Vintage Denim

Patchwork Jeans


Jacket - Bad Denim, T-shirt - New York Souvenir Shop, Jeans - East London Style (Home-made).

Jacket - Bad Denim, T-shirt - New York Souvenir Shop, Jeans - East London Style (Home-made).

My simple trick to being ale to embellish jeans - is to buy a mens pair of jeans larger by 6cm than i need to fit me I then split open each leg down the middle - either the centre back or the centre front of the leg. This allows me to sew onto the fabric whilst it is flat, making life sooooooo much easier (no pun intended 😊).

With this pair of jeans, I wanted see how they would look when the seam went down the middle of the jeans leg interrupting the embellishment. 

I simply sewed squares of fabric onto of the denim in random places. 

Then turn the jeans inside out and resew the centre  from seam of each leg. I overlock the seams, hover if you don't have access to an over locker then simply use a zigzag stitch on the edge of the fabric or 'pinking shears' which are scissors with give a 'zig zag' finish. 

I know I make it sound easy and once you have a go - it is I promise ❤️ but if you ever need any help or advice - please feel free to contact me 📮.

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Denim Jacket Bleached Sleeves


Denim Jacket - Hand-made (East London Style).

Denim Jacket - Hand-made (East London Style).

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This is a super simple update for your denim jacket. Any denim jacket will do, new, old, stretch, any. 

Simply take you jacket and using parcel tape, place a cross the sleeve to create a line to which the bleach won't pass. Do this to both sleeves equally and then place the sleeves into a bucket, sink (anything that you are happy to put bleach into). 

Pour the bleach onto the sleeves up to the of the tape. 

Leave for a good hour, up to two hours as you don't want the fabric to break down. 

Remove the tape and wash. If possible air dry outside ☀️.

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Applique Denim Shorts


I found these shorts in my local Traid charity shop, I love them but they were too big. This simple trick shows that if a pair of denim shorts or jeans are too big OR too small it doesn't mean that you can't change this. 

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Simply cut the shorts through the centre back of each leg through to the waist band.

At the point you can either take out the unwanted fabric or add an insert in.

I measured the waist band against my own waist measurement and deducted the excess fabric to make it my size BUT wait... I did add 2 inches seam allowance  - I like to have half an inch seam allowance on piece of fabric to allow for change and over locking.

Then I simply sewed back up the centre of the legs returning the shorts back to normal (apart from a center back seam).  At this point if you have access to an over-locker you can over lock the raw edges or simply use a zig zag stitch on the raw edges to stop fraying. 

Voila x


Crinoline Lady Denim Gillet


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Recently I was at the Friday Street car boot sale in Suffolk. It is one of my pleasures in life, I love being in Suffolk, I love being able to mooch and explore around the car boot in fresh air (as much as I love London - car boots here come with a tad more pollution). On my last visit I came across a bundle of embroideries. 

Our home is full of interesting and amazing objects and images that love and truth be known there isn't that much space for adding to it - sometimes I change a few things around  or swap them. So, I needed some ideas on how to use the embroideries outside of just having them on the wall - and I did come up with some ideas - this one being the most simple and straight forward to do. 

This gillet or jacket project can be sewn by sewing machine (your own or take to a dry cleaner / tailor) or with a little bit more effort sewn by hand. 

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I simply took a denim jacket. The one I decided to use had no sleeves and is perfect for the coming Spring weather. I took the embroidery from its frame (frame to be up-cycled in a later project) and simply placed it on the back of the jacket (the edges of the fabric having already been folded under). I then pinned it in to place and with my sewing machine sewed around the embroidery close to the edge. I chose a blue thread as I wanted the thread to be seen and echo the colour of the denim jacket. 

And that apart from removing pins - is it! 

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How To - Bleach A Jacket


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Evidently denim jackets are set to be big - in style, shape and fashion this coming spring. I have already been working on a few ideas over the last few months, mainly involving sewing and reworking old denim jackets that people have discarded for various reasons - holes, missing buttons, rips. 

But I had a quick idea last week with involves no sewing and is a quick and easy way to get the current trend of re-working denim - simply fake it - with bleach. 

💙All that is needed is a denim jacket, house hold bleach (I always use cheap and cheerful) and some masking tape. 💙

 Simply place the masking tape down the back of the jacket so that the edge of the tape is the in the centre.

Place over a sink as below and add bleach. Leave for up to an hour.

Take the tape off and then put into the washing machine with detergent on a 40 degree wash. 

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Quick Children's Denim Jacket Update


Denim Jacket - East London Style (Home-made), Onsie - H&M.

Denim Jacket - East London Style (Home-made), Onsie - H&M.

When Lyric was really little he was drawn to badges, also I might add people liked giving him badges. For a while I wasn't really sure what to do with them, I would attach to his t-shirt and then forget about them. Some would survive the washing machine, others wouldn't...

But then one day when Lyric and I were in Paris, foraging around the flea market. I had an idea. 

Why not attach them to something, 'a something' which would put them all together in one place. At the same time, patches were massively popular. It occurred to me that both patches and badges would be best placed on denim. Lyric and I found a child old denim jacket. Simply we washed it and from then on any badges we were given or found we put onto the denim jacket. 

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Such a simple thing and when he finally grows out of it, I have every intention of framing it. The jacket brings me immense pleasure and fond memories - all in one place. 

Please note, it doesn't have to be a denim jacket. Any item of clothing would work but a jacket works well as the pins aren't in direct contact with the skin.