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Waxed Journeymans Vest
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Published: May 14, 2013
I actually made this vest back in..... oh dear, I forgot. I think it was the fall of 2010. Made for a denim class I had when I was in school, the project was to make something out of an old pair of jeans (here's a good example of upcycling) So these used to be light blue, faded jeans. I then dyed them more of a brown color to neutralize the blue (even though they just look dark blue/grey now) Then, before I cut out the panels I waxed the pant legs with bee's wax. It wasn't until I was wearing the garment that I decided it was too stiff, so I rubbed mineral oil into the fabric to soften up the wax. People often think it's a leather vest because the high wax content gives it a sheen. For comfort, I lined it with a grey corduroy.

Something I really like about this vest is how it molds to the body. I warm up the vest with my heat gun and put it on while it's still soft. As it cools the wrinkles and crease lines form according to my body shape and then once it's cold the wax keeps it in shape.
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Robbi-Dez's avatar
Robbi-DezHobbyist Artist
You should consider making this in a distressed rub-off leather, that'd look awesome and be tough for work.
Cool vest design in any case, I'm diggin' it. 
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MarcusstratusProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thanks mate, definitely something I'll work on again in the future... 
AngelInBluejeans's avatar
AngelInBluejeansHobbyist Artist
Super hawt!
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MarcusstratusProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :ahoy:
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Kateri911Hobbyist Artist
Holey cow this is amazing dude! LOVE the back lacing
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MarcusstratusProfessional Artisan Crafter
Indeed. Not enough lacing on menswear
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Kateri911Hobbyist Artist
Srsly tho. I guess people think lacing is a more feminine thing... Keep up the good work!! 
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ddorrityProfessional Traditional Artist
Any chance you'd sell this one?
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MarcusstratusProfessional Artisan Crafter
Sorry mate, I already have.
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ddorrityProfessional Traditional Artist
No problem, awesome job!
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xeracationHobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing! Was that a single pair of jeans?
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MarcusstratusProfessional Artisan Crafter
Most of it... I think the facings were from something else, but everything on the outside was from the single pair
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xeracationHobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou. Now to put my old jeans to good use
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MarcusstratusProfessional Artisan Crafter
These were also a super large pair of thrift store jeans I picked up, so size will also affect yield.
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xeracationHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the heads up :D It is very much appreciated
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2KILOHobbyist Photographer
that would make a fantastic motorcycle vest during the summer. looks like it would stop kamikaze bees just fine.
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MarcusstratusProfessional Artisan Crafter
yes, I expect so. This material is perfect for being out in the weather.
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DragonPudHobbyist Digital Artist
LOVE this vest design! Lookin' good!
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MarcusstratusProfessional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :ahoy:
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DragonPudHobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome, sir!
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BrawnfireProfessional Traditional Artist
I love the flair of it.  I almost feel as though I could pull it off... Haha
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I used you as a reference for a drawing I did, im not so great at drawing yet and it was only a quick thing so here it is! LOOOOVE your clothing btw!

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MarcusstratusProfessional Artisan Crafter
Cheers! Just mention your source when you use a reference, in you artists comments :ahoy:
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EMasqueradeGallery Artisan Crafter
This is a very awesome and that you made it from blue jeans is doubly awesome. Great job, man -absolutely excellent!!!:D
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