I’ve always been drawn to fabrics that have a metallic sheen.
But it wasn’t until I found this Ralph Lauren metallic denim — the end of a bolt — at Mood Fabrics in New York City that I decided to take the plunge. (While my fabric is unavailable online, this silver stretch faux leather seems like a good alternative).
To make these jeans, I used my self-drafted jeans sloper and added elements like pockets and waistband from Kwik Sew 3504. Since this fabric has Lycra in it, I did a little tweaking along the way. I knew I wanted these to be snug fitting, and the stretch element allowed me to make them snugger than I normally would.
The one thing about this fabric, which is basically lightweight white cotton denim twill with a silver coating, is that it doesn’t hold a crease very well, and it has a lot of lateral stretch, which made the fabric more challenging to handle. (I didn’t dare iron it since I didn’t want to damage the silver surface.) Rather than make traditional flat-felled seams, I made faux ones by serging the seam allowance and topstitching it down from the right side of the fabric at approximately 1/4″ from the original seam. You’d never know the difference and the seams are very sturdy. (My thread is an off-white poly.)
Rather than add a jeans button, I installed a metal gripper snap to the waistband, something I’ve seen on leather pants and a perfect match.
I didn’t expect to love these jeans as much as I do. The fabric is sturdy and luxurious-looking. They really catch the light and are comfortable to wear. Silver jeans are not hard to coordinate with other clothes: anything you would wear with white or light gray you can wear with these. (I’ve styled it here with my cotton suit jacket from July, 2014.)
I’m excited to have some new party pants for the upcoming holiday season!
Are you ready to take the metallic plunge?
Thanks for reading!