DIY Embroidered Denim

Gucci are really excelling themselves at the moment.

Alessandro Michele, the head designer, is a dream weaver. Almost everything they send out into the world makes fashion editors go weak at the knees and has each and everyone of the world’s fashionistas reaching for their plastic.

From shoes, to handbags, to leather and denim jackets, it’s all about embellishment. Embroidery, patches, buttons, studs. It’s all about individuality and expression.

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Though of course, true individuality can only be created by the individual.

So why not have a go at making your very own Alessandro inspired denim jacket?

Just think, with the money you’ll save you can pop to Italy and treat yourself to some Gucci loafers!

Vintage levis jacket diy

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 denim jacket (I went for a vintage Levis Sherpa. They’re unisex and unbelievably cosy! UK get one here, US go here)

A collection of patches (I bought mine online here, I’ll pop some of my faves below)

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Once you’ve got your ingredients have a play around and see what you like. Place the patches on the jacket and jumble them about until you’re happy.

Vintage Levis Jacket Embroidery DIY

It’s well worth buying more patches than you think you’ll need.

Some won’t look the way you expected, some of the sizing can vary and you really just never know how you feel until you see them in person.

Any extras can always become future DIYs!

Vintage Levis Jacket Embroidered DIY

I added some tattoo patches to avoid it looking like an actual Gucci jacket.

Now you need to attach them.

If you’re not much use with a needle you can go for iron-on-appliqués, but they might not last as long as ones attached with needle and thread.

In my opinion the easiest option is to unstitch the lining at the bottom of the jacket and use a machine to stitch around the outline of the patches.

If you have a little more time on your hands you can hand-stitch the patches, while watching a Netflix marathon.

And if you really don’t think your sewing skills are up to either option? Take a picture of the back of the jacket with all the patches where you want them, do the same of the front. Take the whole lot into your local dry cleaner and they’ll do it for peanuts.

Whatever you decide, once you’re done you’ll have your own personalised piece of wearable art.

Vintage Levis Embroidered Jacket DIY with denim shorts

Throw it on and head out to show it off!

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Silk shirt // Vintage Levi shorts

Converse trainers // Brown belt

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A vintage piece given a whole new lease of life!

Now I can’t stop thinking about those extra patches I have and these little shorts…

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