Recently, I became very interested to incorporate Japanese style Boro stitching into some of my refashions. The word boro is derived from the Japanese boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired. Boro refers to the practice of reworking and repairing textiles through piecing, patching and stitching, in order to extend their use.
This is the finished project. It is not technically authentic Boro because this was not a mending project. I just wanted to decorate the jacket, but I think that the result is beautiful. It was a journey to be happy with the end result. This finished piece did not happen overnight. It came in stages:
I found a perfectly fitting white denim jean jacket at the thrift store. The price tag was $4.50.
Here is a close up picture of the decorative stitching on the pockets and the collar. I used a heavyweight embroidery thread.
At first I thought I would just do some scraps over a gray denim back panel. The only problem was when I mocked it up on the back it just looked too deliberate and staged. I wanted it to look more like modern art.
I started clipping, pinning and stitching…
Stage 6-Ready to Wear
As always, I welcome your comments and look forward to them.
Until next time,