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Waxed Journeymans Vest by Marcusstratus Waxed Journeymans Vest by Marcusstratus
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 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017  Hobbyist 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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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks mate, definitely something I'll work on again in the future... 
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AngelInBluejeans Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Super hawt!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :ahoy:
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Kateri911 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Holey cow this is amazing dude! LOVE the back lacing
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Indeed. Not enough lacing on menswear
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Kateri911 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Srsly tho. I guess people think lacing is a more feminine thing... Keep up the good work!! 
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ddorrity Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Any chance you'd sell this one?
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sorry mate, I already have.
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ddorrity Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem, awesome job!
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xeracation Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing! Was that a single pair of jeans?
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Professional 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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xeracation Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou. Now to put my old jeans to good use
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Professional 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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xeracation Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the heads up :D It is very much appreciated
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2KILO Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
that would make a fantastic motorcycle vest during the summer. looks like it would stop kamikaze bees just fine.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
yes, I expect so. This material is perfect for being out in the weather.
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DragonPud Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOVE this vest design! Lookin' good!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :ahoy:
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DragonPud Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome, sir!
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Brawnfire Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the flair of it.  I almost feel as though I could pull it off... Haha
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skyehopper Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
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!

skyehopper.deviantart.com/art/…
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cheers! Just mention your source when you use a reference, in you artists comments :ahoy:
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EMasqueradeGallery Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013   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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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hey Cheers! :D It was fun to make it out of an old pair of pants.
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Splicer02 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
I want a vest like this so bad (also pretty much everything else you make) 
Don't suppose you'd be willing to share the pattern or a tutorial or something?
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
No, not for this one. This vest is really quite complex and I really should have someone here to fit in person for a pattern or an actual garment.
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Splicer02 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Dang. Well I guess I'll wing it like I usually do, not like I ever have any idea what I'm doing anyhow 
Thanks anyway:)
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, just do a few test runs in cheapo cheap fabric (like bed sheets or something) until you get it right. That's how any of the rest of us do it :D 
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Splicer02 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
That is quite a logical idea that I, for some reason, didn't think of... 
Will do, thanks :D
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Nymla Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesomelooking vest there!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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Makoto4bidden Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
wow great work !!
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)
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Makoto4bidden Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
hey ur welcome  :D I really love ur work
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Dinosaur-Warrior Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It looks great!
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SketchySancho Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
If a guy were it have a few pair of unwearable jeans lying around, could they be sent it you and a vest similar to this be commissioned, with measurements of course. I am a bit broader shouldered and definitely larger in the mid section. Also, what might you charge to do so?
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Right now I don't accept apparel commissions unless you're able to come to Portland, OR to get fit in person. Cheers mate.
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CuSmith Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
I would very much like to know the measurements of this vest.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
chest circumference fits up to 36", waist is similar. It's adjusted with the laces in the back for best fit. From the pit of my neck, the hem line is approx 16 1/2" down. Shoulder width is 16"
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deconstructika Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool, I love the upcyling and the material does look like leather.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cheers :)
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PrototypeDept Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
I have zero interest in fashion, but you always amaze me. I love the constancy of your style. Every item, and every ensemble, make me think of the timeless look of the working man. It's stylish without being pretentious, just honest.
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I think... that that is what I'm trying to achieve. I'm glad it shows :)
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c4rdninj4 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
you do fantastic work sir
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks mate!
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ProfessorBats Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Outstanding work, once again. Too bad it's a bit small for me or my bf. I think (we're both about 37.5 chest). How long, nape to bottom?
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, it would be too small, closed. But would still work as an open vest. Height is 20" along center back.
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gazongola Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Damn, too small for me :(
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AeternitasveniA Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
I think I know someone your size. :)
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