paulhenry

Kilt From Old Jeans

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Some time ago, I was talking about making a kilt from old pairs of denim jeans, well I have finally got around to sourcing some jeans from the local charity shop.I need to start taking them apart and then restitching them into a proper shape. I don't expect this to be a quick process, but I'll try and keep posting a few pictures as I go!_MG_4143.jpg

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This is very cool Paul, I will be interested in following the photos of this kilt creation. I guess since you will be recycling old jeans this will be a "green" kilt. Are you planning on adding cargo pockets?

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I'm not exactly sure whether it will have cargo pockets or not, I've never really been keen on them before, but it might be worth a serious look to see. I'm hope that i might be able to salvage some of the details from the jeans and am keen to incorporate whatever bits I can. Once I get a heap of ripped out bits I'll be better able to judge what I can work with, I think. I'm still not exactly sure how many pairs I will need,I did rip up one pair a few weeks ago, and managed to get about 1 metre of usuable width, so with a contemporary kilt I normally use about 5 -6 yards, so perhaps 5 pairs will suffice, I got 7 pairs , so I've got enough and some over for the experiment!

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SWEET!!! I've been hunting around for old jeans here for the same thing!

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This is very interesting..........

Cant wait to see the end result!!!

I have seen a denim kilt recently with orange top stitching. Looks really cool.

TARTANS 4 AFRICA

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One of the only other kilted guys in town makes his out of old blue jean bib overhaulls. Not too bad of a job for a guy his size. I keep trying to get him online but I don't know if he even owns a computer.

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I have not forgotten about this, but I've been busy with other things, but I have managed to take apart lots of jeans, and work out how they will go back together again to make the length I need. It was frustrating to find out that the actual outside seam is curved ( ok perhaps not a suprise) and that means a bit more ripping out and re sewing...

So far I've got about 2 yards finished and I'm playing with how the pleats will work, here is a quick photo , just to prove I'm working on it! I haven't quite worked out the posckets yet, that will be next!

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excellent!

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looks good.

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I managed to find some time today to progress this a little, so I now have a 5 yard length of denim, whihc I've sewn all the edges, and then tapered all the pleats, it might be a few days before I do anythign else, but finally it's beginning to look like the start of a kilt. The gentle variation of blues is really nice, but I need to be careful about the front apron now!

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A Levi's kilt would be awesome- any chance you'll be making more?

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It's almost a kilt, buckles and leather straps attatched just the lining to go!

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Looking sweet from where I'm sitting.

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Paul thanks for the updates, I was wondering how this project was going. I am wondering if this in reality becomes a hugely expensive kilt because of all the man hours required to create it.

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Yes , you are right, it's really not a commercial venture, but it's been a very interesting project, and I'm certainly happy that I started it!

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Well it's finished, and tomorrow the client will get it , it's been very interesting, and I would do it again, I'd have to be aware of the time involved, but the feeling of the worn denim is lovely, it has that well used and comfortable touch, I hope he likes it as well. He is rather keen on strawberries as well, hence the "fun" lining.

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Very nice indeed.

I hope the client models it for us.

I'd like to see what it looks like when worn.

Nice Job Mr Henry.

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Very nice indeed.

I hope the client models it for us.

I'd like to see what it looks like when worn.

Nice Job Mr Henry.

Well, nothing to add to this statement

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Wow, that is a pretty unique kilt Paul. The pleats look extremely crisp. So is the owner well pleased?

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On 5/16/2012 at 0:26 PM, Dunbar said:

A Levi's kilt would be awesome- any chance you'll be making more?

I contacted Levi's about this. We'll see if they respond. Maybe more can do the same?

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