When I bought these distressed jeans about 7 years ago I thought they were pretty hip. Then one day after walking the dog a couple of weeks ago I looked at myself in the mirror and decided they didn’t look cool anymore. They just looked old and crappy.
I know there are lots of people that still like distressed jeans, I have another couple of pairs that I will never give up, but these ones just weren’t working for me anymore. They made me feel like a bum.
So I decided to DIY the crap out of those jeans and turn them into the “latest and greatest” patchwork jean trend. I think this is about the 3rd time I’ve lived through that trend.
Don’t believe that BS if you lived through it the first time you don’t get to do it again.
Do what you want.
Put patches on your jeans!
Life is too short to worry about naysayers telling you what to do or wear.
If you don’t have ripped jeans that need help just go to your local thrift store and buy some for $2 and turn them into some uber chic designer jeans.
If you don’t believe me look at these ones selling for a mere $800! What???
Now go and sell your new designer creations on Etsy.
Build a wildly successful home business
and make a million bucks.
Heck make 10 million bucks!
Who is stopping you?
Someone needs to pay me for all these great ideas.
And by someone I mean you, of course,
when you make your
million 10 million bucks…
don’t forget the little people when you’re all rich and famous!
How to DIY Patchwork Jeans
It is so flippin’
complicated simple you will die.
Even my pug could do it.
Of course she didn’t. She didn’t even bother to wake up from snoring to help.
But I’m sure the thought was there.
Or maybe she was just thinking about bacon.
Same thing, really.
difficult easy it is making my brain melt.
Do you like patchwork style jeans?
Or have you lived through the trend one too many times?
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy – What I Wore, I Feel Pretty, My Girlish Whims Throwback Thursday – Happiness at Midlife
Heather Lindstrom says
You look fabulous, as always, Suzanne! I love your patchwork vibe and your entrepreneurial attitude! Sorry to hear the pug didn’t help, but obviously you didn’t need him. You have the best ideas and I appreciate your ‘how to’ posts.
PS-I have a fun giveaway going on at Styelmindchic Lifestyle-I hope you enter!! 😉
Ah…don’t you look so cute!!! And the jeans look fantastic. I don’t do distressed jeans. I think it’s a great look on other people, but when I’ve tried it I just never feel comfortable and end up changing.
two birds says
Do you want to hear something pathetic? I have loved this look for so long, but have never though to do it myself. I am going to now, so thank you for the fabulous inspiration!
You know how much I love patchwork! These look great, you’ve chosen some groovy fabric, too. xxx
So freaking cute! I will send you a mill, after I get my ten mill, why not share?? xox
See, now there’s the difference between you and me; you actually do the DIY while I never get around to doing the DIY. Well, most of the time. I am working on a beaded necklace. I used to love crafting, but dancing has taken over my life!
LOVE your hair! I agree that just because you lived through it the first time, doesn’t mean you can’t do it again. SHEESH! I’ll do as i like!
Brilliant! I remember all those fabulous patches I sewed on my “bell bottoms”. Since I’ve never liked the distressed look, I think you’re rockin’ these jeans! Way to go. And when I win the lottery, I’ll cut you in!
Natalia Lialina says
I just love it!! You did such a wonderful job, and you look sooooooo fun and beautiful! Love the whole outfit, and thank you for sharing your brilliant idea! xxxx
Happiness at Mid Life says
Great idea!! I liked that you used a couple pieces of coordinating patterns / colors to play with. I love how your purple jacket brings out the purple in the patches. BTW, admiring all your great leather jackets!
Sylvia @ 40PlusStyle says
How fun Suzanne. Very creative and you look great in these jeans. Love your whole outfit with the hat, jacket etc.
Can you also do a tutorial on your hair? The curls look fab!
Oh man! that is too funny- I just patched up a bunch of my husbands work Jeans (he’s a very big and tall guy- so finding jeans that fit is not easy- and he actually works in them so they get worn out fast- patching is the easiest way to keep him clothed without breaking the bank) It’s been a year or two since I’d done any patching though -and he was shocked at how much attention he was getting from them! people were stopping him to say they loved his Jeans! I didn’t really believe him until I see your post- that is exactly what his pants look like- I usually use one print- an olive green and Khaki Hawaiian floral- then denim- by using the backside of the denim as well as the front I get three colour variations- more prints definitely make it seem more feminine.
Yes, I adore these, and Yes, I remember loving and wearing these eons ago.
I am so glad you brought these to my attention, they looks like fun to wear, and I love feeling nostalgic,
You look great in these and did a damned good job, btw of duping those farfetch creations!
I do like that site, even though the prices are stupid.
LOVE these, great DIY.
This is super cute. Inspiring, too! This gives me a lot of good ideas, but then I realize how utterly freaked out I am at the thought of cutting up my clothing. Haha. I’m prone to making mistakes, you see. I’ll find an old pair of jeans I don’t care about and mess that one up first, maybe…hehe 😀
Great patchwork, I love the prints. Oh good grief, as we get older, we’ve seen and worn it ALL before, so you just have to get on with it and rework those trends however the hell you like! Love the boots and the leather coat – now that’s how to look cosy but very stylish, Suzanne! xxx
I kind of like the patchwork jean look, even though I’m not a blue jean person, but I would never get around to actually doing the work. Can I say how much I am loving your curls?!! The photo of you with the purple leather jacket is just the coolest – the whole outfit, from the gorgeous boots to your hat, all comes together perfectly. Great styling!
No Fear of Fashion says
What a clever girl you are. Mow I am not a fan of patchwork, on jeans or on anything, but you do look terrific in them. The sweater and boots make me drool as well. And that purple leather coat. Is that new too? You know how much I like coloured coats.
When you say “sew the patches on the jeans”, you mean by hand? As I think otherwise you have to take them apart first.
Again, great outfit.
I love this DIY! I was actually thinking of doing the same thing, because I love the patchwork look, but am not paying a bazillion dollars for it. Love, love, love! Also, your curly hair!!! So pretty.
What a great DIY! Ill have to dig up an old pair of jeans from my closet and try this! xo Andrea
Gnome Lover says
I love what you did with the jeans. I used to love patched jeans. I was happy to see it made a come back. I like how you look modern and chic in yours. You should model some of the patcyed jeans on other websites. You make them look so cool! I like them so much better on you than I have seen on recent models.
So Fun! I saw the similar pair at anthro and thought, what a fun idea but there was no way I was going to pay close to $200 for patchwork jeans. Think I’ll now go do some shopping in my closet.
Lookin’ very cool, funky and boho, Suzanne; I luv it!
You are always so amazing, dear Suzanne, I loved that even your pug could do it 🙂 I had to smile! Last week was not so good, I had ups and downs, like everyone else, and so, smiling is a good thing! You are so right! Let’s have 10 million bucks businesses! Let’s do something to change what we don’t like! These words and feelings are so important to reach goals! I loved your jeans! I never had ripped ones, but I like patchwork style. I have some from thee past (everything comes back) and am going to wear some other pairs “home made” soon! You look so beautiful, I really really loved your jeans! Hope you have a nice week! Bisous!