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img_1367The aim :

to make the longest strip of denim in the world , or certainly in Sussex to support the Jeans for Genes Charity – Genetic Disorders UK. the charity that aims to transform the lives of children with genetic disorders.We shall create denim covered collecting boxes along the trail around the garden !

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How will it work :

Running as a trail from our entrance right through the garden , sinuously weaving through the borders. Stitched into the piece will be tabs dispensing information and facts about the process of making denim (the good , the bad and the ugly facts ) facts about indigo seeds and the dyeing process , and the story of the wearing of denim work pants by north american pioneers etc… zips, button flies , tags and pockets will create the joints along the way and will add to the fabric wonder.Have calculated the trail will be at least 1km long.Yikes !

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The First Rules I have set myself

  • only to use orange cotton to stitch it all together (Levis used orange stitching which was originally designed to match the copper rivets first used in jeans by Nevada tailor Jacob Davis).
  • the strip will be kept at 7″ wide
  • vow to go and see the  Ian Berry exhibition Gallery Different at Catto Gallery- Ian is famous for making photo-realistic pictures in denim

img_1378Day 1 – Friday 18th November 2016

I make a start with three of our lovely volunteers starting to cut up the first swathe of jeans and a big learning curve begins !

  • The difficulty of cutting up a really tough fabric – you can see why it was the workwear fabric of choice (first casualty -brand new pair of Japanese scissors !)
  • The realisation that I won’t be able to actually use the zips for linking the strips !
  • The discovery that the button waistband fasteners will have to do the job
  • The obvious discovery that bog standard machine needles are not up to the job (second casualty – 2 broken machine needles)(note to self – order denim grade needles for machine )

to be continued……….

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a very short piece , because I have found a wonderful pair of button fly jeans in my loft which actually fit ! this is cause for celebration .After a winter of obviously slothful inactivity (how is that true ?) (but the contours of my bottom speak volumes !)  I repair to the loft to peruse my summer wardrobe and after clothes have been tossed aside in disgust , despair and downright fury I am pleased to discover a treasure trove of jeans.. well ,one pair ,which are a delight to pull on.. until .. oh no the devilsome button fly reveals itself . Now , being of gardening stock I spend most of my time either in gloves or nursing hands tattered and torn and fingers cracked in their corners, so fumbling with a meddlesome persnickety button fly is agony .. made more so if the situation is a desperate one .Whoever invented the zip .. you should be immortalised !

Now on the hunt for another pair which when I lower myself into a bath of bubbles and Radox miraculously mould to fit that ample a*** and like the immortal Nick Kamen (and to strains of I heard it through the grapevine) I arise like a phoenix reborn with my slinky new self all be-jeaned and be-jazzled .. but enough about intimate piercings for now !

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