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Jeans to Jacket

Threads magazine - 191 - June/July 2017 Issue
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In her article from Threads #191 (June/July 2017), Mary Ray shares some things she learned when turning a couple of pairs of jeans into a jacket. She writes: Besides encouraging sustainability in fashion-an idea that sewers have always upheld-upcycling is just plain fun. It’s challenging to think beyond the pattern, work with limited fabric, and figure out design and construction details as you go. Repurposing is an interesting way to develop your sewing and planning skills and to see unique projects unfold before you. I was inspired by two pairs of men’s Levi’s that were well worn and faded, qualities we’ve come to appreciate in denim. Using them to make something new seemed like a good idea. I knew I wanted to make a jacket and considered how I might use various parts of the jeans before I started, but I also let the project evolve, designing as I went along. Each upcycling project is different, but I’ll share helpful strategies for breathing new life into old jeans.

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