Tips for Styling Jeans from 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.
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.
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.