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DIY up-cycled patchwork denim jacket

Hey yall sorry these posts have been so sporadic, the end of the year is always so busy.

This week I tried my hand at something I've been seeing a lot of and coveting. Upcycling. I see so many people going to thrift stores and picking up vintage garments making them completely new. It gives them a chance to be innovative while using a sustainable resource, but I've always thought "you know what I'm not able to look at something that's already made and see something else." Well---I was wrong.

I'm on a bit of a fabric buying cleanse----plus I have 2 large space saver bags full of scraps and things in my closet I don't wear so I had no excuses not to try it.

First for the base pattern: I took some chambray fabric, and a blue tribal print batik fabric I had in my stash and mocked up a shirt dress. The more I worked on it the more I figured I wanted it to be more like a denim jacket.

Then the accent: I had these ripped jeans in my closet that always fit me a little weird so I decided to cut them up. I really wanted to utilize the frayed part in strategic way so for the front leg pieces I laid them on top of the pink Chambray to create a peek-a-boo effect. Then I used a zig-zag stitch to attach the patches all the way around the border, then around the frayed part. I tried to use as much of the jeans as possible using the two leg fronts like patches and attaching them to the back.

The sleeves: I took the bottom leg of the jeans and frayed the edges I had just cut and used them for the lower half of the sleeves. They were already frayed at the hem and had a little cutout that I found visually interesting so they were perfect for this part. Then I used the waistband as an accent on the sleeves. I'm in love with how it came out and can't wait to do more projects like this.

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