Embroidery

1 Theme, 5 Ways: Embroidered Denim

Embroidered denim

Let’s face it—embroidered den­im is noth­ing new, but it’s had a resur­gence in the past few of years in both DIY cir­cles and on run­ways like Guc­ci.

And I am liv­ing for it! There’s a stun­ning jux­ta­po­si­tion between vibrant col­ors and imagery when paired with the stiff sur­face of den­im. Each makes the oth­er shine, and togeth­er they cre­ate gar­ments that are state­ment pieces.

Hon­est­ly WTF cre­at­ed a com­pre­hen­sive DIY on how to embroi­der your own den­im. I am plan­ning on try­ing it for myself. But in the mean­time, here are 5 ways artists / crafters / illus­tra­tors to inspire mine and your projects.

Tessa Perlow

Tessa Perlow embroidered denim

I first mar­veled at Tes­sa Perlow’s embroi­deries a few months ago and haven’t stop since. She works on a vari­ety of fab­rics, but the den­im shift dress above real­ly caught my eye. Tes­sa has a flair for design­ing her stitched ele­ments with the curve of the body so that they com­ple­ment the wear­er.

She occa­sion­al­ly puts some of her embroi­ders for sale on Etsy.

Tessa Perlow embroidered denim

Tessa Perlow embroidered denim

Gucci

Embroidered denim by Gucci

Guc­ci designed a whole cap­sule col­lec­tion around embroi­dered den­im. Rem­i­nis­cent of their Gar­den Exclu­sive, the pieces are embla­zoned with but­ter­flies, flow­ers, and snakes. The­se ele­ments are scat­tered on the front and back of clothes, and their appli­ca­tion also resem­bles iron-on patch­es (also a huge trend!).

Embroidered denim by Gucci

Embroidered denim by Gucci

Bliss and Mischief

Embroidred denim by Bliss and Mischief

Hillary Justin is the founder and design­er of Bliss and Mis­chief, a label inspired by “epic cac­tus” and the “vivid embroi­dered details of clas­sic West­ern kitsch.” Her cur­rent collection—which includes a lot of dec­o­ra­tive denim—pays trib­ute to the year 1982 by “obsess­ing over Edwar­dian whites, del­i­cate blooms, casu­al beau­ty, and all things roman­tic.”

Embroidred denim by Bliss and Mischief

Embroidred denim by Bliss and Mischief

Trini Guzmán

Embroidered denim by Trini Guzmán

Trini Guzmán brings an abstract vibe to my list. Using bold col­ors and a lot of French knots, she cre­ates non-rep­re­sen­ta­tion­al pat­terns that seem to take over what­ev­er den­im they inhab­it.

Embroidered denim by Trini Guzmán

Embroidered denim by Trini Guzmán

Die Trying TX

Embroidered denim by Die Tryin

Lacy Van Court is the lady behind Die Try­ing TX, a label that upcy­cles den­im into one-of-a-kind pieces. To cre­ate this west­ern wear-inspired imagery, she uses vin­tage machi­nes and hand process­es that can take up to six hours to com­plete.

Embroidered denim by Die Tryin

Embroidered denim by Die Tryin