“Bell bottom blues, you made me cry. I don’t want to lose this feeling. And if I could choose a place to die it would be in your arms!” Bell Bottom Blues – Eric Clapton
Okay, Eric Clapton may be singing to a woman, but this is the same way denim lovers feel toward their cherished blue jeans. Yes, to many people their denim duds are that desirable!
Denim is a sturdy cotton warp faced textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces a diagonal ribbing that distinguishes it from cotton duck. The most common denim is indigo denim, in which the warp thread is dyed, while the weft thread is left white. As a result of the warp-faced twill weaving, one side of the textile is dominated by blue warp threads and the other side is dominated by the white weft threads. This is what causes blue jeans to be white on the inside!
No matter the decade and no matter the style, denim bell bottoms are fun, beautiful and fashionable. Bell bottoms are a style of pants that become wider from the knees downward, forming a bell-like shape of the pant leg. Did you know that in the 1970s Sonny and Cher helped popularize bell bottoms in the United States by wearing them on their variety television show?
Bell Bottoms Fun Fact: In 1989 bell bottoms rose in popularity after bands such as The Rolling Stones, Happy Mondays and the Charlatans wore them while performing on stage.
Create a bell bottom blues revival by parading around in denim bell bottoms on your own stage! Set a glorious fashion rage!
Dazzling denim duds welcomes bell bottom blues!
How Denim is Made:
- Cotton is harvested by hand or machine.
- A cotton gin separates the cotton fiber from the seeds.
- The fiber is put into bales. A bale weighs around 550 pounds and can make around 400 pairs of jeans.
- The cotton fiber is spun into yarn.
- The yarn is dyed, giving it color such as the classic denim blue.
- The yarn is then woven in a shuttle loom or projectile loom into denim.
- The denim is then sent to the manufacturer for use.
Dry or raw denim, contrasted with washed denim, is denim that hasn’t been washed after having been dyed during production.
Some people prefer their denim dark blue while others prefer the washed, faded look. Patterns of fading jeans caused by prolonged periods of wearing them are a way of personalizing the garment.
Popular Patterns of Faded Jeans:
- Combs or Honeycombs – Meshes of faded line-segments that form behind the knees.
- Whiskers – Faded streaks that form rapidly from the crotch area.
- Stacks – Irregular bands of fading above the ankle caused by according of the fabric due to contact with the foot or shoe.
- Train Tracks- Fading along the out-seams due to abrasion.
One of my most favorite clothing ensembles that always looks classy, stylish and trendy are flared bell bottom blue jeans worn with black patent leather high heels, a white or black blouse and a black velvet blazer. Striking! Add accessories and a great handbag for a look that works in the office, at parties or out at your favorite restaurant enjoying brunch or dinner!
Bell bottom blues are a true garment winner!
Denim fabric dyeing is divided into two categories: indigo dyeing and sulfur dyeing. Indigo dyeing produces the traditional blue color while sulfur dyeing produces specialty black colors and other colors, such as red, pink, purple, gray, rust, mustard and green.
More comfortable in stretch denim? Stretch denim incorporates an elastic component, such as spandex. This creates a certain amount of “give” when putting on, wearing and removing your delicious denim duds!
Whether skinny jeans, daisy duke shorts, miniskirts, dresses or bells bottom jeans, let’s toast the beloved material worn worldwide known simply as denim! Hats off to the denim king and queens!
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