How To Wash Jeans

Washing jeans the correct way is just one of the ways in which you can prolong the life and quality of your denims. Jeans can fade, shrink and lose their fit if they’re washed inappropriately, which can cost you a lot of money – especially if you invest in designer products.

Before you put any pair of jeans in the washing machine you must ensure your pockets are empty. Not only is there nothing worse than putting your hand in your pocket to find a sticky old Worthers’ Original, but leaving stray items in the machine has the potential to cause serious damage to the drum. Needless to say, items such as superglue can be particularly damaging.

Use a cooler temperature as this will prevent shrinkages and stop the colour from running. Some washing machines have specialist denim or jeans cycles. Indesit washing machines offer this jeans programme which provides a gentle wash and takes extra care to preserve the rich colours of the fabric. This cycle is available on all machines and will wash four pairs at 40 degrees and spins at 800rpm. The programme completes in one hour and ten minutes.

Indesit washing machines which boast this feature are the Indesit Start IWC6145 and IWC6145 models which have a 6kg wash load and 1400rpm spin speed. This Indesit washing machine is perfect for the smaller household.

Washing jeans is one thing but drying them is quite another. When you take your jeans from the washing machine you should not expect them to dry within the day. Denim is a very thick material and the cuffs and waistband in particular can retain a lot of water.

When you tumble dry jeans you may find the heat makes the fabric go stiff and it can be difficult to iron. Because of their thickness they will also take a while to dry. If you line dry jeans you will find they don’t require much ironing at all, you’ll use less energy and your electricity bills will be lower. However, due to the wonderful British weather it is understandable that line drying may not be possible and therefore tumble drying is your only option.

If your tumble dryer has a dedicated “jeans” setting this is the time to use it. If not, simply put your jeans in either alone, or as part of a very small load, and tumble dry on a lower heat.

How To Wear Jeans Into Your Forties And Beyond

Jeans are a staple item in any womans wardrobe and finding the perfect style and fit can often be a difficult task for women, especially as you get older and worry that particular styles of jeans might not work for you. But anyone can wear jeans, its just what you team them with and getting the fit right.

Skinny jeans
You might think skinny jeans are best left to younger women but theyre actually easy to wear whatever your age, its just how you wear them and what you team them with that matters. With skinny jeans its vital that you get the perfect fit otherwise theyll be too baggy or too tight and look very unflattering; the best fitting skinny jeans will cling to your curves rather than squeeze them. Skinny jeans are more suited to a slightly smarter look for older women; wear with a crisp white shirt or simple jumper for a classic look and team with a pair of loafers or court shoes for a leg-lengthening look.

Straight leg jeans
If you love the thought of skinny jeans but prefer something a little more forgiving and comfortable then straight leg jeans are probably your best bet and the great thing about them is that theyre so easy to dress up or down too. They have a similar shape to skinny jeans but are not quite as fitted and have a straight up and down design.

Boot cut jeans
Perhaps one the most flattering shapes of jeans, boot cut jeans do as they say and flare out slightly at the bottom and are design to sit on the top of your shoes. They balance out fuller hips or thighs too, so are perfect for the fuller figure. Boot cut jeans are so popular because theyre so easy to wear casual or more dressy, its just about what you wear them with, a going out top and pair of heels will instantly glam up boot cut jeans.

Boyfriend jeans
You cant get a more comfortable style of jeans than baggy jeans also known as slouch and boyfriend jeans. As youd expect they have a loose fitted design and are designed to skim your body and so are flattering on plus size figures as they dont emphasise your shape. Wear casually for everyday with a simple t-shirt or a hooded top.

Tips for jeans shopping:
– If youre self conscious about buying jeans in a shop and dont like fitting rooms then buy them online or through a catalogue to try them on in the comfort of your own home; that way you can also buy more than one sizes and send the wrong fitting one back.
– Even if youre usually the same clothing size, always try jeans on; different styles and brands of jeans have varying measurements. Dont worry if youre a size larger, lots of jeans are actually fitted smaller than standard sizes.
– Jeans are one area of your wardrobe that are worth investing in; theyre staple items so dont be afraid to spend a little more to get those perfect jeans youll definitely get the wear out of them.
– Make sure you know your leg length and if not then measure your inner leg before going shopping. Lots of jeans are offered in various leg lengths with short typically being 30in, standard 32in and long 34in, although youll also find a bigger choice of leg lengths from 27in to 36in with some retailers.
– If youre shopping in heels then pop a pair of flat shoes in your bag or vice versa, that way youll be able to see how jeans look with different shoes and heel heights.
– Leave the over embellished and latest jeans fashions to the younger generations, theyll look cheap on more mature women and make it look like youre trying too hard.

Custom Tailored Jeans Embellishments Denim & Flower-dotted Fabric Combinations

One can make original and stylish jeans models playing with a combination of denim and different materials. For example, using silk.

To create jeans with elegant cuts youll need a pair of jeans, a piece of bright-colored silk, a sewing machine, contrast-colored thread, scissors, a piece of paper and a pencil. To transform your custom jeans into a stylish piece of clothes it will be enough to cut just one trouser leg. The second one can stay as it is.

Unseam the first trouser leg you are going to work with on the inner stitch. Then make a stencil for your elegant cuts. Draw some simple pattern on a piece of paper, it could be a flower or a star, or any other motif you want to decorate your jeans with. Cut out your ready pattern and transfer it to denim repeating the motif in the upper part of jeans trouser leg and under the knee so that the pattern overlays the outer seam of jeans.

Put a piece of silk with a front side to the back side of denim and fix it with pins. Sew down the motif on the front side of your subculture jeans three times: the first one on the contours of the picture and two times inside the pattern with the interval of about 1 centimeter.

On the inner part of the jeans cut out odd silk outside the borders of the outer stitching. Make cuts along the pattern lines on the outside between the stitches made. Cut short the edges of the cuts so that silk fabric can be seen in the cuts. Sew down the inner seam. Thats it!

And here is another cool idea of creating decorative back pocket of your jeans using a handkerchief! Youll need a handkerchief with a flower motif, jeans with back pockets, thread, a needle and scissors, hook & loop tape, decorative button and glue.

Carefully unseam one of the back pockets of your jeans on the stitching. However, you can avoid this procedure and decorate the pocket directly on jeans. After it cut off a decorative corner of your handkerchief so that its edge could be folded into the pocket and the junction point with denim is not visible. By the way, you must not necessary use a handkerchief for your embellishment, a piece of any flower-dotted fabric will do as well.

Glue a turned over stripe of handkerchief cloth to the inner side of the pocket. Thus you will create an illusion of a front pocket part which can be opened. Sew down a button to the edge of the handkerchief cloth taking denim fabric as well to make this illusion even more full. In fact the back pocket will be opened exactly the way it used to open before our embellishment. Now you have your customized jeans decorated with an original back pocket which will surely attract everybodys attention!

You can also use the same technique to create a fashionable purse just cut out the pocket of old jeans together with denim fabric and finish the seams in order to get a pocket-bag. Decorate the front part of it exactly as explained above. Sew down the hook & loop tape to the upper edge of the pocket. Thats it!