Brand Momma Quail Patterns
The Austins are a relaxed fit, straight leg men’s jeans pattern with classic five-pocket styling and lots of attention to detail. They are definitely “dad jeans”, with the loose fit around the hips and waist that my husband loves, and are meant to be worn with a belt. If the intended wearer likes more fitted jeans, you will need to blend sizes or make custom changes to the pattern pieces (there are several links in the instructions to helpful blog posts for this). There is also a chart with the finished garment measurements included in the pattern.
The instructions are fully illustrated and detailed. I have a very easy method for installing a functional fly and have included a link to a blog post with pictures instead of illustrations, if that’s your preference. There are tips for:
- Modifying to shorts
- Using topstitching thread
- Making a muslin
- Distressing the denim
- Adding ready-to-wear-inspired finishes such as rivets and a patch at the back of the waistband.
The pattern pieces are in layers, which means you can print only the size you want and save on ink, and on no-trim pages, which saves time putting the pattern together.
Recommended fabrics: mid-weight fabric, such as denim, corduroy, twill, or duck. Heavy fabrics will create a lot of bulk and a home machine may not be able to handle the layers. You can use the same fabric for the lining, but I like to use a lighter weight fabric like quilting cotton to keeps things from getting too bulky. The lining is used for the inside of the waistband and the front pockets, so it’s a great place to hide a fun novelty fabric!
Requirements are based on 54-60” wide fabric and are given in yards. You may want to get an extra 1/4 yard to compensate for any shrinking in the wash. More may be required for print or stripe matching. Please see the last picture in this listing for the measurement chart.
- Sizes 32 - 38: 1 3/4 yards main fabric
- Sizes 40 - 46: 2 yards main fabric
- All sizes: 1/2 yard lining fabric - 44/45” wide lightweight fabric such as quilting cotton
- 7” - 9” zipper
- Button or snap for the fly. Using a jean button will give a professional finish
- Heavy duty jean needle
- Optional: jean rivets
- Optional: jean thread
- Optional: small scrap of leather or pleather for the tag in back
- Recommended: fray check