How I Recreated Junya Watanabe’s Upcycled Denim Skirt

How I Recreated Junya Watanabe’s Upcycled Denim Skirt
Whenever I have to look for upcycling inspiration, I often revisit some of the designers’ archival pieces, and one of my recent favorites is the works of Junya Watanabe. His designs are fun and quirky, yet functional and versatile.

Junya Watanabe 2019
Junya Watanabe 2019

His 2019 collection using various denim jeans caught my attention. 

At that moment, I had a huge stash of unwanted and overly grown denim jeans that my stepchildren gave me after they decluttered, and I couldn’t have the heart to send them to the op shop. 

How I Recreated Junya Watanabe’s Upcycled Denim Skirt

I know it will be challenging and messy but that’s okay. I love a little bit of challenge.

Check my TikTok Video on how I made this upcycled denim skirt.

I used four denim jeans (and there’s more in my stash, OMG!), and although it wasn’t the exact recreation of Junya Watanabe’s design, I prefer keeping the original cut of the jeans making it look eccentric yet with an interesting story. This huge petticoat adds more drama to the skirt.

The trick of sewing the denim together is to use the right sewing needle, and I was relieved to find some stocks from Spotlight.

How I Recreated Junya Watanabe’s Upcycled Denim Skirt

How I Recreated Junya Watanabe’s Upcycled Denim Skirt

This white souvenir shirt is something I bought during our trip to Pagsanjan Philippines and paired with my crochet beaded handbag

More upcycled denim fashion here, and here.

Did you know that Australians buy more clothing than the rest of the country?

Based on the data report gathered by the Australian Fashion Council revealed that Australians buy on average 56 items of clothing a year and manufacture & import over 1.4 billion units of new clothing every year mostly made from non-sustainable, non-durable materials. 200,000 tonnes of clothing goes to landfills each year & we have no systematic resources to collect unwearable clothing.

It is mind-blowing to know how much textile waste Australia consumes every year. 

This is why I chose to upcycle our household’s old clothes and textiles and wear them more often. I may not be able to save the Earth, but small actions that begin at home truly count!

What do you think of my upcycled denim skirt? 

How do you recycle your old clothes?

I still have more to upcycle, and I can’t wait to share it with you on my next blog!

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