica B
      December 19, 2012

      Thanks Carolyn!

  • Cidell
    December 19, 2012

    I’ve been waiting to see these since the preview on Instagram. Awesome pants!

    • Erica B
      December 19, 2012

      Thanks Cidell!

  • Barbara Stone
    December 19, 2012

    Awesome!

    • Erica B
      December 19, 2012

      Thanks Barbara!

  • Mimi G
    December 19, 2012

    I love these and I have that pattern way down on my to sew list and never got to it. I am going to pull it out and make myself some printed jeans. Nice work as always and the zipper welt pockets are TDF

    • Erica B
      December 19, 2012

      Thanks Mimi… you should!

  • Breyan
    December 19, 2012

    Very nice!

    • Erica B
      December 19, 2012

      Thanks Breyan!

  • Amanda S.
    December 19, 2012

    These rock! I lovelovelove the zippered pockets. That fabric is in my “portfolio” but I am surprised to see how muted it is in your pictures. Now I love it even more!

    • Erica B
      December 19, 2012

      Amanda, I was too when I received it. Thanks!

  • Kath Fryia
    December 19, 2012

    Those jeans are fantastic, and so are the shoes.

    • Erica B
      December 19, 2012

      Thanks Kath!

  • Sarah Gunn
    December 20, 2012

    Amazing, Erica! Beautiful fabric and a perfect fit.

    • Erica B
      December 20, 2012

      Thanks Sarah!

  • Ginger
    December 20, 2012

    Wow! These are so cool! I love the pairing of the ornate fabric with the zippers– it gives a bit of an edge to these jeans!

    • Erica B
      December 20, 2012

      Thanks Ginger!

  • anne jewell
    December 27, 2012

    erica, may i just tell you that your pictures look terrific! i love your styling choices and the jeans couldn’t be better!

    • Erica B
      December 28, 2012

      Thanks Anne!

  • Amy
    January 1, 2013

    What fabulous jeans! You’re always so in touch with current trends!

    • Erica B
      January 2, 2013

      Thanks Amy!