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Saving the Planet With Inspiration From Versace

Get that sewing machine ready because I have another exciting and eco-friendly, designer-inspired project: a denim shirt-style jacket.

As you may know from my Instagram, I have a love for patterned fabrics and clothing. I am also a fan of Versace, especially the high fashion brand’s geometric-patterned, black-and-white garments. A truly unisex design idea, the bold Versace look will never go out of style.

The Versace 2013 fall/winter collection featured black-and-white patterned garments for men and women. Photo: DesignScene.net

To create my jacket, I have combined my love of those geometric patterns and black-and-white color schemes with my passion for quilting and planet-friendly projects.

Ideas for a Versace-inspired jacket
JW’s inspiration board for a Versace-style jacket draws from a variety of images found online. Sources (clockwise from top left): Pinterest, TheRealReal.com, Pinterest, Vogue.com, TheRealReal.com, and 1stDibs.com.

What You’ll Need

For this jacket project, all you need is several pairs of secondhand jeans in black and in white. You could easily do this project with shirting fabric, if you desire to work with lightweight materials instead.

Keep in mind that each pair of jeans will not be the same shade, so match the best you can. Alternatively, you can go for a look that will incorporate a variety of shades. You’ll also want to take note of whether the jeans are made of stretch or coated denim. These fabric qualities may frustrate and hinder your sewing and ironing.


When working with any fabrics you will be pairing with the white jeans—secondhand or new— you’ll want to prewash them separately and multiple times. Colors from other fabrics and garments, even a little, can bleed and be easily visible on that white denim.

Also make sure your iron has been cleaned, as any substance on the…

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