Winter White and Indigo Blue: a Men’s Jeans Journey
Readers, you CAN wear white in winter — and if you’re willing to risk the odd splash, you can even wear it in the slushy snow!
This month I decided to make myself jeans. I’d purchased some pants-weight cotton twill in white at Mood Fabrics’ New York store this winter, along with a sturdy indigo cotton denim. (You can find similar white twill at Mood Fabrics here and a broad selection of cotton denim is available here.)
I used Kwik Sew 3504, an in-print men’s jeans pattern which I’d tried a few times before with good results.
While I topstitched my white jeans with white thread, I chose a combination of gold and blue for my blue jeans to liven things up. I like the result a lot.
Making these jeans was very straightforward; I mostly just followed the Kwik Sew instructions. But on my blue jeans I attached jeans rivets (not included in the pattern). The ones I used have an antique nickel finish. I think they add a professional touch, though a simple bartack will do just as well. The rivets weren’t difficult to install: a hammer, a nail, and some some self-fabric spacers are all you need. I think I’ll be adding them to my jeans from now on.
If you sew, you may already know that when people discover you make your own blue jeans, their mouths often drop in amazement. It’s very flattering!
I styled my jeans similarly: light on top, dark on bottom/dark on top, light on bottom. Do dark pants make a person look taller? I can never figure that one out…
Once I get into a pants-making period, I find it hard to stop. Making pants is very satisfying and, since I basically live in jeans, practical too.
Thanks for reading and see you next month!