I have been wanting to show my process from beginning to end with a custom piece for as long as I can remember. I have just shipped out my first large custom order of 2019 and luckily, I have the footage from this project from the beginning to the end.
Above, you can see an XXL vintage black bomber which appears to be have been a bowling tournament jacket. During the custom order process, I tend to send multiple options to my client to be sure that they have the full experience and understand the history of the garment I am reworking for them.
Up next, I purchased turquoise & gunmetal silver paint so I could dramatically alter the entire palette of this boring, old, and unused vintage item that has probably been sitting on the racks in a thrift shop for over a decade.
I also manually removed some of the tacky bowling tournament embroidery and proceeded to strategically place holographic strips of ribbon to cover it up. Following this, I also stitch ripped the seams on the sides and arms so I could prepare for tailoring and modernization.
After this, I covered up the red varsity stripes on the collar, cuffs, and hem to entirely reinvent the aesthetic to match the vision and push my futuristic approach to this vintage jacket.
After sewing up the panels, giving a second and third coat of paint, as well as adding more holographic ribbon applique, I had one last issue with this bomber- the horrid baggy, boxy, and unflattering backside which threw off the entire mood of the garment. Not to worry; after much thought and experimentation, I decided to fold, pin, and stitch a design into the backside which truly was the cherry on top and the perfect detail to bring the garment together!
See the finished product below!
Thank you for reading! I look forward to showing more in depth behind the scenes process blogs! I encourage anybody reading this to support sustainable fashion practices such as this. D.I.Y doesn’t have to be restrained to just the basic perception of what many view it as. The final product of any unused thrift garments are LIMITLESS.