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Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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Denim blue fading up to the sky

In the early 1970s, when I was in junior high school, my friends and I would compete to see who could get more patches on their jeans. At a certain point you could barely detect any denim—sort of like the girl on roller skates in this Flickr stream.

Now I patch my jeans because they have holes in them. I’ve been wearing this pair of Gap jeans for the past 12 years. As I’ve posted before, if I like something, I keep it for years. And mend it until there’s nothing left to mend.

The fabrics for the patches have all come from something else. And most are cosmic themed as that’s my thing

On my right knee is a patch made from a thrifted 1980s Laura Ashley corduroy dress (the rest of the dress is slated to become tote bags). The left knee has a Saturn patch. Saturn was made from a pair of thrifted—and then worn-out—pair of velveteen pants. Leftover fabric from the striped cotton pants I made a few months back were used for Saturn’s rings. Above Saturn is red cotton fabric with white stars last used for the lining of my Indian print bag I made from a thrifted vintage jacket

There's also a patch made from cutting up a stained and worn 1950s cotton tablecloth (which also provides interior layers when I make potholders). And some 1970s fabric that also became potholders. The back has a couple round star patches; the fabric previously used to make a tea cosy.

All these fabrics re-appear on my jeans. Me-made tea cosy, trousers, potholders (to right of lasagna), and bag.

Today I went to one of the few regular car boot sales in London. I only found one small thing, which I’ll show in a later post. For the most part, it was newish clothes, toiletries, and household items and not a whole lot of vintage. A couple things of interest.

This creepy vintage resuscitation dummy comes with inflatable lungs, a heart and its own carrying case. I liked this large vintage French school poster of ‘Les Reptiles.’

My boyfriend treated me to hair salon appointment, hence I don't look as much like a ragamuffin as I could here.

PVC ‘Chanel’-shape jacket, thrifted, Goodwill. Kerchief, present from Jennie of Frocktasia. Jeans, purchased on sale at Gap a dozen years ago. Clogs, thrifted, Goodwill and painted by me. Woven belt free at a clothing swap. Bag, purchased on sale 20 years ago and painted by me (more cosmic motifs). Bangles purchased in India.

Linking up to the 100th edition of Visible Monday. That’s a lot of visibility!

Reader Comments (11)

I always wanted a pair of pants with patches on them, never happened. I love the look. Very nice how you incorporated items from your home to highlight your jeans. The lasagna looks delicious. Found you via Visible Monday.

Barbara @ www.allmylivesnow.com

Love the patches and their histories. I think old jeans are the best! Thanks for linking up to Visible Monday.

Thanks to those patches your jeans now look unique and more interesting! That woman's head on the photo looks really creepy...

June 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

Those jeans and the story behind the patches are fantastic! Your hair looks wonderfully chic and pretty, too.
Loving the resuscitation dummy, did you buy it or was she prohibitively expensive? xxx

June 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVix

Cool look, I love it! Visiting from Visible Monday, drop by mine when you can :)

MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES (a fashion and life-style blog)

June 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrs C

Love the jeans! I especially like the Saturn patch - just fab!
I would have been tempted to buy the scarey dummy....

June 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

It's so nice to see patches on jeans - nobody does it any more do they? It's particularly nice to be able to reuse fabrics that meant something to you.

June 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfreckleface

I love patched jeans too, and the Saturn patch is a particularly great idea. You look very 1970s cool, lIke Ali Macgraw!
I like the weird resus dummy, she's hilarious. What did you buy, Jo? Don't tease! xxxx

June 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

I love that jacket! You look very cool.

I feel like I should try harder with sewing. I have lots of bits of fabric that I would love to use, but I get so (sew) frustrated with sewing. You're lucky you enjoy it and have such an eye for remaking things.

June 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVal Sparkle

I loved reading about the history of your pants. And, wow, that is one freaky resuscitation head. Whaa? Really, seriously freaky. I thought at first it was a wig stand. And great Chaneleque PVC jacket.

June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Lovely celestial elements ... very you. Great with your leather jacket ... keeps it in the 21st century, but only as much as you want! Great stuff.

June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan Graham-McMillen

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