It is almost certain that at one point or another most of us have sewn on a button or two. Maybe during Home Economics classes in high school we made a pin cushion or some sort of oven glove. So how many of us have made and apron, a shirt or the Holy Grail, our own pair of jeans? Perhaps there are some unsung proficient sewers out there but for the most part, for the majority of us the aforementioned achievements are where our accomplishments as seamstresses and tailors end. However, for a few the interest and passion for creating something from the constituent parts motivates them to work wonders. For Taylor Hackbarth creating an apron was just the beginning. He is on a mission to create his whole wardrobe, from scratch, himself.
I’m probably not the only denimhunter who’s into vintage motorbikes too. To me, denim clothes and old bikes are in fact part of the same mind set and culture, they’ve stood the test of time and they don’t have to prove themselves or change every other day; we love them for what they are. When I’m on my bike (a ’79 Kawasaki Z650) I want to feel safe, but at the same time I want to be me. I care about what I wear, how it feels and how I look – also when I get off the bike. No one really likes to wear a pair of tight-fitted leather pants on a hot summer day, you want to wear denim!
Someone told me that secondhand denim shopping in Amsterdam was nothing to write home about, but after visiting the city I beg to differ. Sure it’s not like London, Paris and Berlin, but you can still find some decent vintage shops. Zipper is one of such – actually there’s two of them. This is where I found my 1983 Levi’s redlines. Have a look inside one of shops for yourself.
In this article, Swedish denim enthusiast Timmy Persson will take you through eleven basic steps of making the pattern for jeans. As Timmy already has a basic pattern he is going to show you how to do it on a smaller scale at first. Timmy is blogging on his Blue Thimble Denim blog, and besides sewing his own jeans he is soon doing an internship with Indigofera. Please welcome the latest addition to the Denimhunters.
For vintage lovers, Paris is a fantastic city. I went there myself for the first time in August 2011 and found this treasure. On almost every street you’ll find vintage shops with bountiful selections and cheap prices that will make the hunt a feast. Close to the junction of Rue de Rivoli and Rue Vieille du Temple is a blandly looking second-hand shop that turned out to be a cornucopia of treasures.
In recent years, selvage has become synonymous with vintage jeans and is often interpreted as an indicator of high quality denim. But what do the white edges on the cuffs really mean and what’s all the fuzz about?