Embroidery was a very popular trend in 2017 and will be carrying over into 2018. It has made its way from the runways into the stores, our closets, and our hearts. It’s been seen all over Instagram and Pinterest, causing fashionistas everywhere to try and create these looks for themselves. Embroidered detail adds beauty and interest to an otherwise plain garment. The unique, colorful details make any garment pop. It can be added to anything from handbags, to leather jackets, to embroidered jeans. Combine your embroidered piece with staples in your closet to create a head-turning look. You will definitely be in stitches over this adorable trend!
How are you going to incorporate the embroidered look into your wardrobe? Choose what fits within your own personal style.
For my personal style, embroidered jeans are by far my favorite garment within this trend. They’re versatile and can mix and match with everything. As a bonus, they feel like a blast from the past! I was a 90’s kid and I remember having jeans with embroidered flowers around the ankles in elementary school. I thought they were all the rage. At least it’s a trend that I can look back on from years ago and not feel completely ashamed of (I’m looking at you, ponchos). Now, they’re back in style and I am loving it! Although, it’s a little crazy to think I’ve lived long enough for my childhood clothing to come back into fashion!
Want to try the embroidered jean look for yourself but don’t want to invest the money on a pair that might become outdated next season? Create the embroidered look in little time without needing a machine or fancy equipment. Follow this step by step tutorial to make your own pair!
How to Make Your Own Embroidered Look
Materials: Hand sewing needles, thread, pins, scissors, pair of jeans, appliques (cut out of fabric or pre-made. See steps 1 & 2 for additional instructions.)
Time: 20 minutes
Choose a fabric that has appliques or buy pre-made appliques from a craft store. The appliques will be used to create the embroidery effect. If you choose pre-made appliques, skip ahead to step 3.
I had leftover remnants of this fabric and decided to use the black, floral motif for this project.
Next, I cut out the appliques from the fabric and trimmed all the excess the lace away from the pieces. However, I was careful not to cut the appliques themselves as they have strands of sequins that may come loose.
Choose a pair of jeans for this DIY project. I chose to use an older pair of jeans that I don’t wear often instead of my tried & true favorites. This way, when the embroidery trend becomes outdated and is no longer stylish (which happens with any fashion trend), I don’t have to part ways with my favorite pair of jeans!
Then, pin the appliques onto the denim (or any other surface you wish to decorate!). I attempted to place them strategically up the thigh and mix and match sizes and shapes. Go with whatever looks good to you. You’re the designer for this project!
Hand sew the appliques onto the material.
Do not sew them on with your jeans flat on the table. Your needle will easily catch on other fabric and it will likely have to be re-done.
Instead, sew the appliques with your non-dominant hand inside the pant leg to guide the needle in your dominant hand. This allows your hand to feel where the needle is going and prevent it from catching on anything.
Repeat on the other side. This is an optional step and depends on the look you’re trying to achieve. I chose to only embroider one side of my jeans because the appliques are large, bold, and stand out. I also prefer the asymmetrical look it creates. If you are using smaller appliques, it may make sense to also embroider the second side.
Clean up any loose threads and slip them on for a night out!
In this look, I am wearing the DIY embroidered jeans I created for myself. I paired it with minimal jewelry and accessories. I opted for a simple black and white tee with very subtle print and texture to add visual interest without looking overwhelming. Since the embroidery is black, I stayed within this basic color scheme. The ensemble compliments the embroidered jeans without outshining them.
Style Tips for Rocking Embroidered Jeans
Mix and match garments and accessories to strategically incorporate embroidered jeans into your outfit. Start with jeans that have just a touch of embroidery at the ankles or on the pockets. Feeling adventurous? Choose a pair of jeans that have embroidery up the entire sides. Either way, it will take your typical day to day look to a whole new level. Keep it chic and classic with these easy style suggestions and guidelines.
1. Pair embroidered jeans with other non-embroidered pieces.
Pair embroidered jeans with minimal garments and accessories. For example, pair the jeans with a basic, staple top and a plain handbag.
2. Let the embroidered piece be the focal point.
Don’t add a lot of other texture or pattern that will compete with the look. Keep it simple and let the embroidery speak for itself.
3. Use the colors within the embroidery as a color scheme for the outfit.
If your embroidered jeans have shades of red and blue, try pairing it with a red or blue top that matches to really draw out the boldness of these colors.
4. Try a monochromatic look to make the embroidery pop.
An example would be to wear an entirely black outfit that has some silver embroidery detail. The silver embroidery would stand out well against the black.
Would you rock these embroidered jeans? I would love to hear your thoughts! Subscribe to the blog for more DIY ideas and style tips!