DIY Denim Part Deux: The Patch Jean Jacket
|Photography by Theresa Wingert|
I love all the cool embroidery and patches that are on outerwear this year, particularly denim jackets. I wasn't really in the market for one that had emoji style patches and after searching in vain for what I really had in mind, I decided once again to take the DIY path.
I have two denim jackets; one is a Paper Denim & Cloth one with a mandarin style collar that has been a wardrobe staple for me, no matter what the season. The other jacket is a cropped, distressed AllSaints piece that is my go-to when I want an edgier look, and I decided that this would really be the perfect style jacket for my project.
Nancy's Sewing Basket on Queen Anne is a great fabric store, a locally owned family business that has been around for 38 years. Nancy's has a stellar staff, beautiful fabrics, and even a "ribbon room" that holds some of the most beautiful ribbons, silk and fur flowers and other cool notions. I went there looking for patches, and a staff member and I ended up digging through boxes and boxes of vintage pieces. I bought several vintage patches in silver and black that I thought would be great with the distressed denim. Treasure hunting!
|Checking out the photo shoot results|
Since being in Paris in June, I have been obsessing about finding a metallic pleated midi skirt and was happy to find this Zara one. The rose gold is a bit distressed and the fabric has a heavier feel that makes it appear more high end than it is. This cool skirt will be great paired with boots and a chunky cropped sweater in the fall. For now, I paired it with my new Grocerie's Apparel black tee from Mercer, and a pair of Céline wedges. To play off the blingy patches I added a stack of sparkling bracelets from Hipanema, the ultimate summer bracelets.
This is honestly one of the easiest DIY projects ever, it just is a matter of finding the right things to embellish your jacket. If you are wary of sacrificing a beloved piece to a DIY project than buy a inexpensive but trendy denim jacket to experiment on. It is worth taking the time to find patches and embellishments that you love, and the result is a on-trend jacket that is uniquely yours.