White Denim Jeans with Boxy Quilted Top

 

Mood Fabrics' quilted knit made into a boxy top and Mood Fabrics' white denim jeans

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.

Mood Fabrics' quilted knit made into a boxy top and Mood Fabrics' white denim jeans

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.

Mood Fabrics' white denim using Ginger Jeans pattern

Now where else but a sewing blog, would you show all sides of the jeans in these pictures

Mood Fabrics' white denim using Ginger Jeans pattern - side view

Mood Fabrics' white denim using Ginger Jeans pattern

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

back pockets

zipper

Can you tell the time of day by my long shadow?

Mood Fabrics' quilted knit made into a boxy top and Mood Fabrics' white denim jeans

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

 

Mood Fabrics' quilted knit made into a boxy top

 

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.

Mood Fabrics' quilted knit made into a boxy top

 

I posted a picture on Instagram to help me to decide if all black top or use the white (reverse) side for the 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

Mood Fabrics' quilted knit made into a boxy top

 

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?

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Comments


  • Erica Bunker
    October 20, 2015

    I’ve been debating on whether or not I should make this jeans pattern. Out of all things, jeans fit me fine from RTW. But I love the way yours turned out. I think I’m going to buy it! I love your entire outfit!

    • Lori
      October 26, 2015

      Erica, I really love this pair of jeans, now that I have gotten the fit so good. I still have a terrible time finding jeans long enough. You can find talls in some jeans, so that helps.

  • Peter
    October 20, 2015

    The jeans look great — I have white jeans and am still wearing them, post-Labor Day or no. I love the way you used the reverse of the quilted fabric for your sleeves: love the cool combo of black and white!

    • Lori
      October 26, 2015

      thanks, Peter, I do better with not all black (just like your recent post), the white sleeves helps to brighten the outfit a bit.

  • Sallie
    October 21, 2015

    I love wearing white jeans year round! Winter fashions always feel so heavy and dark to me, it’s a great way to lighten things up! Love your gingers – you’ve perfected your fit! And I’ve had my eye on that quilted fabric too, I love that it’s reversible, and I think the black stitching on the white looks so cool! Great top Lori!

    • Lori
      October 26, 2015

      Thanks, Sallie, better grab that fabric, I think it is getting low.

  • Manju
    October 22, 2015

    Fabulous fit and look Lori. Very classy.

    • Lori
      October 26, 2015

      Thank you Manju

  • Diary of a Chainstitcher
    October 24, 2015

    I love the idea of some corduroy Gingers! These are beautifully made and the fit is fantastic Lori! I really must get on with mine

    • Lori
      October 28, 2015

      Thanks, you do need to make yours, you will love them.