Denim fashion – ensembles v. separates

Denim fashion - denim ensembles

Hi, I like denim, especially dark denim. I’ve never worn an all denim outfit though – for example a denim jacket and jeans. That look just makes me think farmer, not fashion. But I added a “Casual Style for Women” board to my  C Sews Pinterest account earlier this year and I’ve pinned quite a few denim fashion looks. I mostly wear separates but I usually avoid separates that match – as in same color top and bottom – unless it’s black. I have plenty of black tops and pants. But I don’t have other colors in a solid that I wear together.

I like these pins. They either reminded me of denim or were made from denim. They make me want to wear an all-denim ensemble. Do you typically wear denim as separates? Would you ever wear an all-denim outfit?

Photo- Adam Lippes - pre-fall 2017 - denim fashion
Adam Lippes – pre-fall 2017 – a knit that looks like denim
Photo - Jasper Conran - spring/summer 2017 - denim fashion
Jasper Conran – spring/summer 2017 – love the top stitching on this dress
Photo - Tory Burch - pre-fall 2017 - denim fashion
Tory Burch – pre-fall 2017  – reminds me of denim
Photo - Vika Gaszinskaya – fall 2017 – looks like denim
Vika Gaszinskaya – fall 2017 – looks like a jumpsuit, doesn’t it?
Denim fashion - Ellery Resort 2017 collection - photo
Ellery Resort 2017 collection – lovely jacket and pants combo

I’ve been pinning denim fashion ideas because I have several yards of denim in my stash and I need to start sewing it. Some has been there for at least five years, maybe longer. And last year on a trip to New York, I bought some lightweight denim at Mood to make trouser jeans. Then last month, I found two yards of denim in my stash that I forgot about. It’s been sitting in a chest in a small room that has a lot of my husband’s vinyl records and books. I don’t go in there very often.

Here’s the Butterick sewing pattern (B5682) I got last year. I want to make version E, the trouser version.

Butterick B5682 jeans sewing pattern

I also had a knit fabric in my stash that looks like denim.

Photo - knit fabric - looks like denim

I had intended to use it to make a dress. But I never got around to making the dress. After seeing all the fun denim outfits, I decided to make a pair of knit pants and a top to go with them. But you’ll see that outfit soon – more on that outfit tomorrow. It’ll be my first all-denim look.

Denim fashion - Adam Lippes, Jasper Conran , Vika Gazinskaya

Author: Chuleenan

Chuleenan sews, collects hats and shoes, and is a fabric addict. She is also the organizer for the Bay Area Sewists Meetup group.

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