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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Magical Boro Inspired Jean Jacket with Belt Closure - Paganoonoo Post

I really love the subtle color blocking.



This jacket was inspired by Japanese Boro clothing.  

I find the utilitarian nature of the garments appealing and the patchwork and repair process fascinating. I did not have garments that need extensive repair, but did have jeans in different stages of life.  

I ran across a white waffle robe with a Stanford University logo and thought it would be a good foundation for building a kimono jacket. 

I decided to use the jeans to build this Boro inspired jacket by piecing them together on top of the waffle robe. 











The thing that is amazing, even magical about this jacket is that it looks good on such a wide variety of people.  I wish I'd taken pictures of all of the men and women who have tried it on and it seemed to look just right on large, medium and small people of both sexes.  

The circle on the upper back is to hide an ugly a grease stain. 
I always try to turn a stain into a feature.
The rugged nature of the jacket called out for a complementary closure so I used part of a man's belt. 

Here is the inside front of the jacket.  The original waffle robe lining only extends part way down the sleeve.  This is so the bottom of the sleeve does not become too stiff and retains fluid movement. A pocket was added using an original jean back pocket.  The red stripe is bias tape used to finish off the join between the lining and jacket facing.
Here is the inside back.  You can see all of the sewing
attaching the pieces and quilting the sections.
 I'm on the lookout for another waffle robe.
HAPPY UPCYCLING!
Posted by Michelle Paganini, designer for Paganoonoo

3 comments:

Carissa said...

The scrappy, recycled nature of this jacket is great, but I think the upcycled belt closure is my favorite part. Awesome!

-Carissa
EOD

Vintagethrifter51 said...

You are so amazingly creative, love this jacket and the closure is awesome. Cheers, Michele

jenny_o said...

I love this - you've inspired me in a whole new direction! What a fantastic garment.