Denim Project

Easy Recycle Project To Upgrade A Denim Jacket


Denim Jacket - East London Style (home made), T-shirt - Coke Cola

Denim Jacket - East London Style (home made), T-shirt - Coke Cola

I love working on all sorts of projects, some are long and lengthy and there is a real enjoyment in seeing something grow. However sometimes I want a quick fix. Generally when I feel like this - I chop the leg hems off a pair of jeans and wash them, giving them an instant new finish.

The same can be applied to denim jackets…

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With this jacket I simply cut the arms off and folded back the fabric about an inch and a half and sewed in place. The only thing to do than is wash, this will roughen up the edge and create a great finish.

Note also with this jacket I added pockets. Now, when I am looking at recycling jeans there are certain areas that can’t be patched - the crotch - and when this has happened I use the denim as a piece of fabric. I will take off any features that can be used else where - pockets are great to reuse!

With this jacket I just added them, the only thing that stopped me adding more was the weight of the jacket. I simply placed the pocket on the jacket and sewed around the sides and bottom of the pocket thus allowing the pocket to still be of use 😊.

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Mis-Matched Easy Sew Denim Jacket


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This jacket is super easy to make and is a great example of how you can change and re-style its of clothing time after time. 

Initially I bleached half a denim jacket using the technique 'How To Bleach A Jacket', then when I had got bored of wearing it this way I decided to chop the bottom off the original jacket and add the bottom of another jacket to it. 

The easy to thing to do is find the centre back of each jacket and place these together and pin. When you sew them together it is best to start from this centre point and work outwards towards the front. I.e sewing half at a time. 

I decided to over lap and simply placed the jacket top on top of the bottom jacket and ran a siege line of running stitch along it to keep in place. 

To achieve the ragged and worn finish I simply put the finished jacket in the washing machine with some fabric conditioner for a quick wash and then left to air dry. 

I love the way that the top and bottom aren't matching sizes! 

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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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Festival Butterfly Sequin Denim Jacket - Easy Recycle Job


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A denim jacket is one of the easier items of clothing to recycle - there are so may things to do dying, bleaching, patching...

The reason why it is so easy is that it is easy to lie the item flat. The jacket I am using is one that I made by taking two jackets splitting them down the centre back and then reattaching the opposite pieces. You can use any type of jacket, fancy, fun or classic. 

I then took a sequin top that had seen better days and unattached the side and shoulder seams. 

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I simply placed the segue top on to the back of the denim jacket attacking it along the arm hole and shoulders and across the centre back of the jacket, letting the rest of the sequin top to hang freely. 

Festival ready ☀️!

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Super Easy Bleach & Over Dyed Denim Jacket


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This is a super easy way to update any denim jacket and add some colour in to your spring and summer (when it arrives ☀️) wardrobe.

Just take a denim jacket and place it in a sink or bucket that you don't mind having bleach in. I would recommend wearing latex or rubber gloves, as a protective barrier.

Simply place the jacket in the bucket or sink and add bleach - any bleach will do. I used a large quantity and aimed to cover most of the jacket. I rubbed the bleach in gently wearing my gloves ✋ but didn't worry too much about totally covering the whole jacket. 

Keep an eye on the jacket, you can see the colour being removed fairly quickly. I suggest leaving it for 1-2 hours maximum.

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Then wearing your gloves, take the jacket out of the bleach and place in the washing machine.

I like to add washing powder and wash on a 40 degree wash - our washing machine does this on a 45 minute wash and generally the bleach smell is removed. As we are over dying afterwards, the jacket actually gets a second wash so this will remove the bleach smell.

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Having washed the jacket, allow if to dry.

Then I used Dylon Peony Pink machine dye. These dyes are great as they contain the fixative - salt and there fore you do not need to add anything else. Place the jacket and the dye powder into the washing machine. Again I use the 40 degree wash. When the wash has finished simply hang out to dry 💕.

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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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Jeans Pocket Update


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I only just came across this photograph reference ctreasury from Instagram. I believe it is photograph taken from New York fashion week 2018. 

What I do know is that it is genius. I love it! I'm not advocating you chop up all your widely expansive handbags but what about the ones we see in charity shops thats are fake? Or what about a scarf that you no longer wish to use? 

Before we discard items of clothing, it is worth thinking about re-purposing, chopping them up, changing the use...

I know next on my 'sewing list' is making a pair of these jeans - I just need to find 'the thing' that needs re-purposing and its a job done!