Low rise jeans are not new on the fashion front. "Hipsters" in the
1970's were very popular. Fashion trends come and go and then they
The cost of designer denim has gone up with popularity. In some cases you spend $150.00 and up.
What ever your life style, most people own more than a few pairs. This can really add up.
Low cut at the waist, doesn't mean your underwear have to show when you bend over. I am talking about a stylish 1" below the belly button, instead of the "mom jeans" that fit a good 2" above the belly button.
Nothing wrong with high rise jeans, in fact they are back in style with the younger crowd, but if you are looking to be little more current in your jeans style then a lower rise is available in a sewing pattern.
Make your own jeans? Yes you can. Pattern companies are offering contemporary styles for all types of clothing, including jeans.
Below are links where you can see what patterns for low rise jeans are available.
sewing patterns are straight forward. Take it slow if you are just
learning to sew but I encourage you to try, you never know you may get
hooked, and think of the money you would save when you find a pattern
for low rise jeans you have made your self.
Choosing the correct denim fabric makes a big difference with how your jeans turn out.
Pay attention to the gauge of the denim you purchase. A pair of jeans should be made from a quality medium to heavy gauge denim.
wash your denim fabric at least twice. This will help to soften the
fabric and gift a more "worn in" look.
I don't know about you, but when my
jeans have a little bit of Lycra mixed in the fibers, the comfort is
much nicer. Keep in mind though, when you are sewing your jeans, the
Lycra will give stretch, and you may have to adjust the size.
Denim requires a different type of machine needle and thread for top stitching and sewing your seams. Below are some example of the type of thread you would use, as well as the needles.
The top stitching thread is heavy gauge. You may recognize the color is similar to the stitching on your store bought jeans. there are other colors in case you don't want contrasting stitches.
Using the correct needles for your sewing project is very important. You will save yourself a lot of frustration and time by using the correct sewing machine needle.
In the case of sewing denim you would use Schmetz brand sewing needles. The Schmetz company has been around since the 1850's I rarely use anything else. The only other option I suggest are machine needles that Singer or Janome has manufactured.
How you embellish your jeans, if you choose to embellish them, can give a unique look to your pair of jeans.
Find ideas from jeans online. Search for your favorite name brand jeans and see how the designer label is embellishing them.
The images below are examples of how stitching and embellishments add interest to a pair of jeans, making your jeans unique.
You can find studs, and gems and other embellishments in your local fabric store or you can shop online. Try Joann.com or Amazon.com. There are some really great online stores that sell crystals and other embellishments, often cheaper than in the retail stores.
Good luck and happy sewing!