I don’t really do alot on my days-off from work. I usually love staying at home and go abouts my business doing some arts & crafts project. This time around I decided to revitalise an old denim jacket that was a hand-me-down. I initially only wanted to paint the back panel of my jacket but I decided to take it a step further by sewing patches of patterned fabric onto it as well. I am doing this project in an ad-hoc manner without much planning, plus I have never done this before too so I can't say how this will turn out (who knows).
Materials: heavy body acrylic, textile medium, invisible tape, sewing machine, fabric scissors, pieces of fabric, dresser's pins, pen marker, pencil and paint brush
Denim Jacket front
Denim Jacket front
Denim Jacket back
Denim Jacket back
Painting
I don't really know why I chose to draw a leopard (I guess everyone is doing it) but I started painting that first. Afterwards I took to social media for suggestions on what to pair with the leopard. Surprisingly the DMs were mostly suggesting for a woman/ sexy lady or mouse. It is taking me some time to sketch out a mouse but the lady is coming along alright.
I have never intentionally gotten paint on fabric for aesthetic purposes so I am mostly experimenting with the acrylic + textile medium on denim  in this project. So far the paint is holding up alright after drying & light wet scrubbing (but I suppose most paint stain clothes anyways).
leopard illo process - 1
leopard illo process - 1
leopard illo process - 2
leopard illo process - 2
leopard illo process - 3
leopard illo process - 3
leopard illo process - 4
leopard illo process - 4
lady illo process - 1
lady illo process - 1
lady illo process - 2
lady illo process - 2
Button sewed onto kitty
Button sewed onto kitty
Sunny side up
Sunny side up
Botched sewing
Botched sewing
The painting isn't finished yet so will provide update on it later.
Sewing + Finishing
I think the floral pattern trend is phasing out now but I still quite like it. I use a bit of flowers & plants in some of my other artworks, so I thought to keep the denim jacket in theme. My mother and I went to buy 1.5 metre of fabric (featuring roses) that looked like it came from somebody's old couches from the 50s. I wanted something that looked old-school and vintage but not, if that makes sense.
My sister helped me setup the sewing machine and taught me the basics of using one. I haven't touched a sewing machine since my year 8 textile class back in school (probably...over 14 years ago now). I did most of the measuring and cutting freehand in an ad-hoc manner so the final presentation looks rough on the jacket. Has more character I suppose. I got 
Sewing process - 1
Sewing process - 1
Sewing process - 2
Sewing process - 2
Finishing
Finishing
Finishing
Finishing
Finishing
Finishing
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