Hey y’all! I’m Allie, the sewing blogger over at alliemjackson.com, and today, I’m partnering with Hart’s to show off my new jeans made with this gorgeous white designer denim–act fast because I believe there’s hardly any left!
After making my first pair of Gingers this winter, I knew I wanted to make a second pair in white. I’ve never owned a pair of white jeans before, but this year I’ve been seeing them all over my favorite style blogs, and I thought I’d take a chance and pick up some of this white denim from Hart’s… and some spot cleaner! Turns out, the fabric comes from the same mill as the expensive jeans those same style bloggers wear, but I only needed about 2 yards of denim, so they’re much more affordable than the ready to wear versions at Nordstrom, plus, mine are customized exactly to my taste!
I’m lucky and the Closet Case Pattern Ginger Jeans fit me pretty well with some minor alterations. I’m curvier than they are drafted for, so I grade from a 6 in the waist to a 10 in the hips. I also raised the waistline by 2 inches so they hit at my natural waist–I left the rise as drafted on my first pair and wanted them to be higher for a more vintage look.
One aspect I love about this pattern is that the side seams are the last sewn, so you can compensate for varying levels of stretch in your chosen fabric right at the end. I ended up taking in the side seams just the tiniest amount more than the ⅝” seam allowance. This denim has great recovery, but it’s pretty stretchy, so I didn’t want to take any chances and have them stretch out! If you’re nervous about making jeans, don’t be! The stretch content required for the Gingers means that the fit is forgiving, and even an ambitious beginner could make this pattern–if you’ve sewn a few woven items and can carefully follow instructions, the Gingers aren’t more challenging than any other pattern, there are simply more steps! There’s even a photo sewalong to help out if you get stuck.
I love these jeans with a knotted button down shirt, but they’re equally as fun with an off the shoulder top like this one, also in Hart’s Fabric. I’d also love to pair it with a floaty blouse in this tropical rayon, preferably on a beach vacation! Sadly, I have no beach vacations planned, but white jeans and a simple jersey tee shirt is always appropriate for a casual Saturday, too. I’m looking forward to styling these jeans in a bunch of different ways this summer–if you are in need of inspiration, I’ve rounded up five different ways to style your white jeans on my blog today!
I had a little bit of denim left over from this project, and I actually ordered another yard so that I’d have enough to make some white jeans shorts with this same fabric and pattern. If you’d like to see how they turn out when I’m done, you can subscribe to my newsletter or follow me on Instagram and I’ll keep you up to date with all my future projects.
Thanks for reading, and happy sewing!