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Fade of the Day – Custom Jeans (4 Years, Unknown Washes)

There’s all kinds of great forms that fades and patina come in, but what could be cooler than faded jeans that you made yourself? That’s what today’s Fade of the Day is all about, a custom, handmade pair of jeans.

Ian Kahn of Portland, Oregon says he made these jeans out of vintage Cone Mills denim and 1950s Indonesian batik fabric given to him by his grandmother (who lived there then). The rivets are Tandy and hand hammered. Finally, sewing was done on a vintage, single-needle Singer from 1951.

Ian wore these jeans every day for 4 years, which required darning to several parts in the end, all of which he did by hand. He hand darned many areas, including the belt loops, and machine darned parts near the bottom of the legs. Last but not least, he created a pattern for a new crotch pattern. What’s left is a custom, handmade pair of jeans that is totally unique.