In case you find yourself with some extra time over the Christmas holidays and are looking for a fun DIY, this post is for you!
During the last fashion week in NYC, all the fashion editors were wearing the Junya Watanabe patchwork jeans.
This jean sold out entirely and the other day I was working with a lot of swatches of plaid for a little project, remember this post?
So, I had all these extra swatches of various plaids and decided to do a patchwork diy. As soon as I saw the pile of swatches sitting there, I knew I had to make a version of the Junya Watanabe patchwork jeans.
If you have a sewing machine, it’s super easy, just takes some time to create!
Just grab a pair of your boyfriend’s jeans, a few swatches of various plaids, scissors, thread, and pins, then your ready to make your own patchwork jeans.
Choose your swatches.
The ones I’m using are mostly poly/wool blended so that they wash well. I’m also using some pure wool swatches, but they have been pretreated to be machine washable. You want to be careful if you select wool blends to insure that they are machine washable. You can also use poly blends, and cotton blends to insure easy care.
Create your swatch layout on the jean. Play around to see what you like best with the color combos.
(PS, yes that is the Isabel Marant for H&M scarf from the collaboration)
Take a picture of your layout so you don’t forget!
Remove the swatches. If the edges are pinked and the fabric is one that won’t heavily fray, you can plan to sew them directly onto the jean without preparing the edges further.
If you feel the fabric will fray, then fold the edges over with 1/4 edge seam allowance and sew to create a neat, clean edge.
I’ve pinked the edges on the wool swatches, and folded over the wool/poly swatches and sewn them.
Now your ready to start sewing!
Keep in mind that your layering the swatches over each other, so start to sew the swatch that’s on the bottom of the layout first, layering over that swatch with the next one in your layout.
Sooooo, there you have it! Even though the highly coveted, Junya Watanabe patchwork jeans sold out and are no longer available, you can make your own!
These shots were taken in Dublin. I thought the jeans turned out so cute that I took them with me for a quick trip there, tell you more about that soon:)
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