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Cambridge Skinnies: How do I wear thee, let me count the ways!

Cassie Banks

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Have you seen the Cambridge Skinnies?  These awesome skinny pants are so cute and super versatile.  I've sewn up three pairs of Cambridge Skinnies to demonstrate a few different ways to wear and embellish them.

Embroidery Detail

When I first laid eyes on the Cambridge Skinnies I couldn't stop thinking about how adorable they would look with some embroidery detail on the back pocket and front pocket inset.  For the embroidered pair, I chose a light blue chambray. 

The first thing I needed to do was find an embroidery file that was the appropriate size and concept I was looking for to embellish the pockets.  I found this cute scroll detail on etsy as well as a floral embroidery file that perfectly complemented the Hazel top that I was envisioning pairing these pants with.  Both embroidery files were purchased from a shop called A Proverbs 31 Wife 

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I embroidered the design onto the fabric first and then cutout the pocket so I could make sure that the placement was exactly how I wanted it.

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Next, I tackled the inset piece.  For this one, I needed to determine the placement with consideration to the seam allowances on the top and sides of the pants and place my pattern piece accordingly.

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Once I had my pocket pieces cut out, I proceeded with the pattern as written.  As you can see the finished result is super fun and easy to achieve!

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The Rocker Skinnies

For my next pair of Cambridge Skinnies I thought it might be fun to do something a little fun and funky.  I found this stretchy, faux leather appearing material at Walmart and it fit my idea perfectly. 

I had initially planned to sew this pair with heart shaped pockets, however, this material turned out to be pretty tricky to sew with and therefore I scrapped that idea for regular pockets instead.

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So this pair was sewn by the pattern, exactly as written.  The fun comes in deciding how to style this fun pair of pants with a funky top or boots.  My daughter tells me they are terribly comfortable and stretchy and will be a staple piece in her fall wardrobe!

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The Distressed Skinnies with Lace Underneath

For the final pair of Cambridge Skinnies I sewed up, I wanted to make a distressed pair with lace underneath.  I believe there is a couple of ways to achieve this appearance.  I started by sewing up a pair in plain, non-distressed blue denim.

I'll be honest and tell you that I had no idea how to distress jeans, so I did what any reasonable girl would do and I googled it!  I found out that the best way to do it is with a few supplies.  Here is everything I used to distress these pants and create the appearance of lace underneath the distressed areas.

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I started by taking sandpaper and scraping up and down and back and forth all over the front and back of the pants.

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Next, I created two small horizontal slits about 1/2-3/4 inch apart.  Then I used tweezers to pull the threads as well as further distress the area between the slits.  To make them even more distressed I went over those areas with sand paper.  I repeated this process over again in several places on the front side of the pants.

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I repeated this process over again in several places on the front side of the pants.

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The last part involved adding the stretch lace underneath the distressed parts.  For this part I used spray fabric adhesive.  This was a bit of trial and error, but I found what worked best was to place the stretch lace over the area and then spray the adhesive on top to apply it. 

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These turned out to be really fun and comfortable! 

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I hope you've enjoyed the Cambridge Skinnies sewn three ways!  Be sure and sew up a pair or three and share them in our facebook group!