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    Posted April 27, 2013 by
    Solana Beach, California

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    Through the eye of the Needle


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     This year marks 140 years since blue jeans were invented. What was your favorite denim look? Upload a photo!

    BohemianOpus's husband, featured in the bottom two images, wore that ill-fitting denim suit quite a bit, she said, until 'I had to admit to him it was a "fail".'

    These days, the iReporter goes for the stretchy, skinny jeans in different colors. She says, 'I've always been obsessive about fashion, and following the trends was something I enjoyed doing when I wasn't trying to start them. Denim everything (especially bell bottoms) was the style in the early to mid 1970s, so I naturally migrated to that fabric, which I would then embellish with embroidery, appliques and macrame.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    Long hair, turquoise jewelry, handcrafted clothing and embroidered denim defined the 1970s. It was during that time, I made everything my husband and I wore. Unfortunately, I had not mastered the art of editing when it came to fabric and fit.


    In the pictures of me (above), the too-small outfit on the left (taken in Mexico) that I created did not fit properly. And I don't know what I was thinking with the embroidery placement at the knees. A 1980s thrift-store find that I tweaked works much better. Combining the denim with a softer fabric and adding a red trim made it easy to pair this top with jeans and still not look like cattle roping might be the next chore. My son wore my jacket to keep warm.


    The next set of pictures (below) features my husband taken in the late 70s. He modeled a suit I made for him. Obviously, I hadn't quite yet learned about fitting and he swam in the fabric. The design was meant for a much taller man and all that denim plus the large blocks of contrast made him look like a hippie Smurf. On the right, he wears a denim shirt I made for him with corduroy pants in a complimentary color. The shirt fit better and the embroidery works well with the design.

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