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Tips for Styling Jeans from Angela Wolf

From coloring to style, there is a jean style for every day.
Embellish your jeans with zippers or embroidery.
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From coloring to style, there is a jean style for every day.

From coloring to style, there is a jean style for every day.

Photo: Angela Wolf

Jeans are not just for working in the garden anymore. In fact, they have become a staple in our wardrobe. From coloring to style, there is a jean style for every day. ~ Angela Wolf

So what particular styles are in for summer?
• Skinny jeans and jeggings are taking a new look for summer with a shorter, cropped hem. This is a great way to show off your cute shoes, especially if you are into platform sandals.

• Bell jeans are a little different than the traditional bell bottom pant. This season, the waist is higher and the thigh area is tighter. Think of a boot cut jean with a wider hem.

Despite the fashion trends, boot leg cut jean is the most flattering on most figures. This cut narrows at the knee a little and then slightly back out to the hem.

Colored jeans
Using a standard jean pattern, you can add some creativity to your next pair of jeans by sewing them out of some of the summer's hottest colors: orange, fuschia, or royal blue. This takes me right back to my college years when my entire closet was colored jeans. I knew I should have saved some of them! If you really want to ramp up your sewing skills, embroider the outside legs on a pair of white jeans.

Topstitching tips
Sewing jeans can be a little boring, so allow your creative edge to come out when topstitching. Of course you can always use standard jean thread, but consider using 2 or 3 spools of Coats & Clark polyester or mercerized cotton thread (all three spools of thread run through the upper looper and then through the same sewing needle) with a 4.5 stitch length. If you have the triple stitch available on your machine, use one spool of thread and use a stitch length of 4.0. Hammer your seams to enable easier topstitching without skipped stitches or press in the black knob on your sewing machine foot.

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Comments (5)

GeniKnits GeniKnits writes: Cotton Sateen! are you referring to the Red Jeans? Would you say the jeans were easier, more difficult or the same with the cotton sateen vs. denim. Still waiting for my fabric to get my muslin going! :)
Posted: 2:30 am on January 9th

angable angable writes: The black button on the sewing machine foot - when you press it in the foot remains level instead of going up and down when you sew over humps of fabric (or thick seams). Try it sometime, it's pretty slick.
Posted: 4:55 pm on December 7th

angable angable writes: Yes, that is my jean pattern and they are sewn with cotton sateen. Very fun :)
Posted: 4:54 pm on December 7th

nachodog nachodog writes: Could you please elaborate about the "black knob on the foot"? Thank you
Posted: 12:39 pm on November 27th

mousiesews mousiesews writes: Hi Angela,

Love the color! I have yet to find colored denim as I have not been too successful in locating good quality in different colors. Is this your pattern???

Posted: 7:27 am on June 16th

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