My friend got these PBJs a little over 4 years ago. He said he hasn't worn them in about a year because they were too beat.
There are tons of small holes all over the jeans but the crotch was completely destroyed. I ended up removing about 15 patches he had added over the years and starting from scratch.
Close-up on the front of the jeans where a lot of the action is. How he managed to get such a big hole on the right thigh is a mystery to me. One of the most time-consuming fixes was the pockets which were torn to shreds. I used some scrap selvedge from a pair of pre-washed Raleighs here, which is one of my new favorite ways to fix a fraying pocket.
Here you can get a better view of the crotch which is just a mess. I did all of these repairs by hand because I'm completely self taught and never owned a sewing machine, and this was sort of a nightmare. I wrapped the rise with some scrap denim and added a lot of reinforcing stitching where it meets the inseam before adding the patches. I had probably half a dozen needles break trying to push through the points where 6+ layers of fabric were stacked up on each other. Other things of note here are: some embroidery I did with sashiko guides on the yoke, which didn't come out perfect but will hopefully help distribute some stress on that area. A new back belt loop because the previous one here was just gone, symmetrical patches under the back pockets which managed to fray in the exact same way.
Detail on the left knee rip. Normally I remove any fray from the hole I'm fixing but he wanted me to keep as much of it as possible and i think it adds a lot of character. All non-denim fabric in these is from Purl Soho.
Left knee rip used a big piece of Iron Heart 17oz denim that I got from Jean Shop. One of the guys there liked some repairs I did on my Momotaro 10th Anniversaries, so he gave me some denim from a hem they did earlier. Kinda cool to continue the cycle with that.
Detail on the back-left pocket.
Many thanks to Edan (@mcdeeda
) for letting us share this amazing repair job on a pair of 4 year-old PBJs!