Who’s heard of The Refashioners 2016? Click on the link to read all about it. It is the brainchild of the expert and inspiring refashioner, Portia Lawrie. This years challenge (which is open until the end of September), is to refashion jeans into…whatever you want. As many pairs of jeans as you like, and of any colour, but only jeans (no other sources of denim).
I put some restrictions on myself:
- I didn’t want to source any new-to-me jeans: I had to use what I could find in the house.
- I didn’t want to have to spend any further money on the refashion, and again use patterns/ fabric/ notions that I already had to hand.
What I found was three pairs of jeans, 2 dark and 1 light. This kind of limited what I could make (I knew that wasn’t going to be enough to cut a dress for myself, for example), and in the end I decided that the whole patchwork look just wasn’t me, and so that brought me down to just two pairs of jeans.
I settled on using the jacket from Burda 7494, having made the dress previously, because it had princess seams which I thought would be advantageous in getting the pattern to fit to what fabric I had, and also because it had shorter length sleeves.
- Added 1 inch to side seams
- Did 0.5 inch sway back adjustment
- Did 1 inch full arm adjustment
- Added centre back seam due to fabric constraints
- Removed pleats from sleeve
- Cut peplum on cross grain
- Omitted lining (overlocked most of inner seams)
- Had to pretty much ignore grain when cutting the facings (in retrospect maybe I should have cut into the lighter denim for the facings but, hey ho)
- Added a machine made buttonhole
- Bound inner waist seam with self made bias tape (fabric from previous project)
- I chose to seam rip the outer legs of my jeans and so the sleeves were cut across the inner leg seam, with the original topstitching being left as a feature
Overall I am pretty pleased with how this turned out. I have only really done one other refashion before and so it was great to challenge myself thinking out of the box. In the end I think I have something that reflects my personal style. Who knew two pairs of unloved and unworn jeans still had so much life left in them?
Be sure to check out Portia’s blog for lots of inspiring refashions.