I am a big fan of the denim jacket refashion. It all started with Anthropologie and their Kunstenaar Denim Jacket. Loved it, loved it, loved it but the price was prohibitive at $388 USD so I needed to create my own version. At that time I came up with my "Well Travelled Rock Chick" Denim Jacket. I adored this jacket as it was edgy and retro but I knew that I would one day use the same idea to create something that was like a work of art. It was just a matter of finding the right panel to sew into the back of a denim jacket. Now I must admit that I have had a few false starts along the way. I have purchased vintage fabric and even a 1950's flour sack with gorgeous retro images for this refashion, yet none of these were perfect. Yesterday I managed to find the most beautiful Irish linen tea-towel with a floral image that popped. Finally I found perfection.
So here is Penelope Hanger posing alluringly in a half shadow showing the front of the jacket.
And here is the panel that is going to be transformed. Now this jacket only cost me $3.00 in a thrift store.
Here is my work of art. This is a beautiful Irish linen tea-towel that I picked up for $1.00. Obviously it has been stored away for a long time so I am going to have to iron out the folds.
So I roughly centre it along the middle back panel of the jacket. I want elements of the purple and orange iris.
I am going to pin it to the double stitching
I pin the fabric to the jacket and then use my finger as a guide to feel for the outer edge of the double stitching. With a marker I start tracing.
Then I start cutting
I sew this beautiful linen in place.
My linen is going to fray so I need to edge it with this faux navy blue bias binding. Again another thrift store find
At this stage I pin my faux bias binding. I am trying to create somewhat of a window to the garden.
Wow.....those colours pop!
"Iris in Bloom" enjoying an overgrown bush garden.