Last week when the Boden catalog arrived, I pawed through it looking for a couple of options to update my fall wardrobe. I saw these boyfriend jeans and marked the page to keep as a possibility to order. When I went back through my dog eared pages the next day to narrow down the items that I was going to order, I realized that I had already purchased a pair of boyfriend jeans a few days before at the Nordstrom Rack for about half the price. All of a sudden the pair that I had purchased, didn't look as appealing anymore. What was wrong with me? Why did I want these other jeans so badly? I tried to dissect my desire and then realized that I loved the small detail of the navy and cream twill ribbon that covered up the seam on the outside cuff. That's it. That's why I loved them. Was it worth $78 to get that small detail when I had jeans that fit me perfectly for half that price? Nope, especially because I knew that I could DIY my way to the same look.
I stopped at a local hole-in-the-wall fabric and notions store that is near my house, for local Sacramento residents, I stopped at Hi-Fashion Fabrics on Franklin Boulevard. Hi-Fashion is a gem of store and I always try to stop here before heading down to JoAnn's. I took the Boden catalog in with me and showed the gals that were at the front counter and they directed me to a wall of ribbons sold by the yard and I quickly located a ribbon that was very similar to the photo. The ribbon was $.99/yard and I purchased 4 yards which was way more that I needed for this project but I thought this ribbon would make great ribbon to wrap a present, tie napkins for a summer party, use as a headband or any other DIY project in my future. For this project, I only needed 10" of ribbon and took the ribbon, jeans and picture with me to my local dry cleaner that also does small alterations and asked her to sew the ribbon to the first 5" of my cuff so that when I turned the cuff over twice the ribbon showed.
I could have sewn in the ribbon myself but I wanted the it to really be secure and hold up the daily abuse of being worn and laundered. She charged me just a few dollars for the job and for me it was well worth the money to have the project done and ribbon securely attached. If you are a better seamstress than I am, you can sew this yourself and then buy yourself a cup of coffee with the money you saved.
- A pair of jean
- 10" of ribbon 1" - 1 1/2" wide
- Matching thread