This one-of-a-kind jacket is based on the traditional French worker's jacket known as "bleu de travail". The fabric is repurposed from a beautifully soft and worn vintage or antique French hemp bed sheet purchased in the markets of Provence.
This jacket has been pieced together and during this process I have featured the hand sewn hems of the original sheet which compliment the original hand sewn hems at the top of each of the pockets.
The wearer's front left and the jacket back feature the original hand sewn centre seam of the bed sheet. The loom used to weave the fabric was a meter wide, so hand-stitching was used to join two lengths of fabric together to create a wide enough length of fabric for a bed. The hand sewn seam reflects slight irregularities associated with hand sewing.
The outside lower front left of the jacket has the original laundry marking initials of JJ. The outside of the garment shows the wrong side of the initials. The inside of the garment reflects the correct side.
The jacket does have a "flaw" in the weave in the upper right area of the front jacket. It adds interest. Enlarge the image and zoom in to check.
This jacket is a ratatouille designs size extra small. It typically would fit someone who is a size extra extra small to extra small. Please review the measurements provided (see last two photos for this jacket) to ensure that this would be the right size for you.
Fabrics that are not new linen are listed as vintage or antique as it is difficult to date fabrics and, when sourcing fabric, my focus is on its tactile nature and its reflection of a history of use and/or workmanship.
When I identify fabric content as linen or hemp or a blend I am doing this based on considerable experience and not scientific tests.