**sold**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 vintage or antique French hemp bed sheet purchased in the markets of Provence.
The wearer's front right features 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. All three pockets feature the original hand stitched top and bottom hems of the bedsheet.
We have applied repurposed vintage French cotton mattress ticking to the hand sewn centre seam, the wearer’s right front immediately below the pocket, and a 2 cm wide x 9 cm long (3/4 inch x 3 ½ inch) on one arm. Visible mending techniques have been used to do this. The technique involves hand stitching the patches onto the hemp.
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 experience and not scientific tests.