Denim on Denim!

12:00 AM


So, I'm continuing on my jeans roll.  As you know, I'm all about wardrobe-building.  And everyone woman needs substantial basics in her closet.  In mine, I'm filling the hole of denim.  Almost all of my jeans are too big.  I've been altering like crazy and I hate altering anything.  I'd rather make it from scratch.  There is only so much space in the back for darting and taking in.  So it was time for new ones.  Sure, I can buy jeans... I've never had a problem fitting RTW jeans.  The GAP has always been my go to sources for jeans, because I can always order tall lengths from their website.  But I enjoy sewing.  It's my time and it relaxes me.  So why not make a couple of pairs?  I'm going to sew anyway, so I may as well make something that I truly need and will wear plenty.
This is a revised edition of the Kendall Skinnies from Baste + Gather's test pattern.  On the previous pair, I took in the leg opening.  On her revised pattern, she contoured the entire leg, and the leg opening is still my preferred 11.25".  And as you can see, it's pretty fitted.  I've also been testing out different weights of denim, to see which ones work for me and will be easily accessible for purchase.  This is a 7oz Poly Cotton Denim from Joanns.  I love the weight of this denim, but it would've been perfect had it had more lycra.  So, I feel like I'm on the right track for MY perfect denim weight.
I cut the same size 31, but this time I added 3 inches to the length.  I like a little bit of "pooling" around the ankle of skinny and straight leg jeans.  Jean making is cool.  And I'm looking to "perfect" a pattern for ME.  Let's pause... see, my version of what's perfect for ME does NOT have to align with what you think is perfect.  "Perfect fit" is subjective and completely personal.  It's synonymous with how one seasons their food.  I don't have to wear it or eat it!  Moving right along...  I'll probably make a couple of more pairs in the next months.  I definitely want to make a pair of white skinny jeans.
Styling tips:  I love a denim-on-denim look.  Also known as a "Canadian Tuxedo".  My favorite denim shirt seemed to have accidentally been packed in Mikaela's bags and now lives in her college suite.  So, I decided to just replace mine with this awesome one from Shein.com.  The Blue Lapel Pockets Buttons Denim Blouse is a perfect RTW wardrobe addition.  It's such a versatile piece that practically goes with everything, and it shall be worn to shreds!
I also love leopard print and I added my J. Crew ponyhair leopard print belt.  Because in my world, leopard print is a neutral.  And since it's the holiday season, why not look festive with a pair of gold Steve Madden glitter pumps.

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16 comments

  1. The jeans look fabulous on you. I like that you added the inches to length. Also, your denim on denim look is perfect!

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    1. For wear with regular shoes and not boots, this is my perfect length. Thanks!

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  2. " Let's pause... see, my version of what's perfect for ME does NOT have to align with what you think is perfect. "

    I mean...RIGHT?!?!

    You look damn good in those jeans; but you knew that already!

    Oh my gosh, my favorite denim shirt is on it's way to Orlando with a certain 17 year old. I don't get it! :-p

    I'm glad I didn't put together v1 of the Kendall's...I'll reprint the revised. I have a pale grey denim that's just waiting for my Christmas vacation break! So excited!!!

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    1. Aaahhh... teenage girls, and how they love to shop our closets! Thanks Kisha!

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    2. its a huge compliment that they do! it means we're old but we have style!!
      I know this is a reply but I will start using the term "canadian tuxedo" going forward when I do this.

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    3. It's nice to know that they still think you're cool and so are your clothes! Thanks Nylse!

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  3. HA! nevermind LOL
    You look great!

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  4. What are you looking for in the "perfect pair"? What changes in these would make them perfect for you?

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    1. I like the fit of these, but for comfort's sake, they need more Lycra for such a a close fit.

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    2. ahhh ok. I think these look amazing. I bought the birkins, so I'm gonna see how they fit before I splurge for the kendalls. Hopefully they won't take as much work as I had to put in for the Ginger Jeans.

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    3. I can't wait to see yours. I plan to make more of those too.

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  5. Another great looking pair of jeans! I love the denim on denim look you are wearing, I am going to try it myself.

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    1. Thanks Levone, this is going to be a great pattern to have!

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  6. That leopard belt looks great with the outfit. Great job on the denim!

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