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Rick Owens Hack

Added Nov 24, 2015

by red-lia

Kiryat Bialik, I...






I Fell in love with Rick Owens’ Biker Mixed Materials Vest (bottom photo), so I decided to hack it.
This is a knitting-sewing combination project, involving a lot of both.
The front is made from several fabrics.
I hesitated a lot about the “wing” at the back. At the end I decided to do it, but toned it down a bit, for less drama…
I’m flying solo on this one, writing my own pattern.
I started by drafting a sewing pattern on paper, based on a jersey shirt I did.I calculated the numbers for knitting the back and sleeves according to the paper measurements, measuring them against the paper pattern as I knit.

I want a structured jacket, so the pieces are knitted separately then seamed.
Back and sleeves both knit flat, bottom-up, in bulky 100% wool, on 7mm needles.
The back has darts-like waist shaping, positioned approximately at a 1/3 distance from the side seams.

To give the fronts some structure, I built them on a layer of black suiting material, that serves both as a lining and as a stabilizer. This is because the blue wool fabric and the velvet are both stretchy.

All fabric-to-knit seams were done by machine.
All knit-to-knit seams were done manually.
The back wing was also attached manually, in case I ever regret and want to take it apart.

Material Notes

Yarn: ~470m pure wool bulky.
Fabric: 0.5m black suiting fabric, blue – knit wool blend, knit stretch velvet.
Notions: 45cm zipper, interfacing.




Winter, Fall
Garment Type
Casual, Rock, Other
Blends, Velvet, Wool

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    Dec 6, 2015, 01.06 PMby sewing fanatic

    unique and edgey look x

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      Dec 7, 2015, 04.16 PMby red-lia

      Thank you!

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    Nov 25, 2015, 11.22 AMby Elpida Kyriakou

    Fantastic vest!

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      Nov 25, 2015, 06.57 PMby red-lia

      Thank you Elpida!

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    Nov 24, 2015, 11.05 PMby mbuchanan1

    Great job hacking. Love the combination of knit and fabric. Well done.

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      Nov 25, 2015, 06.58 PMby red-lia

      Thanks! I am trying lately to find more ways to combine my hobbies.

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    Nov 24, 2015, 05.51 PMby Dworley

    What a neat and striking hack! Have fun wearing the vest!

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      Nov 24, 2015, 06.35 PMby red-lia

      Thank you! Wearing it right now…

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