I’m not sure why I suddenly became obsessed with making my own DIY embroidered jeans. Who knows where these weird creative urges come from? They are artistic seizures which dominate my brain until I’m forced into submission to actualize the piece and then quickly move onto my next compulsion.
I picked up some jeans from the thrift store for $7 to play with. Never buy jeans from a retail store people! There are SO MANY great jeans to be had at thrift stores! Why not save your money and save the planet?
DIY Embroidered Jeans
You can see the progress on the first leg I altered here.
I decided I want to chop a few inches off the jeans and make them into my version of a frayed kick flare (aka the fastest way to make your legs look 3″ shorter).
Bad decision. It probably would have been okay if these were high waisted jeans, but they aren’t. At all. I should have left the length. It makes my legs look like stubs.
I do like the embroidery which was fun to do and learn. I started out using an embroidery hoop but found it too difficult to position on the jeans and gave up. I had a vintage embroidery hoop. I’m sure a newer one would have been easier to use. It was easier to embroider with the hoop, but I still managed okay without.
I followed these instructions for the French knots and these for the flowers. There are loads of easy-to-follow instructions for hand embroidery online.
My embroidery wasn’t perfect, but I wanted them to look like they were altered by hand so I was pleased with the end result.
I paired the jeans with my DIY vintage brooch jean jacket and stomped around like I was a famous rock star for the day.
I am crossing my fingers that these jeans will look better with my high wedge nude sandals for summer.
I still want to find a pair of dark denim high waisted jeans thrifting and DIY a raw hem kick flare without any embroidery. Just for the heck of it. I want to see if a short curvy almost-50-something can work that look or not. I may fail, but I like a style challenge.
Did you ever think high waisted jeans would come back in style?
If that isn’t proof you can wear whatever the heck you want I don’t know what is. I’ve always found high waisted jeans to be super unflattering. They make my butt look like it is 2 feet long and goes halfway up my back. I guess that is what they mean when they say, “Baby got back.”
Linking up with Visible Monday I Will Wear What I Like, Turning Heads Tuesday, 52 Pick-me-up, Throw Back Thursday
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