Restoring an Old Denim Jacket?

I have an old denim jacket that belonged to my great-grandfather. He died in about 1964. It's still in good shape, except it fell victim to an needlework crazy teenager in the 70s. I've removed the silly palm trees and stars and other stitches, but there is still some residual staining and stitching damage. Any suggestions to make it as true to the original as possible?



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August 17, 20190 found this helpful

You could use Rit, fabric dye,to recover and blend those rough areas.Or appreciate the wear and tear,along with the stories of the life and travels of this jacket!

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August 17, 20190 found this helpful

I would dye the entire garment a darker shade.

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August 18, 20190 found this helpful

I love the story and my vote would be to leave it as is and enjoy the story that each mark tells. Give it a good washing and take it out on the road!

Denim is a very forgiving fabric and can last for many years! You could try dying it but you risk a splotchy and uneven look.

Enjoy it as is and keep your grandfather's memory alive in each mark and spot!! What a lovely heirloom you can share!

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August 19, 20190 found this helpful

Lovely story and your treasure tells the story so wash it, wear it proudly and remember; the 'scars' only show your jacket was loved by more than one person.


If it were mine I would wash it carefully as sometimes even denim does not show wear points until it has been subjected to continuous agitating of a washing machine.

Buy a large lingerie bag and only wash it in this and maybe even on slow instead of regular wash.

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August 19, 20190 found this helpful

Back in the 70's when I was a kid I did this to all my new blue jeans. Before I would add my designs to the jeans I made sure I put them in a tub with rocks and bleach water to get them just right. I would even tear them and add the holes to the jeans to make them look just right.

If you love the jacket you can try to do a bleach water and rock solution to see if you can fade out some of the colors the thread left behind.


Otherwise, just make up a good story about the jacket. Washing it several times in a machine with a little bleach in the water can also help to fade out the colors in the jacket and make it look a little bit older and worn.

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