No white after Labor Day, how many times have we heard this? Well, I am not following that ancient rule.
For two reasons....
1. I love white jeans, they go with anything and can go from casual to dressy with a few changes
2. I have had this fabric since June and didn't get my white jeans made!
So let's start with the denim, it is Mood Fabrics' White Denim Blend and the description states cotton/polyester but it feels mostly cotton. Now this fabric has no stretch, so I sewed my side seams with 3/8" seam allowance, giving myself a bit more room. I really like how they feel and the white denim reacts like regular denim with no stretch,but it starts to give a bit while wearing.
I used my Closet Case Ginger Jeans for the fifth time, one of those times is featured on my Mood Sewing Network post last January. That post features most of my pattern changes. And while we are talking about my post in January, how much better is my hair now! Just goes to prove change is good.
If the white denim isn't quite what you are looking for, Mood Fabrics has so many stretch denims. Another fabric, I want to use for these Ginger Jeans is a stretch corduroy. Wouldn't those be perfect for the fall and winter? I really like this geometric print, could I pull that off?
A couple more changes in my jeans, I stitch the top of the waistband with a 1/4" seam allowance, this gives me a wider waistband and my jeans are a higher rise. I have always added 1" to the rise. With this change, I can add 2 snaps for the front closure.
Now where else but a sewing blog, would you show all sides of the jeans in these pictures
Even though there are wrinkles in these picture, I love the fit of my jeans and they are better than any RTW ones I own. Since this denim doesn't have any recovery, the denim grows with normal movement, walking, sitting, bending, etc. Just the nature of the fabric. Here are a couple detail pictures of the topstitching
I am anxious to see how this denim wears during the day. How much stretch happens? With no lycra and recovery, will the jeans look good or bad after a long day? I am hoping good.
Can you tell the time of day by my long shadow? I finished these jeans on Sunday and hurried home for pictures on Monday.
Now back to the jeans and the denim. I did some research on how to wear white jeans for fall the consensus on each article was to pair it with textured tops (fuzzy knits, luxe leathers and wild knits), keeping the top dark to balance the white. I feel my Mood Fabrics' Quilted Black/white Double Face Knit, is the perfect topper for the white jeans into fall look.
This fabric was purchased the same time as the white denim but I knew it wouldn't be made until fall. It is a heavy fabric but wonderful. Mood Fabrics' has several great quilted fabrics for this type of top or use them for a dressy sweatshirt
I went with the boxy top I love, Butterick 6175 a great basic for a trendy and stylish top. I have made it twice before, here from a Mood Fabrics' poplin and a Mood Fabrics' ponte. I am adding those links just to show how versatile the pattern is.
I posted a picture on Instagram to ask for help.....white or black sleeves? As you can tell, the white sleeves won. This is the look I was hoping would win and I needed just a bit of affirmation.
The neckline and sleeves and hem were finished with a very thin black knit from my stash. It was the perfect weight for this finish. I eliminated the hems so there wouldn't be any bulk
I really like my fall look and I am thrilled with my white jeans. Now to be brave and break that rule and wear my white jeans proudly into fall. What about you, what fashion rules do you feel need to be broken?