Vintage Denim

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.


Back To School


We made it. We made the coach, we ran. 

Jeans - East London Style (Home-made), Dress - Vintage Dead Stock, Jacket - Isabel Marant, Trainers - Nike.

Jeans - East London Style (Home-made), Dress - Vintage Dead Stock, Jacket - Isabel Marant, Trainers - Nike.

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I can't believe the summer is over. I love spending time with Lyric, he is a joy to spend time with and a fun travelling companion. But with the summer holiday comes a lack of time or at least I loose time and this blog looses its self... 

But I'm back and I have a new schedule. I have decided to try achieving tasks, jobs, chores and the fun stuff in 30 minute slots. So I write this with a timer next to me, I don't have to finish but I am going to stick with one thing for half an hour and whatever I achieve is great. The idea is that I can manage big jobs by breaking them down into manageable amounts. 

And each half hour achieved is a bonus and to be celebrated 💕.


Denim Shorts


Shorts - Dead stock Notting Hill, Blouse - Traid Kingsland Road, Boots - Isabel Marant.

Shorts - Dead stock Notting Hill, Blouse - Traid Kingsland Road, Boots - Isabel Marant.

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A few years ago I stumbled along upon a shop in Notting Hill that sold dead stock from the 70's and 80's. I tend not to go shopping there too often as I have a tendency to get over excited. At the start of the summer holidays I popped in to treat myself and the owner mentioned he had a bag of old denim shorts. They were old jeans from the 70's that had been worn out and in the 80's cut into shorts and patched. They were super cool and at £5 a pair it was hard to not to explode with denim happiness! 

Dead stock definition - Brand new, never worn and from a decade before or earlier.


Milkshake, Shorts & Sunshine 👓


Crazy Shake T-shirt - Black Tap NYC, Shorts - East London Style (Home-made), Trainers - Adidas.

Crazy Shake T-shirt - Black Tap NYC, Shorts - East London Style (Home-made), Trainers - Adidas.

Taking the time to make the most of a few moments of the sun, whilst also re-living our recent trip to New York where we are the greatest fortune to find Black Tap

If your ever in NYC and fancy a burger and a 'crazy shake'... yes, thats the milk shake below! 

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Or even just a milk shake then this is the place to go. 

Quick link to 'how to alter your shorts' like the ones above can be found here

Now off to enjoy the sun 😎 x


The Easy Army Surplace Shirt - Jacket


Jacket - Army Surplace custom altered, Jeans - East London Style, Shoes - Miista, T-shirt - Whistles.

Jacket - Army Surplace custom altered, Jeans - East London Style, Shoes - Miista, T-shirt - Whistles.

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I am a huge fan of Army surplus clothing. It is practical (obviously), made to last, easy to clean and like denim is made from strong fabrics that allow huge scope for dying, recycling, bleaching and easy to sew. 

I also love high waisted jeans, I make them super snug and high waisted for myself. It is easy to show the waist with a crop top but I'm afraid my confidence isn't quite at the exposed crop top stage so I found a military shirt in Brooklyn New York recently that been shortened and I think its such a great idea! It can worn over a body, t-shirt as a cropped shirt or as a loose jacket. 

Shortening a shirt can be done by hand or by sewing machine and as always can be alternated at home or a local tailors or even dry cleaners. I love the idea of using the shortened shirt and wearing it as a 50's style drop jacket - even rolling the sleeves up or cutting them into a 3/4 length. 


Sunday Shopping - Research Resources


Trench - Charity Shop, Jeans - East London Style (Home-made), Trainers - Adidas.

Trench - Charity Shop, Jeans - East London Style (Home-made), Trainers - Adidas.

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When I am looking for information on an item of clothing or piece of textiles there are as we all know loads of information of the internet but I cant help but be a hopeless romantic and love a good book. I find flicking the pages, scanning them for images or words that resinate with what I'm after, often finding things up out at me that I'm not directly looking for but are pleasing to the brain. 

Obviously if we bought every book we wanted or thought we needed it would be incredibly expensive and storage would and could be an issue - however there are a couple of options that make using books less expensive and fun. 

The local library - I love our local Dalston library. It's a great space to find books, music, etc but also to work, there are reading clubs and writing groups and even a comic club - so cool! 

The local charity shops - as you can see below I found some great books on unday from our local Oxfam. Two books on textiles, an old fashion magazine and a book on silent screen actors. All of which provided me with a great source of inspiration and knowledge -costing the grand total of £1.96 which is less than a coffee in some places... 

When these books are finished with there a couple of options, give them back to the charity shop and let someone else use them, give them to a friend, sell them on... or keep them. 

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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! 


How To Age A Wrangler Denim Jacket 💙


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I recently bought this Wrangler Denim Jacket from a charity shop for £10. I was drawn to it because the denim was worn in it, but yet still full of life. The fabric is soft to touch but are no sign of holes or frayed fabric AND lets be honest if you shopping charity shops then you'll maybe have noticed good second hand denim jackets are becoming hard to get your hands.

I am always intrigued when I buy something second hand as to where it came from. Hand made clothing is obviously more unique and harder to pinpoint its history. Anything with a label gives us clues to find out more information. 

With the internet as a resource it is fairly easy to search and investigate the age of origin of a garment. A great resource is The Vintage Fashion Guild website. They have a resource called Label Resource - It is amazing! In fact for label information this is my 'go to'.

Distinguishing features such as labels are an immediate point of reference but you can also find vital clues by looking at design details - these can be found in the cut of the clothing, the type of stitches used in the construction and surface decoration of the garment, the buttons, pocket details, even the style of the collar. 

On the web there are some great resources that I use regularly such as - 

However a sneaky (not really) and great way to find information is look on websights that sell vintage clothing. The likely hood is that there is going to be a similar or same garment being sold somewhere in the world that matches what your looking for. 

The overall jacket shape can throw up clues. Slanted pockets and a dagger collar

The overall jacket shape can throw up clues. Slanted pockets and a dagger collar

Look at the labels - these are a great way of identifying the age of a garment, as companies change these details through the course of their life span,

Look at the labels - these are a great way of identifying the age of a garment, as companies change these details through the course of their life span,

Pocket shape and design can also give clues as the design can be trademarked.

Pocket shape and design can also give clues as the design can be trademarked.

Distinguishing buttons. Buttons are similar to labels. The branding of these can change to ring changes through decades or time periods. 

Distinguishing buttons. Buttons are similar to labels. The branding of these can change to ring changes through decades or time periods. 

I was able to idetlyify that this denim jacket was most probably made in the late 1970's. My reasons for saying this go as follows - 

✭ A dagger collar is a classic 1970 design feature. ✭ The slanted pocket design is found in many late 1970's and early 1980's designs. ✭ The shade of denim is brighter than an early 1970's wash but not quite in the fashion of the 1980's. ✭ Resources from the Vintage Fashion Guild would indicate 1970's.

I would there fore be very happy to 'age' this jacket as a late 1970's / very early 1980's 


PreLoved Kilo Sale Comes To Hackney


Jacket & Gillet - Pre Loved Kilo Sale.

Jacket & Gillet - Pre Loved Kilo Sale.

If you love vintage clothing and you love a bargain that there is no better event to attend than the Pre Loved Kilo Sale.

Advertised as 6 tonnes of preloved, vintage and retro clothing by weight. Only £15 per kilo. two cities every weekend! These can be found on their Facebook page. 

Every time the Pre Loved Kilo Sale comes to the Hackney Round Chapel, I make the effort to go - and it always pays off.

Yesterday I popped into the sale knowing that I didn't really need anything. I've been mulling over a project reusing denim jackets...  There were rails of dresses, blouses, jackets, you name it, but knowing I have enough clothes I stayed clear and just hit the denim jackets rails - I thought I might as well see if there's anything I could reuse.

Jackpot! 

On entry you pay £1.50 and your given a large, clear plastic bag - simply select what you want to buy, pop it (minus the hanger) into your bag and when you've finished - go to the weigh and pay area - and pay.

I managed to control myself and came away with 5 jackets, which price-wise works out as follows -

1 Kilo = £15 

5 Denim jackets weighed in at 3 Kilos = £45 = £9 A jacket - not bad!