DIY or Do It Yourself has become very trendy in recent years. A real addiction for those who approach it, it affects many areas such as clothing, everyday products, cosmetics, etc. So, in the era of this movement, we will try to guide you in the customization of a denim jacket.
To breathe new life into a vintage piece
What could be better than DIY to give new life to a vintage jacket? To do this, various methods are available to you: add color using flash paints and to modernize it, or add patterns or fabric. Even simpler, you can simply stick on iron-on badges.
To have a garment that really suits us
But you can use DIY for a completely different purpose: to make your own creation, to take charge of your own style. In this hypothesis, you will have to dare, create a garment that will please you and that will correspond to you deep within yourself. The simplest technique in this case, is to identify in various magazines, reviews or on the internet, the patterns and trends that suit you and reproduce them!
This type of jacket is easily achievable either! Besides being easy, it also saves money. You just need to get a seam ripper, a pair of scissors or the essential tool that is the cutter and an old loose- fitting, slightly vintage denim jacket. You can also find very beautiful ones at Vestiaire Collective or Vide Dressing. By looking well in empty closets or flea markets you will surely find a beautiful vintage Levis jacket for a perfect 80s look , authentic and stylish! Then choose, at your convenience, between fine fringes or larger, coarser, at the sleeves or back and front of the denim jacket to customize.
For the thinnest, first define the exact length at which you plan to place the hem. Once done, cut to the desired height and use the seam ripper or a needle to loosen the threads of the jacket. Attention, do not climb too high so that the fraying is not disproportionate to the size of the jacket. Then equip yourself with a sewing machine to make a stopping point and avoid enlarging the fraying. Then put your jacket in the machine, for a better result.
In addition, if you dare everything for everything and you choose the fringes, you will need to give a first horizontal cutter stroke to the desired length, then cut the jacket vertically to achieve the fringes leaving about a centimeter between each bangs.
Cut the desired fringes in the scraps of fabric, then sew them on the sleeves to your liking.
Customizing your denim jacket has never been easier, especially when it comes to embroidery or fabrics . It is enough to bring lace, ribbons, fabric, etc. Make your choice between embroidering a personal message on the back of your knitted jacket, sequins and flowers on the sleeves, more elaborate patterns like pictures or drawings can also be embroidered on the back of the jacket in question. Also, for more fun, use colored pompoms that you can have at your convenience on the jacket.
To do this, bring a needle and thread, as well as a drum, a pair of scissors (thread cutter) and a fabric style allowing you to reproduce the patterns and messages more precisely. .
Use the back stitch, ideal for writing a word. Then choose the area of the jacket where you want to embroider, draw the pattern with the help of the fabric pen, then center the part to be embroidered in the center of the drum. Then prepare the thread and the needle, prick the fabric from the inside at the beginning of the word or pattern, take out the needle, then transplant 5mm further inwards. Then stitch outwards 5 mm further from the entry point, stretch the thread to transplant into the same hole as the second. Carry on.
More sophisticated, the chain stitch remains accessible to beginners. Embroidery must be started from the inside of the fabric, passing the needle and thread at one end of the pattern and then stretching the thread inward. Bring out the needle a little further by passing it through the loop of the thread, pull without forcing to tighten the chain. Carry on.
For this, you will, of course, need a denim jacket, strong glue, a pair of scissors, and various kinds of rhinestones, the color you want, even if, from my point of view , silver or pearl stands out better on jeans. Outline the shapes where you want to put the rhinestones with a pencil. Cut out the outline of the rhinestones, if these were bought already assembled, or arranged one by one on the lines you drew. Then glue them on the jacket. And now, voila !
There are various types of paints that you can apply to your fabrics to customize them.
- Acrylic paint for potted fabric is undoubtedly the easiest to use and the most often purchased. Specially designed for textiles, it is fixed thanks to the heat of an iron. However, it does not stiffen the fabric and the colors retain a uniform appearance. In addition, the colors mix quite easily, so with only the primary ones, you can make all the possible combinations.
- Acrylic paint for tube fabric, on the other hand, is the one we use at school, during plastic arts, or when we are small for leisure. It attaches naturally, without special intervention, and dries quickly. However, it may stiffen and therefore flake.
- Then there is the textile transfer paint. It comes in the form of a tube with a tip specially designed to make fine lines as if it were a felt. It is then necessary to paint the desired motif on a plastic sheet, let it dry, peel off and then fix the motif on the fabric with an iron.
- Finally, there is also a swelling textile paint. Despite a packaging similar to transfer paint, it has more varied colors and effects with a fluorescent, glittery, phosphorescent range. Quite pasty, the paint spreads in fine lines but it remains quite difficult to obtain a completely smooth surface.