DIY Embroidered Jeans

There’s something about the phrase “New Year’s Resolution” that makes me cringe every time I hear it. I think it’s the thought of goals being procrastinated, pushed to the back burner until this one particular day that only comes around once every 365 days. Seems like an oxymoron to me. You have a goal (which is half the battle of success), what are you waiting for? Every month is a “new” month, every week is a “new” week, every day is a “new” day. There’s a quote by Karen Lamb, a lecturer of Oral Communication, that goes: “A year from now, you may wish you started today.”

So start today!

With that being said, my New Weekend’s Resolution is to complete about 6 projects I got inspired to do yesterday. Small projects, because it’s important to have reachable goals. Anywho, the first is a pair of embroidered jeans I found by Etro. When I consider investing in clothes, I speak bill language. These jeans cost a month’s rent and car note payment! English translation? $1,595! Lord, why do I only have hotdog money when you know I love caviar? 😥

Now, if you look closely you’ll notice that these jeans actually have beads and embroidery, very very tiny beads that is.

And “aint nobody got time for all that.” So, I went with about 1 yard each of 4 different colored embroidered trim that came out to about $14. You’ll actually want a bit more of 1 for the pocket trims. I needed a pair of straight leg cropped jeans, but all I found at my local thrift was a slim fit that looked like the previous owner hemmed themselves for $3. Previous owner hemmed/cropped, *shrugs* fit the same on me so I made it work. Also tried to used Spray n Bond Fusible Adhesive ($10) for a quick project, no bueno (but I do see how it will be useful in other projects so no loss there). That made the process actually longer, messier, & just more difficult. Stitch Witchery ($3) was amazing for this project. Whopping total : $20

A few small tips:

Pick trims with coordinating colors for a polished look.

Decide order of trim before gluing.

Start with bottom trim & work your way up.

Sew an horizontal line near the seams to secure trim even more.

And always have fun!

xxxox, Que

PS if you’re not much of a DIY’er, these custom embroidered jeans can be found in my ixthirty esty shop!

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