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The definitive guide to spring/summer denim fabrics

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Denim is undoubtedly one of the most popular fabrics out there. Due to its toughness and diversity, the material can be used to create an array of sewing projects such as jeans, jackets, skirts, bags and much more.

Here at Fabrics Galore, we simply adore denim fabrics, which is why we stock a huge selection of different denim designs within our online fabric store.

So, to express our appreciation, our team have put together a definitive guide on denim, that includes all the upcoming denim fabric trends that can help you make your next project something special.

The history of denim

Denim is a super sturdy form of cotton, in which the weft passes under multiple warp threads. As mentioned previously, the material has grown into one of the most popular fabrics available, but how has denim developed into the fabric that it is today?

Well, we start in the cultural southern French city of Nîmes, a stunning location that is the proud birthplace of denim fabric, which is why the word denim in fact originates from the name “serge de Nîmes”.

During the mid-1800’s, the popularity of denim clothing in the USA experienced an astronomical surge thanks to the California Gold Rush. Hundreds of thousands of American gold prospectors required strong, durable clothing to help them with their mining exploits, and denim fabric provided the perfect solution.

Thanks to its durable qualities, denim clothing continued to be worn by workers in the decades which followed the Gold Rush. Then, in the 1930s, denim clothing was deemed fashionable after Hollywood was gripped by the cowboy movies craze.

Denim sales understandably took a dive during World War 2, however sales picked up once again in the 1950s as many young people began to embrace denim clothing.

During this period, many youngsters chose to wear denim clothing as a sign of rebellion, a movement that was heavily inspired by the release of Hollywood blockbusters such as “The Wild One” and James Dean’s “Rebel Without a Cause”, films that both heavily featured iconic denim outfits.

Denim clothing gradually lost its rebellious association during the 1960s and 1970s, as it returned to being recognised as a widely fashionable and marketable fabric. Since then, denim clothing has maintained its popularity and manufacturers began releasing different styles of denim jeans, such as ripped jeans during the late 1980s, and more recently skinny jeans.

Our top tips for sewing with denim

Due to its sturdiness, denim is certainly not the easiest fabric to sew with. However, that doesn’t mean that you should shy away from the challenge! To help you create the denim sewing project of your dreams, our experts have put together a few top tips to consider.

First of all, it is pivotal to use sharp tools so that cutting patterns is much easier. A sharp pair of scissors as well as sharp rotary cutters are a necessity for sewing with denim, and it is also worth noting that you may have to cut your denim one layer at a time if your fabric is considerably thick.

Also, using heavy duty needles is vital when sewing with denim. Denim specific needles with a reinforced blade are available to help you minimise needle deflection and reduce the chances of you breaking your needle or skipping stitches.

The Fabrics Galore team also recommend using a heavy-duty jeans thread for any denim sewing project that you have planned. If you are unable to find a heavy-duty jeans thread, an upholstery thread should suffice.

The hottest denim trends for spring/summer 2019

To help you stay on top of upcoming denim fashion trends, the Fabrics Galore team have predicted the shapes, styles and colours that are guaranteed to give your denim sewing project the ‘wow factor’ this spring/summer.

The high-rise, straight-leg jean style is one that we love at Fabrics Galore and is a highly popular jean cut that you can expect to see plenty of in the coming months. However, if this style isn’t your thing, then why not go for a 90s style, wide leg jean design instead?

Double denim is another fashion trend that we think will dominate the industry in spring/summer 2019. Many well-respected labels are encouraging us to celebrate this look by creating double denim outfits using innovative techniques. When going for the double denim look, it is crucial to get the wash right, so it may be worth experimenting with a few different denim fabrics until you achieve your desired look.

At Fabrics Galore, we have a selection of prewashed denim fabrics that are ideal for any denim sewing projects that you have in mind. Explore our prewashed denim threads today.


On top of this, the previously popular ripped and frayed hem denim jean styles are expected to take a backseat in spring/summer 2019, with crisp, clean lined shapes tipped to increase in popularity instead.

Find the perfect denim fabrics at Fabrics Galore!

Fabrics Galore is proud to provide sewers of all experience levels with the fabric they need, to create their beautiful denim designs. Our fantastic, quality denim fabric range is one of the most popular collections that we provide at Fabrics Galore, and by exploring our selection it is easy to see why.

To find the denim thread that you need, explore our denim fabrics range today.

Or if you would like to explore the entire range of fabrics that we provide here at Fabrics Galore, you can do so by heading over to our online fabrics store today!

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