Burda 7494: The Refashioners 2016- DIY Denim Peplum Jacket

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Burda 7494 denim peplum jacket made from refashioned jeans. Worn with Simplicity 8093 wide legged cropped pants.

Hello Everyone,

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).

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Burda 7494 denim peplum jacket made from refashioned jeans. Worn with Simplicity 8093 wide legged cropped pants.

I put some restrictions on myself:

  1. I didn’t want to source any new-to-me jeans: I had to use what I could find in the house.
  2. 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.

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Burda 7494 denim peplum jacket made from refashioned jeans. Worn with Simplicity 8093 wide legged cropped pants.

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.

Pattern Modifications

  • 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
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Burda 7494 denim peplum jacket made from refashioned jeans. Worn with Simplicity 8093 wide legged cropped pants.
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Burda 7494 denim peplum jacket made from refashioned jeans. Inside detail
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Burda 7494 denim peplum jacket made from refashioned jeans. Inside details

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.

Until soon!

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Burda 7494 denim peplum jacket made from refashioned jeans. Worn with Simplicity 8093 wide legged cropped pants.

 

 

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

60 thoughts on “Burda 7494: The Refashioners 2016- DIY Denim Peplum Jacket

  1. That’s a beautiful jacket and it looks great on you. You have also inspired me to consider what I could do with some old denim that is lying around the house. Thanks!

  2. Like I said on Instagram, this is awesome and it looks like it was made from denim fabric NOT refashioned jeans. You did an amazing job on this jacket! Are you entering it into the contest? I hope so because it’s just stunning!!!

  3. This is fabulous Manju! Can’t believe this is a refashion, it looks like new fabric. You’ve inspired me now to go and claim a couple of pairs of my husbands old jeans that have been lying on a chair in our bedroom for longer than I care to think!

  4. I’m loving the drape/look of those cropped pants! What fabric did you use for those? Sorry if I missed the post on those.

  5. Oh my goodness, that looks sharp! I dont know which I love more…the pants or the jacket. Of course the jacket is a work of art and effort…good job! I hope someday to sew as well as you. And you have such a great sense of what styles suit you, too. 🙂

  6. Great outfit. I’m not sure about the challenges for me but I’ve told some others about it and love following along. I like the look of the jacket but the cropped wide legged pants are more my scene!

  7. This is unbelievably fantastic! The neckline shape is gorgeous, and the top-stitching really highlights the shape. Beautifully done. Now I need to find this pattern!!

  8. Lovely outfit and such a great refashion! Sometimes things made from old jeans look quite home-made and not in the good sense of the word 😉 but that’s certainly not the case here. Love it!

  9. That’s an amazing refashioning Manju and I agree with everyone here the entire outfit is perfect, really interesting how you can give new life to unused items, I have never done any refashioning myself but I love what I’ve seen so far.

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