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Inspiration and Ideas for the Ash jeans

inspiration and ideas for Megan Nielsen Ash jeans


Are you guys as excited for Ash jeans as I am?! Everyone desires for the perfect pair of jeans in their closet, right?  Well, Ash is so versatile – a shape for every size and style. The pattern already lends itself to many customizations, offering 4 leg shapes and 3 length options. Choose between skinny, slim, flared, and wide. And from there choose tall, regular, and cropped. So many options to choose from! Love your jeans tall and skinny? Or how about cropped kick flares or cropped wide legs? You can do it all with this pattern straight out of the envelope, seriously.

But I also wanted to give you guys some ideas and inspiration for some other details you can add to make your jeans perfectly “you”. There are seriously so much inspiration out there, you guys! I could probably make this post go on forever and ever ha. But here are some of my favorite ideas…

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One of my favorite ways to customize your Ash jeans is to play around with them hem! And fun and funky hems are very in right now. So instead of the basic turned under hem (which is also good – a classic choice!), tryone of these:

-Leave it raw! let in fray naturally. This works well with all styles.

-If you’re going the raw route – try cutting it into a different shape. Like the step hems pictured above, or a pointed triangle shape.

-Try really working that fraying until you get nice long fringe. This looks best with cropped lengths, I think.

-Cuff it. Rolled small cuffs, or wide cuffs – both are so fun! If you’re going with a super wide cuff, make sure you add extra length to the jeans to accommodate for it. I love this with slim or wide leg styles!

-What about add a little lace at the end? I think this looks best when the lace color matches the denim, like in the white pair above.

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The most common denim customization involves distressing. We’ll be sharing a post on how to distress at the end of the sewalong, so save up some ideas now and learn how to do it later!

How much you distress is a personal thing. You could go with just small slits in the knees, or larger, fraying holes – knees or all over. Or you can distress only a little so there are no actual holes created, just the raw threads showing.

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These are the “it” jeans right now! Embroidery is everywhere. You could go the floral route, or try hand embroidering a phrase along the waistband or hem like pictured above. You could also stitch a fun design on the back pockets! Don’t know how to/can’t embroider? Try iron on floral patches! You could create a similar look that way.

And that last photo? Those florals are painted on. How gorgeous is that?!


One more idea, that I don’t have pictured here at all – colored denim. Remember, your jeans don’t have to me basic blue. Try an army green or blush pink. Or even black or white! Just remember to make sure the denim you choose has enough stretch.



Here’s the full list of Ash posts and tutorials:

Megan Nielsen Ash (4 in 1) jeans sewing pattern set // The ultimate stretch jean pattern set. Includes four cuts and multiple lengths for tall, regular and cropped. Don’t have the Ash sewing pattern yet?! Order Ash today ! We absolutely love seeing what you make, so don’t forget to tag your creations with #MNash and @megannielsenpatterns when sharing on social media, and check out what everyone else is up to!

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Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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1 year ago

Sorry if this is answered elsewhere, but since this pattern is using stretch fabric, are the stitch types/lengths different than what you would use for a non-stretch pattern? The photos make it look like you just use a straight stitch, but I just want to be sure! Thanks!

1 year ago
Reply to  Laura

Hi Laura!

That is a great question! Even though this is a stretch pattern, the amount of stretch is so low that we do still use the same straight stitch as we would for non-stretch patterns. In our testing we found that a slightly longer stitch length, and slightly tighter tension works best, but I definitely recommend doing test swatches yourself before you start sewing to calibrate your stitches and decide on length etc before you start construction. I go into that process a bit in this blog post happy sewing!

1 year ago
Reply to  Meg

This is so helpful! Thank you so much!!