Make it (patch)work!

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Love that Tim Gunn, eh... Ok, back to the bunnies and pretty pastel things. Patchworked denim seems to be one of the upcoming summer trends. Cheap Monday introduced a 90´s spirited, flower patterned patchworked jean in their collection. I love the design as I spent my teens in the 90´s and to me this design style is very nostalgic. Pale colored pastels go well with worn light blue jeans, but of course this technique works also made with dark colors (in matching color harmonies). Sewing appliques is propably the easiest machine sewn DIY ever! When sewing appliques to jeans you can use either denim or fabric. Instead of buying new fabrics, I'd use fabric scraps or secondhand mens shirts or other cotton clothing you don´t use anymore. You do need also some fusible stabilizer fabric with lighter materials as the applique should be as strong as your garment material is. It also prevents fraying on the reverse side. If you dont have fusible stabilizer fabric, then loads of extra top stitching all over the applique to make it stronger.

Cheap Monday SS2010 floral patchworked denim by Ann-Sofie Back. Via Styletastic and NastyGal.

Cheap Monday Patchwork jeans SS2010 1
Cheap Monday Patchwork jeans 3
Cheap Monday Patchwork jeans 2

There are many applique techniques, but here are the two most used.

Classic applique First the applique fabric is strengthened with steam fusible stabilizer fabric and then cut to form. The piece is first attached with a straight stitch and finally sewn with a zig zag stitch ove the fabric edge. Tutorials at SewMamaSew. These were spotted at FaceHunter.

Patchwork denim jeans Facehunter

Sewing an Applique Stitch via

Reverse applique First the applique fabric is strengthened with steam fusible stabilizer fabric and placed inside the garment and sewn to form with a straight stitch. Then the top layer is cut inside the sewn form to expose a second layer of fabric beneath. Tutorial at That*Darn*Cat. These Dolce & Gabbana jeans are done with reverse applique.

Patchwork jeans Dolce & Gabbana SS20101
Patchwork jeans Dolce & Gabbana SS20102
Patchwork jeans Dolce & Gabbana SS20103

Inspiration, RRL / Buckleback Patchwork Denim. Via Hunky Dory Nagoya blog.

Patchwork denim jeans Buckleback

Trussardi 1911, Just Cavalli, Unique, GAP, Ralph Lauren and Balenciaga SS2010 jeans.

Patchwork denim Trussardi 1911 SS2010 2
Patchwork denim Trussardi 1911 SS2010
Patchwork denim Just Cavalli SS2010 2
Patchwork denim Unique SS2010
Patchwork denim Unique SS2010 2
Patchwork denim Ralph Lauren SS2010 2
Patchwork denim Ralph Lauren SS2010 1
Patchwork denim jeans GAP
Patchwork denim jeans Balenciaga SS2010

Dolce & Gabbana used also lace trims to decorate their SS2010 jeans.

Patchwork denim Dolce & Gabbana SS2010
Patchwork denim Dolce & gabbana SS2010

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  1. I was just thinking about appliques - and unique patchwork and this post helps tremendously - thanks!

  2. luv this.

    patch work is not always great. But this shows how it works I guess :D Thanks for sharing with us.

  3. Fredrik, true. Most DIY patchwork stuff I see online are not so fashionable. If one uses too many colors and patterns in one garment it can end up looking like clown wear, bad 60´s revival or childrenswear... But if you stay away from motifs and keep the color pattern in max. three you should be fine stylewise. :)

  4. OMG. I loved it. is beautiful with a boot like that, more rock style!