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Sewing a Jacket out of a pair of LEVIS

SewingLevis | Posted in General Discussion on

Approx seven years ago, I was in a sewing store in Cuyahoga Falls, Oh. and a lady came into the store with a wonderful JACKET she made out of a pair of Levis. I was in a class and I was not able to talk to her. The jacket sleeves was made from the legs, the waist band was used down the front to snap the jacket together, the pockets from the back of the pants was used for pockets on the front of the jacket, I cannot remember what other parts she used, it was so clever and cute. I would love to have the pattern. I am wondering if anyone would be able to help me find, or make the pattern myself.


  1. Elisabeth | | #1

    What a fun idea! I think I would find a pattern in a shape/style that I liked and then see how to fit the jeans parts on the pattern pieces. Some of the jeans fabric would need to be pieced I suppose.

    1. SewingLevis | | #8

      Thank YOU... I really appreciate your help, I went to the JUNK JEANS web site and she has some patterns that will be a big help.

  2. solosmocker | | #2

    Some years back there was a woman who would appear on the Aleene craft show. She had patterns using jeans and they were marketed under a cathchy name, "Jean something or other" I can't remember. Perhaps if you try Pattern review.com they might have more info. It sounds like just what you are looking for. She had numerous styles all made from old jeans.

    1. SewingLevis | | #9

      Thank YOU... I went to the JUNK JEANS web site and I will buy a couple patterns from her, I cannot see the pictures very good but will be a big help in designing a jean jacket...SEWING LEVIS...

  3. Teaf5 | | #3

    I recently read or saw an article that detailed exactly what you described, a jacket made from jeans. The problem is that I can't remember WHERE?

    It might have been online, so try searching for "jacket made from jeans." The article I'm thinking of had numerous illustrations showing where each piece from the jeans fit into the jacket. I'll try it myself and post my results here; I'll also search my other sewing sources (a university library, public library, bookstore crafts section) for those instructions.

    1. SewingLevis | | #11

      Thank YOU... I went to the JUNK JEANS web site and I will buy a couple patterns from her, I cannot see the pictures very good but will be a big help in designing a jean jacket...SEWING LEVIS...

  4. stitchmd | | #4


    Could this be what you are thinking of?

    1. SewingLevis | | #10

      Thank YOU... I went to the JUNK JEANS web site and I will buy a couple patterns from her, I cannot see the pictures very good but will be a big help in designing a jean jacket...SEWING LEVIS...

  5. marijke | | #5

    Here's another link to patterns using old jeans


  6. georgiagg | | #6

    I remember several years ago I bought two patterns that use those jeans that you will never get back into or want to wear again.  Found them and they are Titled "Junk-Jeans"  I have a pattern for a vest and for a jacket.  I have not used the patterns but have a stack of jeans for them.  Here is the info.  CB NICKELS, copywright 1996, The "junk-Jeans" People, Rapid City SD  57702.  I bought these patterns at WAL-Mart.  Hope this helps you.

    1. solosmocker | | #7

      I think that is the name of the company I was thinking of --JunkJeans. Bunny

  7. raven2run | | #12

    Having worked with denim off and on thru the yrs let me give you a heads up. Although the project you have in mind is a fun one, very few machines can handle sewing over the demin double seams very well. You might want to try it first with some scrap denim. It can be a real hair tearing issue. I am currently struggling with that problem myself and need to find a different machine. I have no idea what to get, as all the ones I know of are whimps. Secondly you might think of getting a jacket pattern and making your own design. I got into designing my own clothing once I realized how easy that is to do. 

    1. sueb | | #13

      Hi raven2run,

      I have a juki t98e sewing machine that handles several layers of denim with no problem.  It's a heavy duty mechanical sewing machine that I got from allbrands.com  I bought it because at one point I was doing a ton of handbags and sewing over a lot of bulky seams and leather straps and my viking couldn't keep up. 



      1. raven2run | | #14

        Thanks Sue B!!

        I have had great some advice on this site I've been able to put to use. I will look into the machine you suggested. These new machines are so high tech they have no soul left. Give me a mechanical machine any day. Is that machine considered industrial? I also prefer them as well. I need something that WORKS.

        1. sueb | | #16

          It's considered a "light" industrial machine.  It's super fast though, far faster than the typical home machine - 1600 stitches per minute.  It's got no bells or whistles but it's a workhorse.   Actually a few weeks ago I added a juki hzl100 to my studio because I needed a machine with zig zag capabilities for buttonholes.  I'm very happy with it.  It's a pretty beefy machine for a computerized model and also has a high stitch speed.  I've been extremely happy with the juki products and would recommend them.  Juki actually makes a couple of the singers, janomes and bernina's - the models that are made in Japan.

      2. raven2run | | #15

        Sue~You have a nice site. Are you a weaver? I just tried to find that Juki online and found nothing. Would you double check the letters? I could only find a Juki tl98e. This must be an older machine I'm going to have to hunt around for.

        1. sueb | | #17

          I am a weaver ! 

          here's a link to the tl98e http://allbrands.com/products/abp02519-0101.html

          and here's the other machine I was talking about:



          1. raven2run | | #18

            Sue~Thanks for the links. I got into rug weaving a few yrs back. There's a fantastic teacher here with the Mendocino Art Center and the local college. I loved it so much ha! I had to quit. Knew it would get in the way of this denim project I'm wanting to make a business of. Choices choices.....


            You're doing some beautiful work!

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