The Reconstructed Collection was born out of the early days of quarantine. Like many of us, our design team was stuck at home for days on end. In search of a new means of expression, I ended up going into my own closet. The goal was to reimagine a garment while utilizing what’s already there and, being blessed with the luxury of choice, the Beach Hoodie became our canvas.
While this started as an art project, it ended up inspiring an entire group within our Spring / Summer 21 collection. Reconstructed products feature elements of silhouettes that are core to our brand but flipped: Multiple layers, unfinished hems, and mixed textures are all utilized, while dyes are designed to wash out and age beautifully over time.
The process was documented to share with you. In this DIY you’ll give new life to an old hoodie by taking it apart, dying the pieces, and stitching them back together. First, find an old hoodie. Lighter colors, ideally white, will work best.
1. Remove the Kangaroo pocket.
2. Cut the garment up at an angle on the left or right side, making sure to keep the hood intact on one side.
3. Remove the arm, body side, and half of the rib to create an unfinished hem detail.
4. Dye three of the pieces with your colors of choice. Our natural approach utilized carrots, beets, and ginger. You’ll need high heat and white vinegar.
5. Sew the pieces back together, creating an entirely new garment with multiple colors and angles to match your personality.
6. To make it more interesting, you could sew a patch or an inside-out strip of fabric on one of the seams, for added texture.
Delivery 1 of the Reconstructed Collection
drops tomorrow at 8AM PST through johnelliott.com
and in-store at our Melrose and Miami flagship locations.