Denim Jacket

Why Recycle Denim


I have worked with denim as a fabric in dressmaking. I have also used denim as a material to recycle, by which I literally take garments made from denim and remake them.

I great example of this is when I split 2 or more pairs of jeans down the front and back of each leg and then swop the pieces over.

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I have taken denim jackets and used the same approach. Simply cutting two packets in half and swop the left of jacket 1 for the left side of jacket 2. Simply two jackets makes two jackets and all you loose is the seam allowance down the back (approx. 1 inch if that).

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Denim is an easy and great fabric to recycle. It is robust and easy to cut. seams can be left raw and it will fray with great effect but still be wearable. Foe example simply cutting an old pair of jeans into a city short (knee length) or a classic beach short can be done with some sharp scissors and no sewing. The raw edge will fray for up to an inch but after that it will maintain its shape and stop fraying.

A little added information about denim - Named after Nímes in France. It is a hard wearing, twill weave fabric with a coloured warp and white weft, usually as we know made into jeans. Available in various weights, which when recycled only gets better and softer with age. Denim is known for being blue as its original origin but also can come in other colours. Denim take dye well and can bleached. 💙


Two Denim Jackets That Give You 4 Jackets!


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I had this idea to spilt denim jackets in half and be able to reattach a different half. I have tried this numerous times with zips but I could never get the zips to sit flat - not sure if it’s my sewing skills or the fact that I use different weights of denim… dodgy excuse even to my ears - zips aren’t my greatest skill set!

Anyway, totally unexpectedly my subconscious came with the answer. Popper studs. I’d previously bought a length of popper studs to make bodysuits and by the time they arrived I’d gone off the idea (maybe nows the time to relight that idea!). So I decided to use the popper studs (which come in a length of black tape) to reattach the two pieces to make a complete jacket.

Jacket 1.

Jacket 1.

Jacket 1 & 2 combined - front.

Jacket 1 & 2 combined - front.

The other halves combined - front.

The other halves combined - front.

Jacket 2.

Jacket 2.

Jacke 1 & 2 Combined - back.

Jacke 1 & 2 Combined - back.

The other halves combined -back.

The other halves combined -back.


Distressed Half And Half Jacket


Denim jacket - East London Style (Home-made), Joggers - MM6, Trainers - Onitsuka.

Denim jacket - East London Style (Home-made), Joggers - MM6, Trainers - Onitsuka.

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I have been cutting jackets in half down the centre back and re sewing them together in different ways for a while. Its a cool and easy thing to do. Many other designers are also looking to do a very similar thing, for example SJYP have made this fantastic jacket...

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I love the contrast of the blue and white denim - white denim being actually very hard to get second hand or in a vintage form. So a little light bulb 💡went off in my head - why not try bleaching... Design Project to follow shortly but for now I couldn't help showing it off!