Rework to Reconnect : Chain Stitch Jeans


Welcome to a new blog series! I'm very excited to share this concept with you. Rework to Reconnect will explore easy 'up-cycled' techniques to ensure you fall back in love with any unworn items lying at the back of your wardrobe, due to faults or sizing issues.

Highlighted in our instagram post it's about not necessarily conforming to those micro trends and making something you already own yours again. A reflection of who you are, what you want to say... after all, clothing is an extension of our personality, so it's time to reconnect. 

Many moons ago I bought a pair of grey skinny jeans with the ever-known ripped knees, to which I clumsily put my foot through far too hastily one morning and ripped them further down the leg to cause some unsightly flappy triangle. I then repeated my mistake a week later and so although they were symmetrical, no body wanted to see my white hairy knees on such a scale. As a result, they have been neatly folded at the bottom of my drawer for an eternity. 

This method is deceptively simple, it really is just an embroidery technique called a chain stitch. You'll need some colour matched embroidery thread, scissors and Crewel needles which are essentially needles with an elongated, larger eye adapted for thicker embroidery threads.  

So what is a chain stitch? It's an easy decorative method composing looped stitches to form the pattern of a chain... genius. With this example, I have combined the decorative effects with the practicality of sewing up the tear in my jeans to produce an ombre stitched design, resulting in a unique reworked addition to my wardrobe that no one else will have. Of course you don't need colour matched thread, you can liberate your creativity and embroider in any colour you so choose. 

This began as a quick fashion fix and turned into elevating the design of a basic, grey skinny jean into an embroidered statement piece. The heaviest embroidery was done to the rip of the knee, I used this as a central point and stitched all over the jeans, fading out to the top and the bottom and adding small details to areas like the pockets.

Try it for yourself and let me know what you think with the hashtag #ReworkToReconnect - you don't even need the rips as an excuse to heighten a design of something you already own. Win win. You can also choose how large or small you want your stitches to be, in this example I worked to a 0.5cm stitch length - playing around with this length could have achieved the ombre effect too. 

Follow the photo-tutorial and let me know what you think, I would love to welcome any suggestions or personal projects you'd love assistance with and will be sure to incorporate them into this series. 

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The beauty with this design is you don't necessarily need to be symmetrical on the other side. I have added a few lines of stitching to the back of the legs and pockets too. You can build it up as much as you care to do so and allow the design to develop as I have done. It really is that easy. Pop the tv on or play your favourite album and this therapeutic project will have you falling back in love with your pieces in no time. #REWORKTORECONNECT