As I talked about in my last post, I bought some new Freddies of Pinewood jeans to stem the rising panic of "THERE ARE NO PANTS IN THE WORLD THAT FIT ME," and when they arrived… they didn't fit. Instead of having a meltdown right at that moment, I looked at what needed to be done and promptly took them to a tailor. I don't often pay to have things tailored, but in this case I was too close to the emotional edge and lacking in time to attempt them myself. A tailor was a good $10 spent.
These are the Freddies of Pinewood "Ton Up" jeans, and now that they fit I love them. I'm going to wear them again today, in fact. They are made of a thick, sturdy black denim that feels fantastically hardy, and I'm sure these are going to last a long time. Especially compared to the tissue paper-thin jeggings that are sold everywhere nowadays… these Freddies are heavenly.
Though I have worn vintage for a few years now and known about Freddies for a long time, I have never wanted to risk the money. I was afraid of the sizing, as a petite person. I read reviews, checked measurements, all sorts of things, but I never felt comfortable enough to drop the cash on jeans that I wasn't sure would be even remotely near my size. When I saw these jeans were on sale, though, I thought it was time to take the leap of faith. I went with a size 24 regular. (For those of you who may be comparing for your own sizing references, my measurements are 32-24-34" and I have a 12" front rise to my waist. I'm also 5' tall with a 28" inseam.)
These fit well except for the rise. The rise on the 24s was about 1-2" too long for me, so when I first put them on I had a saggy-crotch-tight-on-hips fit that was pretty uncomfortable. However, I had the tailor lower the waistband 1/2" all the way around, and it has helped immensely. At this length, the torso is short enough to line up the apex of the hips on the jeans with my own maximum hip width while not causing discomfort when I bend over or sit down.
The length is extremely long for me, even at a regular, but these are good for cuffs. (I have folded them twice in these pictures.) If I wanted to tuck them into boots as shown on the Freddies site picture, I'd probably hem them significantly to reduce the bulk.
|This is Dietrich singing me the song of his people.|
All in all, if you are petite, I would recommend Freddies with the understanding that you will need to lower the rise and possibly hem the length. Currently Freddies of Pinewood only offers Regular and Long sizing, not petite. Perhaps if you petite friends would kindly pressure them with me they'll offer shorter sizing… :) Teamwork.
The "Ton Up" jeans are currently even more on sale than when I bought them! If you haven't tried them out, now would be a great time to dabble in their sizing with a lower moolah risk. Having now felt the quality of the jeans myself, I would HIGHLY suggest you try it. I've never felt such fantastic jeans!
I've paired them here with a hint of Dot Robinson motorcycle inspiration. Hopefully someday I'll be able to go all out with motorcycle boots, the works, but for right now this is a look I'm loving! Leather is a weakness of mine, and I love the BA, edgier feel a vintage-biker style combo makes.
bakelite earrings: gifted
jeans: Freddies of Pinewood Ton Up jeans
sweater: F21 a few years ago
lipstick: Estee Lauder
leather motorcycle jacket: a store…? (Sorry, can't remember. Some store in Michigan.)
1940s shoes: Etsy
Freddies of Pinewood has not compensated me in any way for this review. I bought the jeans I'm reviewing and hope the sizing and quality information will be helpful to some of you!