With spring and Easter around the corner I always feel the urge to wear my favourite spring dresses with a denim jacket. However, since mine showed some usage marks and was a bit plain to begin with, I decided to customise my jacket and add some interesting details. That’s how I got the idea of distressing the fabric to add a vintage vibe and putting some interesting pins and iron on patches on to different parts of it.
The result is a unique, fun and personal item that I will wear all spring and summer. Read on to find out how to make your own distressed and customised denim jacket.
What you’ll need:
- 1 denim jacket
- Pins and iron on patches (Amazon offers a big variety of both)
- Scissors and tweezers
First, I started off by distressing different parts of the jacket. To do so, I marked the areas with two parallel lines that were a couple of inches apart and cut along them.
The denim fabric has both vertical and horizontal individual threads. To distress the fabric start by pulling out the blue vertical threads with your tweezers. (This part of the process might be a bit time consuming but is essential to get the best results.)
When you have pulled out all the vertical threads you will only have the white ones left. To make the rip look more organic take the scissors or tweezers and fray out the upper and lower edge by pulling out a few white threads from each. It should look something like this when you are done with an area:
Repeat the process on as many places as you want (P.S. The result is better if you vary the size of the distressed parts).
Now you can go on to customise the jacket by adding your iron on patches. I chose to attach the iron on patches on only one side of my jacket and decided on their placement by pinning them into place before ironing them on.
The process is fairly easy: You put a thin towel over the patches and go over the fabric with an iron until the adhesive melts and they stay in place. You can also sew around the edges of the patches to attach them more securely. Lastly, attach the pins to the jacket and that’s it already.
I hope you enjoyed this post and get inspired!