Dot Robinson & a Freddies of Pinewood Jeans Review

Flashback Summer: Dot Robinson & a Freddies of Pinewood Jeans Review

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.

Flashback Summer: Dot Robinson & a Freddies of Pinewood Jeans Review

Flashback Summer: Dot Robinson & a Freddies of Pinewood Jeans Review

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.  

Flashback Summer: Dot Robinson & a Freddies of Pinewood Jeans Review

Flashback Summer: Dot Robinson & a Freddies of Pinewood Jeans Review
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!

Flashback Summer: Dot Robinson & a Freddies of Pinewood Jeans Review

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.

Outfit Details
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!


  1. Your jeans look awesome. I have a couple of pairs of Freddies and I love them. One pair I bought fit perfectly, then I went for the cigarette style and had the same problem as you but I haven't worn them because of it. This is great that your tailor was able to fix your problem. I just recently went to my tailor to put in a side zipper on a rayon dress because I was afraid too. Of course, they messed it up and put in an exposed side zipper so now I have to double figure out how to correct it myself. I just have it in the other room where I try not to think about it :)) You look great in your new Freddies :))

  2. Ok, now I am considering buying a pair of these as well. They look great!

  3. Welcome to "team Freddies", dear Emileigh! It's fantastic that you were able to get these classic beauties tailored to work for you. I'm 5'2" with a 28" inseam as well and have to cuff or hem all my Freddies as well (to date I haven't run into issues with crotch fit though).

    ♥ Jessica

  4. Boughten or made by me I have an issue with pants but I think I'm slowly figuring it out. I'm short waisted so put on a pair of high waisted pants and I look like I cut myself in half took out a chunk and plopped my top half back on with no waist. Put on a pair of low rise pants and I'm more proportionate looking but my backside tends to peek out when I bend over. So what I think I want is high waisted pants or skirts with jackets then everything would be covered to my liking. I think.
    I do like your jeans and have looked at them longingly but for the reasons above I just can't take that plunge. Buying clothes online always has me worried though, what it looks like in pictures and then on me have always been two totally different things.

  5. Glad your Freddies got sorted out so that they fit you Emileigh! I love my Freddies, and I think they really work well for a variety of jean-necessary days, so it's great to see that you can also fill that gap in your wardrobe. ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  6. Tailoring is so very important, it makes a huge difference to how our clothes make us feel. I'm glad you managed to get your jeans just as you would like.

  7. I want some Freddies but waiting until I lose weight so I can hopefully wear them for a very long time. I should maybe find someone that can tailor things for me first because jeans rarely fit me properly either.

  8. You look smashing in your Freddies! I've always been nervous to take the plunge because my backside is so much wider than my waist, I'd probably need to order up a few sizes and then go and have the waist taken back in!

  9. This look fabulous, and I am pleased to hear you had a good encounter with the tailor and it only cost $10! I also love the look of vintage biker chicks! And Dot is a great inspiration!


  10. I'm so glad someone else had the same rise issues as me with Freddies!! Mine were honestly restricting my ribcage from expanding, it was so uncomfortable. I didn't even realise that you could get this kind of thing so easily adjusted though - and as the jeans were so expensive I sent them back. This is so useful to know for the future. Also, you look fab! CC x

    1. And I'm glad to know someone else with the same issues, too! I only knew about lowering the rise because I've made my own pants before, and I figured that was the issue. It gets tricky if you have to lower it more than 1/2-1", but if that's all you need, you should be good to go!
      And thank you! I'm glad I found your blog!