Ode To Denim: How to Care for this Fabric
If I Were Queen of Everything, Denim Would be King of Fashion!
Denim would be the standard for all with rewards for using it in every sort of clothing design, and it would be pampered like all royal attire.
Some might ask in wonder, “Denim?” My answer would be absolutely, unequivocally yes.Denim would be king of the fashion world, and if I had the power I would probably go so far as to decree that everyone had to wear some sort of denim all the time.
The Queen of Denim Speaks:
Hear ye, Hear ye,
This my decree!
Denim is the key
To comfort for thee!
--The Queen of Everything
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that everyone would have to wear blue jeans all the time. I’m talking about the fabric called denim, although blue jeans would be a primary piece of clothing in my world and would certainly be especially rewarded.
Imagine the possibilities--for those who wear jeans to work everyday they would get a new pair of their favorite style once a month! There are so many things to love about this fabric and it is far more versatile than most realize.
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In Praise of Denim
Good denim jeans are the most wonderful article of clothing ever created. Give me the right fit and I want to wear them all the time.
There simply isn’t anything like a favorite pair of jeans worn until the fabric is like silk--soft and supple, smooth and familiar, secure and comfy.
New is very nice, but those well-used jeans wash and wear like a good friend. It’s an incredible mystery how they grow to fit the person they belong to, even coming out of the dryer calling their name after they have become accustomed to their owner.
I might not wear them everywhere when they get that worn, but I do want to wear them all the time when they become my second me. You’ll laugh if you don’t know this, but they make fabulous PJs after a certain point.
It is a sad, sad day when they are so worn that they must go. Because I am completely incapable of doing the deed, the best I can do is to give them to my husband to throw away.
Something happens in my brain--confusion, then panic--it’s just better if I don’t see it happen. Every so often I'll drop a hint of an impending demise, then he'll ask if it's about time. LIfe can get complicated, you know?
Ways with Denim
If you’ve stopped scoffing at the idea of my rule dictating that everyone wear this wonder fabric all the time, maybe you can think through what I mean. Besides the beautiful changes that occur when denim is well used, all-season comfort can be obtained through denim’s variety of weights.
From cradle to grave we could enjoy denim’s easy luxury and wearability. What would make better diapers than a gently worn lightweight denim? Designing every color and style of velvety denim baby blankets would make for happy, year-round sewing projects!
Nothing is better for little girls than ruffled denim, and the only thing little boys need is some sticky candy for their denim jean’s pockets. On top of everything else, those miniature denim jackets that babies wear are cooler than a moose no matter what fashion statement the rest of the world wants to make.
Toddlers and children know the value of denim. Just ask them if they want to have to put an outfit together or pluck out some denim so they can get on with all the life they want to live. The truth that little ones are often smarter than we give them credit for stands firm even when it comes to fashion.
Teens generally prefer denim fabric. There have even been a few denim evening gowns designed by smart girls who know a good thing when they see it. Denim tuxes are not unheard of, and my guess is that if boys ever wear one they’ll never want another stilted tux.
A Word about Vintage Denim
The pricelessness of a vintage denim garment should not be underestimated. Whole books have been dedicated to the topic, the craft world has developed creative uses for it, and it has what could amount to a cult following.
The Best of Vintage is an example of what can be done when old denim items are valued. You can design and create your own party statement with a denim bunting but checking out vintage denim for sale reveals amazing finds.
Choosing vintage is a fabulous way to enjoy this marvelous fabric. Give it a little care and it will reward you with many happy years of use. Information on cleaning and laundering vintage clothing is easily found thanks to modern technology, though your search should be on topic for denim.
Maintain Your Relationship--Care for Denim!
It may come as a surprise that I’m not the Queen of Everything, thus, I cannot dictate my wishes, but I can advise you with authority that denim is one of the best friends you’ll ever have!
With the right TLC, you can enjoy a lasting denim relationship that will bring you much comfort and joy over the years. Clothing made from this fabric are friends that you can take everywhere.
The investment in the relationship you have with your special friends makes the proper care of denim well worth a little attention. Give those good friends (blue jeans and otherwise) a little extra time and effort, and enjoy your rewards!
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Okay, Let’s Get Real--How to Properly Care for Your Denim Friends
That wonderful cotton named denim can be used in so many ways, but as with any good friend, the relationship has to be cultured to endure. Denim cleans up fabulously, but to preserve it here are some good guidelines to follow:
• Begin with and follow all of the manufacturer’s care instructions, following water and heat temperature guidelines carefully.
• Load denim clothing in the washer turned inside out, and use the delicate settings on your washer.
• Use a gentle detergent to preserve denim’s fabric color.
• Line dry upside down, or even lay denim flat to dry. If denim must be dried in the dryer use the low heat setting (and try to take them out before they are completely dry and finish air drying them). *This is an energy saving tip, as well as a denim saving tip.
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