When i hold these jeans and their accompanying vest, i feel like i'm holding a museum piece. There is so much culture, politics, and history in a couple pieces of denim that it's almost emotional. There is a lot going on here, i'll try to explain it all.
Please note: this outfit is 100% unisex anyone can wear it the vest is 100% homemade. It's a simple but neat construction of two pieces of denim for the front, and a large piece from a sack of sugar for the back that reads: ingenio santa matilda azucar de primera san jose, 100 libras netas azucarera hondurena, s. There are two colorful flaps on the front that serve as faux pockets. They're a classic pair of bell bottoms made by gaslight, and have been 100% customized and personalized, probably over several years considering how perfectly soft and worn the denim is.
They have red stitching, a metal talon zipper, and have been hand-studded down both sides with silver, diamond shaped metal studs. There is some ballpoint pen doodling, a us flag patch, and a superman patch on the front of the right leg. The bottom of the right leg was cut along the inseam and a piece of terry cloth inserted to make the bell wider.There is a red star patch on the back of the right leg. The left leg has a large patch pocket on the front, and some bleach spotting along the cuff. This leg does not have an insert to make the bell bigger, and most of the embellishment is on the back of the leg: there is a blue bandanna used as a patch near the rear, a classic orange mushroom "love" patch over top of a piece of flannel patch, and the bottom of the cuff is edged in green canvas. They're simply incredible and must be seen in person to appreciate fully.
There is some damage and wear, but it can all be easily repaired. The seam is split up the rear: the denim itself isn't torn, it's just separated at the seam.The terry cloth is also separated from the inseam on the right leg for about 12. I'm not 100% sure that's not on purpose, though. There is some general wear as one would expect with a pair of almost 50 year old jeans.
They are, however still 110% wearable in my opinion. There are no sizes, please go by the following measurements for best fit: vest: total length: 22.5"arm opening: 24"width across front (with front edges touching): 18"jeans:waist: 33"hips: 36"front rise: 11.5"rear rise: 14"inseam: 34"outseam: 44"leg width, bottom right: 12"leg width, bottom left: 10"see "the not-so-small print for information on how i take my measurements. The not-so-small small print: please, please, please read me. Sizes vary if i mentioned that there is a size on the item, please only use it as a guideline.Sizes have changed over the years, and they often vary from designer to designer. Use the measurements given to judge if the item will fit you. All measurements are taken with garment lying flat.
Bust is measured as the inches from armpit to armpit, then doubled. If it is the same or less than what the bust size for the item is, chances are it will fit.
The same goes for waist and hips. Total length is from the shoulder to the bottom of the garment, or if an item is sleeveless or has adjustable straps, from the highest part of the bodice/bust. Sweep is the total circumference of the bottom of the skirt. I do the measurements to the best of my ability, so give an "over/under" of 1/4" to 1/2" just in case; all measurements taken with garment lying flat.