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Question on Vest Material
« on: Mar 03, 2018, 11:28 AM »
Cam o use an old dark wash denim jacket to make a flak vest. I know I'll have to cover the zipper and stitch the pockets. But otherwise will they let it through?

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Re: Question on Vest Material
« Reply #1 on: Mar 03, 2018, 02:08 PM »
Unfortunately, the classic denim jacket probably won't work. Most jackets have contrast stitching and a very distinct "worn" look to them, where the dye settles into seams and wears off of certain places, making the coloration inconsistent. Most denim jackets are also made using a fabric with different thread colors woven into the fabric - some threads are blue, some are white - and it gives the fabric a very distinct look that will stick out as being earthly.

If you have a jacket that doesn't look like the usual denim jean jacket, though, it might work, but probably only if it's a solid color besides the classic indigo blue. Many coveralls are made out of denim (mine included!) but since it's a solid black, gray, or green, it doesn't look like a pair of jeans. If you really want, you may also be able to use Rit dye and color remover on it, to change the color or at least give it a solid-colored look.

Do you have any photos of the jacket? Seeing it will help!

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Re: Question on Vest Material
« Reply #2 on: Mar 04, 2018, 06:24 PM »
Unfortunately, the classic denim jacket probably won't work. Most jackets have contrast stitching and a very distinct "worn" look to them, where the dye settles into seams and wears off of certain places, making the coloration inconsistent. Most denim jackets are also made using a fabric with different thread colors woven into the fabric - some threads are blue, some are white - and it gives the fabric a very distinct look that will stick out as being earthly.

If you have a jacket that doesn't look like the usual denim jean jacket, though, it might work, but probably only if it's a solid color besides the classic indigo blue. Many coveralls are made out of denim (mine included!) but since it's a solid black, gray, or green, it doesn't look like a pair of jeans. If you really want, you may also be able to use Rit dye and color remover on it, to change the color or at least give it a solid-colored look.

Do you have any photos of the jacket? Seeing it will help!

It's pretty mjuch a solid, dark dark blue, near black, no wear and tear. I was very surprised to get it from a sibling of mine. It's almost identical to the flak jacket I have been using, a few shades darker. But mine i s all wonky, so I was hoping to use this to make a newer, better fitting one.





It'll be worn backwards for obvious reasons, and I'm gonna use part of a sleeve to cover up the zipper. BUt otherwise, I think this meets those requirements?

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Re: Question on Vest Material
« Reply #3 on: Mar 04, 2018, 11:56 PM »
It looks like a pretty good start! It's certainly plain enough to work, but I'd say double check with your local ruus'alor - they'll be able to give you a definite answer, since texture is hard to photograph. I can't quite tell how denim-y it is with the indoor lighting, but I can see it passing with the right weathering and modification.

Pretty lucky to get it from a sibling, though! Free is the best price for sure. :)

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Re: Question on Vest Material
« Reply #4 on: Mar 07, 2018, 05:55 PM »
I'm with Thel - picture may be graining a little so its hard to tell exactly how much of the 'faded denim' effect it has. That's the stuff which is a real no go. If it's dark enough to not have that then it's good as a vest material as it is not elastic and will weather nicely.

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