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Huge List of Things to Make with Denim Fabric

For the final day of Denim Week, we’ve got a huge list of things to make with Denim Fabric.  If you missed any of the days, here they are:

Day 1: Introduction and Cone Mills Denim Giveaway

Day 2: Giant List of Denim Fabric, Supplies and Resources

Day 3: Giant List of Denim Patterns Classes and Tutorials

Day 4: Denim Details to customize your creation

Huge list of things to make with denim fabric by Skirt Fixation

Since all those days are dedicated to sewing garments with denim fabric, today is everything else you can sew with denim!

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeans

We made this incredible denim quilt!  You can read all about it here.

Senna tote sewn by Skirt Fixation

Another place we love to use denim is for bag making.  Denim makes such sturdy handles for a bag.  This one is the Senna Tote made with Art Gallery Fabrics denim.

 

Denim makes any part of a bag more durable, like these two bags (blogged here.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
That’s it for Denim Week!  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
 

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Denim Details – Ways to make your garment special!

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And now, Day 4 of Denim Week, we get to probably our favorite part of sewing a denim garment…details!  If you’ve taken the time and effort to sew a detailed denim garment, you should absolutely make it special by adding some unique denim details.  We’ve found 7 different areas to add denim details to your garment, and we’ve got loads of examples of ways it’s been done in the sewing community.  Plus we’ve added 2 tutorials and 2 free cut files for you to use if you want on your denim garments!

Denim Details: Ways to make your garment special from Skirt Fixation

Denim Detail #1 Back Pockets:

This is probably the most noticeable way denim garments are personalized!  And, why not?  The back pocket is basically a blank canvas, waiting your design!  We’ve created 2 tutorials for you, a pleated back pocket and a pieced back pocket.

Pleated Pocket Tutorial:

Pleated pocket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Step 1:  Fold, pin and iron horizontal rows of pleats until the pleated section is long enough to fit pocket pattern piece.

Pleated pocket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Step 2:  Topstitch across pleats with topstitching thread

Pleated pocket tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Step 3:  Cut out pattern pocket pieces and attach to back as instructed in pattern.

 

There is a side view where you can see the cool texture the pleating creates.

Pieced Pocket Tutorial:

For this tutorial, we used the smaller size of the Goose Chase pattern by Jeli Quilts.  There are hundreds of paper piecing patterns available, and we can’t wait to use some more!  Be sure to show us if you’re inspired to use a paper pieced quilt pattern on your denim back pockets.

Pieced back pocket design by Skirt Fixation

Step 1:  Use paper piecing template and the front and back of fabric to create design.  We used both sides of the fabric so the finished pocket would have the same color value, just light and dark tones.

Pieced back pocket design by Skirt Fixation

Step 2:  Sew on extra denim to sides and top as needed to expand size of the pieced fabric.

Pieced back pocket design by Skirt Fixation

Step 3:  Cut out pocket.  Cut out another pocket piece from lightweight lining.  Fold the edges of the denim pocket over the lining pocket.  This is to protect the insides of the piecing.  Then, just attach to back as instructed in pattern.

Pieced back pocket design by Skirt Fixation

Funny story: I couldn’t decide if I wanted to topstitch around the flying geese or not, so I tried it to see what it looked like on one pocket.  Which do you like better?  See photos of the finished skirt below to see what I ended up with…

Back pockets from the sewing community:

Here are some amazing examples of back pocket personalization from the sewing community!  Click on each photo to be taken to their creation.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BimtZ5QBpJU/?taken-by=havinsewmuchfun

https://www.instagram.com/p/BKRVosKDRNX/?saved-by=skirtfixation

https://www.instagram.com/p/BSN6eOOg_yt/?saved-by=skirtfixation

 

Denim Details #2 Tags

There are a couple of ways to use tags in your denim creations.  The leather tag on the back waistband is a common element of denim garments.  We have 2 free cut files for the designs we used.

Special tag for denim by Skirt Fixation

For this tag, we used Kraft-tex paper (which is what is often used on ready to wear denim.)  Since the cutout details are quite small and wouldn’t be stitched in place, we used Aleene’s Okay-to-wash-it fabric glue.  We’re happy to report that it’s still just like new after much wearing and several washes!  You can get the FREE cut file project here.

Special tag for denim by Skirt Fixation

For this second tag, we used real leather and created this free cut file.  After cutting it out on our Cricut Maker machine, we simply topstitched it on.

Sandbridge Skirt by Skirt Fixation

You can see what a special, customizes skirt these details make!

Tags from the sewing community:

This first example is a different kind of tag on the inside that’s totally unique and amazing!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BjfWlxKhOD2/?saved-by=skirtfixation

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bjuxay2BBqh/?tagged=ashjeans

Denim Detail #3: Inside pockets, facing and trim

Sandbridge Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Inside the denim garment, there are several fun places to tuck in vibrant fabric!  The pocket lining, the bias trim, the inside of the waistband, and so on.  It’s like a secret smile and a small celebration tucked inside!

Insides from the sewing community:

The preview photo above only shows the awesome back pocket design, but over on Instagram, you can scroll through the photos to see the insides too!

Denim Detail #4: Fabric and Topstitching choices

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The combination of fabric and topstitching fabric makes the garment look so different!  On the Sandbridge Skirt we sewed above, we used contrasting thread.  If we had used white, or a navy contrasting thread, it would look different again.

Sandbridge Skirt by Skirt Fixation

 

When you use contrasting topstitching thread, it really stands out and makes a statement.  Matching topstitching thread results in a totally different look.

Fabric/topstitching combinations from the sewing community:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BVAoJmpgMsc/?saved-by=skirtfixation

https://www.instagram.com/p/BeiM5xAF4o0/?saved-by=skirtfixation

Denim Detail #5: Hardware

Sandbridge Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Yes, installing the hardware can be intimidating.  But it’s worth it!  If you can make an incredibly complex garment from denim, you can install the hardware!  I think it’s scary because this step is the last one, and you’re doing it to the finished garment!  If you mess up…all your hard work and time is wasted, right?  But there are loads of helpful tutorials and videos, and you should always practice (buy enough extra hardware!) first.

Hardware from the sewing community:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BfRaB_1hDxW/?tagged=sandbridgeskirt

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWyi38zB-Kw/?tagged=sandbridgeskirt

Denim Detail #6: Distressing

We don’t have any experience with distressing denim, but we’ve seen it done well.  Here are some helpful tutorials:

How to distress denim from Bernina

Sew Guide how to make your own distressed jeans (15 ways!!!)

Imagine Gnats distressing denim tutorial (photos of different techniques on different denims)

Patterns for Pirates (tips and good advice!)

Distressing denim from the sewing community:

Moje prvni Morgan jeans jsou hotové a jsem z nich nadšená! Moje šicí sebevědomí šlo nahoru stejně jako chuť pustit se do dalšího kousku. Tyhle první jen vzbudily chuť experimentovat s prošíváním a tvarem kapes, a možná velikostí. Třešničkou na dortu je ten barevný vnitřek, který je hlavně pro mě a radost z jejich oblékání. My first #morganjeans are finished! My sewing confidence went up as well as the need for another pair. This first piece only provoked the desire to experiment with the top stitching, pocket shape and maybe with the size as well. The cherry on the top are the colourful insides seen just by me when putting them on. #nofearnewjeans #boyfriendjeans #imakemyownclothes #closetcasepatterns #morganjeans #memadewardrobe #novédžíny #siti #vlastnorucneusito #sijemesinasebe #svadlenka #sijeme #šijemedžíny

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#heyjunehandmade went and did it, again, adding another amazing pattern to the collection! And, I had the pleasure of testing it! *squee* Released 7/20/17! The #SandbridgeSkirt is a casual skirt in two lengths with traditional five-pocket styling, a functional zip fly, belt loops, and contoured waistband in sizes 2 – 22. (Check their blog for a sew-along!) https://www.heyjunehandmade.com/product/sandbridge-skirt/?affiliates=55 Go to fb.me/sewrumba to see more of my work. #heyJune @sewrumba @heyJunehandmade #handmade #sewing #stayathomemom #SAHM #Atlanta #Georgia #crafts #craftaholic #skirts #skirt #PDFPatterns #sewingpatterns #DIY #makeallthethings #sewinglove #happyplace #Ididthis #Imadethis #photography #hobby #sewrumba

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Denim Detail #7: Pattern Hacks

Sandbridge Skirt by Skirt Fixation

I used the Sandbridge Skirt pattern and made it into a maxi skirt.  To do this, I simply grabbed a denim maxi skirt from my closet that I wanted to replicate the shape of.  As I was cutting out my skirt, I extended the length of the skirt starting beneath the pocket bag and angled it gradually out and down.  To get the shape I wanted, I laid the RTW (ready to wear) skirt out on my fabric, and used the angle and length as my pattern from below the pocket bag and down to the hem.  The result is exactly what I was hoping for!

Sandbridge Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Pattern Hacks from the sewing community:

So here’s a fun fact. I am such a terrible blogger that I forgot to hit ‘publish’ on Monday’s Overalls post until yesterday afternoon, so it has become Wednesday’s overalls post, and also here is a photo of me in front of a wall. As you do. Also, swipe for a flatlay complete with succulents. As you do. Anyways: Ginger Jean Dungaree hack now on the blog- for real this time! . . . . @drapersfabrics @closetcase.patterns #gingerjeans #patternhack #closetcasepatterns #overalls #modernmaker #sewcialists #berninanz #madebyme #isew #handmadewardrobe #makersgonnamake #makerlife #sewingblogger #sewingtall #sewnz #sewistsofinstagram #pinkhair #ootd #imakemyownclothes #diywardrobe #sewingaddict #rtwfast2018 #succulents #flatlay #diystyle #youcanhackit

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More Denim Details Inspiration:

We’ve got a Pinterest board dedicated to Denim Details here.

Day 1: Introduction and Cone Mills Denim Giveaway

Day 2: Giant List of Denim Fabric, Supplies and Resources

Day 3: Giant List of Denim Patterns Classes and Tutorials

Denim Week Discount

Right now, the Sandbridge Skirt is the featured pattern over at Hey June Patterns, so use the code “Sandbridge15” to get if for 15% off!

Denim Details: Ways to make your garment special from Skirt Fixation

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Giant List of Denim Patterns, Classes and Tutorials

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Welcome to Day 3 of Denim Week!  Today we cover 55+ patterns, classes and tutorials specifically designed for use with denim fabric.  We’ve grouped them into patterns for women, men, girls, boys, and classes & tutorials.  While there are lots of pattern you can use denim fabric for, we’re only including ones specifically designed for denim.

Be sure to check out Day 1 for the giveaway of Cone Mills denim fabric and patterns that use denim fabric from Closet Case Patterns and Itch to Stitch.  You can find all our tips and resources for denim fabric on Day 2.

Denim Patterns for Women:

Since they are our absolute favorite thing, we’re starting with denim skirt patterns.

Denim Skirt Patterns:

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns

Danube Jean Skirt by Itch to Stitch

Sally Jean Skirt by Style Arc

Kate Skirt by Style Arc

Staple Skirt by Winter Wear Designs

Romeo Denim Skirt by I AM

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Moss Skirt by Grainline Studio

Short denim skirt with yokes by Kommatia Patterns

Rosari Skirt by Pauline Alice 

Leonora Skirt by Colette

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Madeleine Skirt by Victory Patterns

Women’s Jeans Patterns

There are an impressive number of women’s jeans patterns.  Allie Jackson has a nice comparison of some of these here.

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Liana Stretch Jeans by Itch to Stitch

Mountain Pull-On Jeans by Itch to Stitch

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns

Morgan Jeans by Itch to Stitch

Real Deal Jeans by Winter Wear Designs

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Ames Jeans by Cashmerette

The Dauphine Skinny Jeans by Do It Better Yourself Club

Bravado Bootleg and Flood Jeans by Do It Better Yourself Club

Stretch Jeans by Jalie

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Ash Jeans by Megan Nielsen

Jilly Jeans by Style Arc

Several jeans patterns by Angela Kane

Safran by Deer and Doe

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Jamie Jeans by Named

Blakely Stretch Jeans by Style Arc

Starboard Jeans by Papercut Patterns

Otsu Jeans by Papercut Patterns

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Birkin Flares by Baste and Gather

Stretch Skinny Jeans by Mimi G

Scarlett Moto Skinnies Laela Jeyne

Other Women’s Denim Patterns:

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Hampton Jean Jacket by Aline Sewing + Design Co.

Stevie Jean Jacket by Style Arc

Cindy Jeans Jacket by Style Arc

Bryce Cargos by Hey June Patterns

Jenny Trousers and Overall by Closet Case Patterns

Men’s Denim Patterns:

The selection of men’s pattern for use with denim fabric is decidedly smaller.  There are the few we found:

Men’s 4 pocket Jeans by Dongo Designs 

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Free French Jeans pattern

Men’s Jeans by Angela Kane 

Jedediah Pants by Thread Theory 

Children’s Unisex Denim Patterns:

Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy Threads

Baby & Toddler Jeans by Pattern Emporium

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Dakota Denim Jacket by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Skinny Jeans by Peekaboo Pattern Shop

Girl’s Denim Patterns:

Sandy Bay Shorts for girls by Felicity Sewing Patterns

Wren Skinny Jeans by Laela Jeyne

Mini Moto Jeans by Lil Luxe Collection

Phresh Jeggings by Winter Wear Designs

Boys Denim Patterns:

Cpt. Comfort Jeans by Patterns for Pirates

Sk8 Skinnies by Winter Wear Designs

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

Super Tough Jeans by Suco by Susana 

Denim Classes and Tutorials:

Sewing Designer Jeans on Craftsy

Jean-ius (designer jeans) on Craftsy

Sew Your Dream Jeans by Closet Case Patterns Workshops

Sew Your Favorite Jeans by Indiesew

Sewing Jeans by Angela Kane

Mens Jeans sloper and pattern tutorial by Taylor Tailor 

Rub Off your Favorite Jeans by Melly Sews

Denim Pattern Sew Alongs:

Many of the patterns listed above have helpful sew alongs on their blogs with step by step photographs.  They include tons of little tips and tricks, and are definitely worth the time you spend checking them out.

Giant List of denim pattern for women, men, girls, boys, classes and tutorials compiled by Skirt Fixation

That’s it for Day 3 of Denim Week!  If you made it this far, reward yourself by entering the giveaway!

See you tomorrow for denim details…probably the day we’ve been the most excited about!

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Giant List of Denim Fabric, Supplies and Resources

Giant list of denim fabric, supplies and resources compiled by Skirt Fixation

Welcome to Day 2 of Denim Week!  Today we cover denim fabric, supplies, and resources.  We’re excited to share a WHOLE bunch of resources for sewing denim.  Fabrics, supplies, resources, kits, and more.  We had so much fun virtually shopping and putting together this resource for you.  Be sure to check out Day 1: Introduction for the giveaway of Cone Mills denim and patterns!

Online Denim Fabric Sources:

Cone Mills Denim

First of all, a few suggestions for buying denim fabric.  If you’re planning to make a garment that uses denim, it is probably a complex pattern and will take you quite a bit of time and effort.  So it’s important that you use good quality denim.  Buying fabric online can be a very difficult experience because you can’t feel the fabric and check it’s quality and amount of stretch (if any) and drape and so on.  So our top 3 tips for buying fabric online are:

  1. Buy from small fabric shops.  They only have space for good quality fabric, can’t afford to earn a bad reputation from selling poor quality fabric, and are probably run by a fabric lover themselves!
  2. Buy fabric you know is good quality already.  We’ve included denim that falls into this category below.
  3. Request swatches of fabric before buying yardage.  If you don’t know much about the fabric you’re buying, a set of swatches can be your education and ultimately save you a lot of money.

Let’s start with some small shops I highly recommend.

Threadbare Fabrics has a section of their shop called The Denim Store.  You can get really good quality Cone Mills denim and also Japanese denim.  They also sell hardware kits.  Threadbare Fabrics is sponsoring Denim Week by giving away 2 yards of Cone Mills denim.  Enter the giveaway here.

Giant list of denim fabric, supplies and resources compiled by Skirt Fixation

Raspberry Creek Fabrics stocks a few good quality denim fabrics like this gingham denim and stripe denim.

Topstitch has a very nice collection of high quality Cone Mills, Robert Kaufman, and Art Gallery Fabric denim.

Giant list of denim fabric, supplies and resources compiled by Skirt Fixation

CaliFabrics supply of denim is always changing, but we’ve found it to be good quality.  Above is a tribal denim fabric and a selvedge denim.

Moving on to some bigger fabric purveyors, we recommend you buy fabric you know is good quality already, or that you buy swatches first if possible.

Giant list of denim fabric, supplies and resources compiled by Skirt Fixation

Fabric.com has a large selection of denim, but unless you buy a swatch first, it’s safer to stick with denim you know is good quality like the ones pictured above.  Clockwise from top left: Robert Kaufman railroad denim in black, Art Gallery Fabric Canyon Sunset denim, Telio stretch floral denim, Cloud 9 tinted sea glass denim.

Giant list of denim fabric, supplies and resources compiled by Skirt Fixation

Did you know you can buy fabric on Amazon?  It’s true!  However, you can’t buy swatches first, so we recommend you stick to good quality denims like the ones above.  Clockwise from top left: Floral denim (we used this for our 1st Sandbridge Skirt,) Ralph Lauren black denim, Art Gallery Fabric brick denim, Cone Mills denim.

Fabric and supplies all in one shop

Next there are quite a few places that sell both denim fabric and supplies needed for making jeans and jean skirts and other denim patterns.  Several of these bundle the supplies you need together into kits where you get exactly what you need!  A few shops we can confidently recommend are:

Indiesew has both denim fabric and jeans hardware kits.

La Mercerie has Cone Mills denim fabric and jeans hardware kits.

Giant list of denim fabric, supplies and resources compiled by Skirt Fixation

Blackbird Fabrics has denim fabric, kits, thread, rivets, zippers, needles, and the cutest anvil you can imagine!  See everything here.

Imagine Gnats has denim and jean making notions.

Fancy Tiger Crafts has a brick and mortar store, and lots of denim and supplies online too.

Giant list of denim fabric, supplies and resources compiled by Skirt Fixation

Stylemaker Fabrics has a very unique, high-quality selection of denim like the ones shown above.  Clockwise from top left: olive stretch denim, iridescent stretch denim, tropical denim, tomato stretch denim.  They also sell jeans hardware kits.

In-Store Denim Resources

If you’re not ready to buy denim online, most likely if you live in the USA, you can find a JoAnn Fabrics store not too far away.  This is a great option because you can feel the fabric and get an idea about the quality before purchasing.  Here’s a very small collection of denim you can get at JoAnns, both in-store and online.

Giant list of denim fabric, supplies and resources compiled by Skirt Fixation

Clockwise from top left: Pink 10 oz bull denim, 7 oz stretch floral denim, patchwork denim, camo denim.

If you don’t have a JoAnn’s near you, see if your local quilt shop, or other fabric shop has denim in stock.

Denim Hardware kits:

We found several shops that sell only hardware kits, and not fabric.  These are convenient as they have everything you’ll need for your project.  Most of these shops are companies with expert level knowledge about denim and hardware kits, so you can be assured you’re getting good quality.  Here are some we recommend:

Giant list of denim fabric, supplies and resources compiled by Skirt Fixation

Closet Case Patterns sells fly front and button front hardware kits.  They’re sponsoring the denim week giveaway with 1 jean pattern.  (Enter the giveaway here!)

DIBY Club has kits, classes, tutorials, and more resources here.

Stonemountain and Daughter has a patterns, notions, tools and hardware kits here.

Thread Theory has lots of notions, tools and supplies here.

Taylor Tailor has zippers, thread, buttons and rivets here.

Denim Notions:

If you don’t need a full kit, or you only need a few items, you can always buy all the pieces individually.  Here are some necessary supplies:

Denim zippers from Fabric.com

Giant list of denim fabric, supplies and resources compiled by Skirt Fixation

Thread for topstitching and sewing denim seams.

Jeans buttons from JoAnn’s.  Of course you can buy these in store too.

Denim needles are stronger than regular needles, and you can get them here.

Here is a jeans rivet tool kit you will need to install rivets.

International Denim Resources

We realize that most of these resources are in the USA and Canada, so if you’re located outside these 2 countries, we highly recommend checking out this International list by Megan Nielsen here.

That’s it for Day 2 of Denim Week!  If you made it this far, reward yourself by entering the giveaway!

See you tomorow for patterns, classes and tutorials that use denim fabric!

Giant list of denim fabric, supplies and resources compiled by Skirt Fixation

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Denim Week Introduction

Denim Week by Skirt Fixation

Welcome to Denim Week!  This is a super fun week where we’re going to cover everything to do with denim.  There’s a giveaway, discounts, inspiration, tutorials and much more! 

Denim Week by Skirt Fixation

Denim Week Schedule

Monday, June 25: Denim Introduction

Tuesday, June 26: Denim fabric and supplies

Wednesday, June 27: Denim patterns and tutorials

Thursday, June 28: Denim details (Pockets, tags, topstitching, distressing and all the little ways to make your denim garment special!)

Friday, June 29: Other uses for denim

Okay, so let’s get this introduction started!  (The giveaway is located at the end, so be sure to scroll all the way through, it’s a good one!)

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeans

If you’re interested in the history of denim, check out our post here.

Sewing jeans for the 1st time - Skirt Fixation

This post has everything you should know before you start sewing jeans.

Follow Skirtfixation on Pinterest for inspiration

We’ve got a Pinterest board dedicated to Denim Details here.

Denim skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

For this denim week occasion, I’ve sewn myself two new denim skirts!  I’m excited to share them with you in full detail.  (The back side of these are the best part, if I do say so myself!)

Denim skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that sewing with denim usually means a more complex project.  Which, for beginner sewists, can be quite intimidating.  And we admit that it took us quite a few years of sewing before we attempted these advanced type of projects.  So if you love denim, but are not ready to sew your own, we highly recommend these denim skirts from Style J.

Denim Week Discount

Right now, the Sandbridge Skirt is the featured pattern over at Hey June Patterns, so use the code “Sandbridge15” to get if for 15% off!

Denim Week Giveaway

Cone Mills Denim

Currently, Cone Mills denim is the hottest fabric item in the sewing community.  Threadbare Fabrics has some in stock, and is generously offering 2 yard to the winner of this giveaway!

Closet Case patterns is offering a pattern selected by the winner from any of their jeans patterns.  This included the brand new Jenny Trousers and Overalls, the popular Ginger Jeans (in any of the 3 varieties) and the Morgan Jeans.

Itch to Stitch is giving any one pattern from their shop to the winner.  The winner can choose any pattern, but these are the ones that use denim fabric: Danube Jean Skirt, Mountain View Pull-On Jeans, Liana Stretch Jeans, Angelia Shorts, Sequoia Cargos.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

More Denim Details Inspiration:

We’ve got a Pinterest board dedicated to Denim Details here.

Day 1: Introduction and Cone Mills Denim Giveaway

Day 2: Giant List of Denim Fabric, Supplies and Resources

Day 3: Giant List of Denim Patterns Classes and Tutorials

Day 4: Denim Details to customize your creation

Day 5: Other things to make with Denim Fabric

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Red Buy or DIY Denim Skirt

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt by Skirt Fixation

It’s time for another Buy or DIY skirt!  When Hey June Patterns released a denim skirt pattern, we were so excited!  We’ve already sewn our first Sandbridge Skirt, and we’ll be sharing and reviewing it soon, but today we’re going to show you how much you can save with a DIY denim skirt for less!

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt by Skirt Fixation

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt Details:

Frame Le Color Pencil Denim Skirt from Orchard Mile

Fabric Recommendation: Art Gallery Textured Denim Solid Scarlet Brick Fabric

Pattern Recommendation: Hey June Sandbridge Skirt

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt Math:

Frame Le Color Pencil Denim Skirt: $225 retail price.

Fabric needed: 1.5 yards

Pattern: $10

Fabric: $13.98 per yard

Notions: $6.11 denim zipper

$3.07 dungaree button

Total Cost: $40.15 for DIY

Total Savings: $184.85

Buy or DIY Denim Skirt Conclusion

Wow, the DIY wins again!!  Are you seeing a pattern here?  (See what we did there?!)  We are going to grant you that it takes more time to DIY a denim skirt than to buy one.  But you definitely won’t end up with the same satisfaction level!  So now we are totally in the mood to replicate this exact skirt!  Let us know about your great DIY denim skirt, or any DIY skirt savings!

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My First Jeans {Sewing for Boys}

Sewing jeans for the 1st time - Skirt Fixation

I. DID. IT.

 When I started on my sewing adventure, sewing jeans for my boys I was certain I would never be able to sew jeans for my boys.  In fact, it never even crossed my mind, it was such an unattainable goal.  But then I started seeing more and more people in the sewing community sewing jeans.  At first I just stared at these posts in awe.  And then I began to question if I could do something like this too?  Finally, the idea just wouldn’t let me go and I had to try it.  I posted about the whole process on Instagram; if you want behind the scenes sewing info, follow us on Instagram!

Sewing jeans for the 1st time - Skirt Fixation

Like the mad seamstress I am, I couldn’t just sew 1 pair at a time.  I ordered enough denim from CaliFabrics to sew 2 pair of jeans for 2 of my boys.  I contacted one of my sewing friends, Karly from Paisley Roots, who just happens to be a master at sewing jeans and asked for her advice on a pattern.  She suggested the Small Fry Skinny Jeans by Titchy Threads.  For a first time sewist of jeans, this was a perfect pattern!

Sewing jeans for the 1st time - Skirt Fixation

With fabric and pattern in hand, I set out to sew jeans.  You can read all about what I learned in my post on the CaliFabrics blog, So You Think You Want To Sew Jeans?  It’s where I suggest a 1st time sewer of jeans begins.

Sewing jeans for the 1st time - Skirt Fixation

Biggest confession: I didn’t make muslins, and the pair I made for Thomas didn’t work out.  He is not a fan of skinny jeans, and these turned out way too skinny for his liking.  Next time I will adjust the width of the legs to his liking.

Sewing jeans for the 1st time - Skirt Fixation

But not all was lost because I happen to have another sewing friend, Sabra from Sew A Straight Line, who has a very tall skinny son and also has sewed lots of jeans so she can appreciate the amount of effort required to sew jeans.  She posted the above photo on Instagram after she got my package in the mail.

Sewing jeans for the 1st time - Skirt Fixation

Fortunately, the jeans I sewed for my 2 year old son fit great.  (And he’s too little to have a preference about skinny jeans or baggy jeans, so…..)  This pair is actually made from the free size 2T pattern.  So if you’re interested in making jeans and have someone that fits that size, you can try it for free first!

Sewing jeans for the 1st time - Skirt Fixation

This size has patch pockets on the front rather than the standard pockets and coin pocket.  Perfect for small chubby hands.  I did make the traditional pockets and coin pocket on the larger size.  Just so I could try that version too.

Sewing jeans for the 1st time - Skirt Fixation

One amazing thing about sewing jeans is all the topstitching that goes into them.  In a tribute to that, for the back pocket designs, I sewed 3 lines of topstitching across the pockets.  Sort of tongue in cheek, sewing joke.

Sewing jeans for the 1st time - Skirt Fixation

My goal in sewing jeans for my boys was to make them NOT look homemade.  Sort of another funny sewing joke.  Spending hours and hours making something not look like you made it!  But I think I succeeded and the topstitching and hardware play a large part in the not-homemade look.  What do you think?

Sewing jeans for the 1st time - Skirt Fixation

Allegra and the Baby had fun with this photo shoot.  Baby got to hold his long suffering kitty and Allegra just snapped away.  A boy, a barn, a kitty and new jeans.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

Sewing jeans for the 1st time - Skirt Fixation

So what’s the verdict, you ask?  Will I sew jeans again for my boys?  Most likely yes!  I have a great pattern, CaliFabrics has great denim fabric, and I know what sizes to make.  And not make…

Leave me a comment and tell me what a superstar I am for sewing jeans for my boys!

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Denim Quilt made from Old Jeans

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeans

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeansTwo things gave me the final push I needed to finish this denim quilt that has been 10 years in the making: the Refashioner’s Jeanius challenge, and a threat from Mr. Skirt Fixation.
As faithful readers (and good counters) of the Skirt Fixation blog know, I have 4 sons.  Boys wear jeans and wear out jeans often.  Multiply that times 4 boys and you end up with a lot of jeans with holes in the knees.  Which leaves you an item you cannot donate to charity, but which has a lot of good, useable denim left.  Being the thrifty (pack rat?) type, for over 10 years, I’ve been stashing away these old jeans with the intent of using the denim someday.  Well, a few months ago, Mr. Skirt Fixation was digging through the attic and found my tote (okay, fine! TOTES) of old worn out jeans and suggested rather strongly that I use them or get rid of them.  He even offered to do it for me!  So it was time to get busy.

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeansOver the winter, I cut out hundreds of 7 inch squares from the usable parts remaining of the old jeans.  The next step was to sew a light and a dark square together across the diagonal (from corner to corner) with two seams, each one 1/4 inch from the center line.  Then hours were spend cutting them apart down the original diagonal line.  When I began to lose my steam, Thomas, my 10 year old son, got excited about and involved in the process.

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeansThe pile grew and grew and grew.  We needed 224 finished half square triangles (HST).  The finished quilt was intended for my oldest son who is (currently at 16) 6’8” so I was aiming for dimensions near king size.  The finished quilt is 76 x 88, so slightly larger than king size, but my tall son is not complaining!

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeansThe next step was to trim all the denim squares down to 6”.

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeansThe trimmings pile was beautiful in it’s own way and grew to be a mountain!

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeansWhen we finally had all 224 HST made, we looked up different layouts that used a dark and a light 1/2.  My son loved the look of this one, and so the piecing together began.  As I was piecing this, I realized I would never be able to wrestle a quilt this large through my home sewing machine.  The denim makes the quilt quite heavy, and the sheer size of it would be the end of me and probably my machine too!

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeans When the top was finally pieced, we all stood back and admired it for a while.  It was simply gorgeous! Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeansThe next order of business was to choose the quilt backing.  My son decided he wanted a plaid flannel for the backing, and I ordered some flannel buffalo plaid. (affiliate link)

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeansI have a special Aunt who has taught my sister and I a lot about quilting, and it just so happens that she has a long arm quilting business.  She is an AMAZING quilter and walking through her house is like walking through a quilt museum!  And here’s an example of how fantastic she is: she offered to make the quilt sandwich for me!  So I got the fabric, the pieced top, and the batting to her.  We looked over quilting designs, discussing how the junctions where the HST came together on the corners were going to be nearly impossible to quilt through.

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeansWe finally settled on the top design, but later, after careful consideration and planning, with a bunch of her common sense and experience thrown in, she suggested the bottom design.

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeans

We all agreed it ended up much better than the original plan, and she was able to easily avoid the thick joints.

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeansWhen she had finished the quilt and we picked it up, she had another great suggestion.  Folded in half, and lined with flannel, this quilt would make a perfect sleeping bag for my very tall son!  After pondering and pondering on that idea, we decided to keep in open.  He plans to wrap up in it when there’s a situation where he needs a sleeping bag, but he loves it open on his bed too.

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeansYou may be wondering about the Refashioners challenge I mentioned at the beginning of this post?  This summer is the 2nd season of The Refashioners, and the theme is Jeanius.  (Last year was Get Shirty, and you can see how we participated here.) Well, how could we not sew along with a sewing contest that was all about refashioning jeans, when all we had to do was finish this quilt in time to enter?  (If you want to check out the absolutely mind boggling things other refashioners did with denim, click here.)  So all that was left for us to do was to bind the quilt.  Binding a quilt this size and weight by hand seemed too daunting of a task for me, so I turned to my expert, in house hand sewist – Allegra, and within about 2 weeks time she had the task completed!

Denim quilt made by Skirt Fixation from old jeansEveryone is delighted with the finished quilt.  Mr. Skirt Fixation is pleased about the amount of denim used up.  My son is delighted with his new quilt that is not only long enough for him, but rugged enough to last a lifetime.  And I’m inspired to make another one.  Or two.  Just don’t tell Mr. Skirt Fixation I have enough denim still stashed away to make several more!

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Kelly Skirt {All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats}

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

The Kelly Skirt by Megan Nielsen is everything Aria has ever asked for in a skirt!  Today we get to show you the first skirt we’ve made for All The Skirts: Megan Nielsen & Imagine Gnats.

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

The Kelly Skirt is a button front pleated skirt with pockets.  It sits on the natural waist, and has a delicious wide waistband.  The pleats are situated both in the front and the back.  The Kelly Skirt can be made in 5 sizes from XS to XL.  For Aria, we sewed a size M with 5 inches added to end up midi length, like the illustrated pattern.  (I wonder where she gets her height from…)

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

The instructions for the Kelly Skirt are concise and thorough.  At no time were we confused, and we think a beginning sewist looking for a challenge could produce very spiffy results with this pattern!

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

Aria loves those huge scooping pockets!  She’s always been a fan of pockets, the bigger the better.  They have topstitching on the edges, in fact, this skirt has a lot of topstitching everywhere, and that’s one of the things that gives is such a professional looking finish.

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

The fabric we used is La Brea Denim in Indigo from Imagine Gnats and it’s simply divine!  It’s light and airy for summer, but substantial enough not to be too thin.  It washes well and a quick touch of the iron smoothes out any wrinkles.  As I was working with it, I was imagining all the other garments I wanted to sew with it.  So expect to see more of it here in the future!

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

After much debate, we decided to go with the buttons you see pictured on the Kelly Skirt.  Part of our indecision was too many of us in the button row of the fabric store together, and the other part was that there were so many different buttons the looked fantastic with this fabric!

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

Now it’s your turn to get involved with All The Skirts.  Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win $50 to spend at Imagine Gnats and a PDF pattern from Megan Nielsen.

Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim

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Kelly Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation in Indigo Denim
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Penny Pencil Skirt {All The Skirts: SLPco & Phat Quarters}

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

The next skirt we made for All The Skirts: SLPco & Phat Quarters is the Penny Pencil Skirt.  And we found the perfect fabric to sew it with.  Let’s start with a review of the Penny Pencil Skirt pattern.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

The Penny Pencil Skirt can be sewn in 9 sizes from 2T to 12.  There are 4 different styles included in the pattern; Mini, Short Pencil, Long Pencil and Flounce.  We sewed the Long Pencil version.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

This pattern has a rating of beginner.  There are 4 different pocket styles, we made the classic version.  Just the pocket pieces and the flounce have pattern pieces to print, dimension are given for the other pieces.  The instruction are illustrated with photographs.  The back of the wide waistband has several rows of elastic, ensuring a perfect and comfortable fit.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

One little detail we love about the Penny Pencil skirt is how the side seams aren’t really on the sides, but wrapped around the front!  It’s so slimming, and modern, and cute!  Those of us at Skirt Fixation who are larger than a size 12 seriously wish this pattern came in women’s sizes!  It is such a stylish pencil skirt for a girl.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

The Penny Pencil skirt requires woven fabric, and so we went straight for some Art Gallery Fabrics new denim from Phat Quarters.  After much deliberation, we finally chose the Canyon Sunset color.  This is a true, heavyweight denim, much like your favorite jeans are made from.  Or your favorite denim skirt!  So of course we had to do double topstitching on everywhere just like a ready to wear denim skirt.  Again, all of us who didn’t get a skirt made from this luscious fabric have a new item on the wish list!  Oh, and we tucked a little Bari J. fabric inside the pocket too!

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

We posted a photo on Instagram of a whole bunch of other fabrics that coordinate with this Art Gallery Fabrics denim.  But for this outfit, we chose some knit leftover from making this Uptown Downtown Dress to make a new summer top for Annie.  We chose the new Camden Raglan pattern from Hey June Patterns.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

Yep, this is the smaller version of our very favorite top, the Lane Raglan!  And the best thing about it is that Annie is in the smallest size (a 6) so she will get to wear this pattern for a long time (it goes up to size 16!)  And then she can graduate to the Lane Raglan pattern with the rest of us!.  The Camden Raglan is as fantastic as the Lane Raglan.  We made the elbow sleeve, curved hem version.  But we’re excited to try the other versions too.

Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

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Penny Pencil Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation using Art Gallery Fabrics denim from Phat Quarters. A perfect denim skirt for a little girl!

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