Tulip jeans

Hello hello,

It’s been a while but here’s a new recycling project! 

Instead of the classic cut-of your old jeans to get shorts I wanted something a bit more original. Luckily Grégoire had some old jeans with holes in them that I could use for my project. Last year I had bought the Pippa pattern from Dessine Moi Un Patron as I loved the tulip shape but I never got to it. That has been taken care of now! 

I made a size 36 as indicated by the size chart however I’m glad I added some belt loops as the jeans tend to loosen up upon wear. I also added 0,5 cm of seam allowance (on top of the 1 cm that’s included in the pattern) so I could do flat-felled seams which gives a nicer finish. As you can see the back part was to big to get out of the jeans in one piece, so I divided this pattern piece in two at the fold level.                                                                           IMG_1231Instead of hemming the shorts I decided to leave the edges raw to keep a relaxed effect but I did add a stitch to prevent too much fraying. I made these in the beginning of summer and they have already had a good share of wear and washing to have this nice effect I wanted!

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As I used old jeans having a washed effect, the sides of the shorts, which are cut from the upper part of the jeans, are lighter. It accentuates the pattern design nicely!

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Isn’t it wonderful these dunes, a beautiful place we discovered in Lithuania this summer thanks to our friends!

 

Pattern: Pippa shorts from Dessine Moi Un Patron

Modifications: I followed the pattern and sewed a size 36 according to the table of measurements with the addition of 0,5 cm seam allowance to do flat felled seams. The back piece has been divided in two due to limited fabric.

Fabric and haberdashery: Old jeans from Grégoire and an invisible zipper bought at a local store. The lining of the pockets is in a white poly cotton found at Emmäus.

Tulip skirt

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Time to show you my tulip skirt! It’s made from a big pair of thrifted trousers so it was not so challenging given that there was quite some fabric to work with. Nevertheless, I used up every inch! I wanted to try out this idea where there is some three-dimensional tulip effect at the front. I’m still mitigated, as the front panels are a bit strange while moving but standing still it looks nice! Also, in the beginning I didn’t attach the panels to the bottom hem of the skirt, which was better. However, the original skirt was too long and I shortened it the easy way by cutting and hemming, panels included – maybe should not have done that 🙂

The panels are interfaced with a silk-cotton blend from Tissus Bennytex and the skirt is lined with the same fabric. The invisible zipper was recuperated from the original trousers.

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Overall, I’m not sure if the skirt will get a lot of wear which is a pity but as I like to try out new designs I’m pretty satisfied though 🙂 It’s also one of the reasons why I like to use second-hand clothing to experiment, it makes me feel less guilty if it doesn’t turned out great. At least no new fabric has gone to waste!

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Pattern: home made

Fabric: green polyester with a wild silk effect from thrifted trousers and brown silk-cotton blend from Tissus Bennytex

Haberdashery: invisible zipper from the same trousers.

Warm winter coat

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We have to face it: summer is not near… So a warm coat was needed to bear these few grim months that are January and February. As I returned to Antwerp for Christmas, I had the chance to go to my favourite second-hand store there: Think Twice. And it was worth it; I found a lot of treasures, of which one was this huge and very warm coat! I immediately fell in love with the colour, it’s like a non-colour which I like a lot as it is versatile and easy to wear. Also, the wool was pretty and it had some nice embroidered details on the sleeves. However, it was clear it needed some adaptations to fit my small stature. First of all, it needed shortening and taking in the sides, the shoulders and the sleeves.

To be able to do this I had to take the whole coat apart, lining included, and sew everything together again. It was basically sewing a whole new coat again! During the process I also decided to change the collar, to make it less heavy and sleeker… And as a final touch, some silver beading to enlighten the embroidery and addition of silver buttons!

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It makes it chic, doesn’t it? 🙂

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PS: It might look that I abandoned a bit this site… but it is because I’m thinking to change it up a bit (another layout, making it bilingual as I am living in France, and some other things as well) and I do have spent a lot of time sewing 🙂

Growing up

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We all have that item sleeping in our closet. Even though we know that we will never wear it again it is difficult to separate ourselves from it. I used to wear this skirt a lot starting university but the last couple of years I felt more like a twelve-year-old in it instead of the grown-up I am (more or less). However, I couldn’t bear the thought of giving the skirt away so I decided to remake it into a sleeker version!

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Almost each refashion project I start by disassembling the garment using my precious seam ripper. It takes more time than just cutting it up with scissors but you’re left with better pieces of fabric to work with. This skirt gave me two big rectangles, which was very easily turned into a more fitted skirt. I used the same pattern that I drafted for my granny skirt this summer with the front pleats sewn together like darts. However, this would give me a pretty plain skirt… luckily I had some fabric left! First I wanted to add some ruffles but somehow I felt this would turn it again into a twelve-year-old skirt. That’s where I came up with this simple design. It’s very easy as you can see in the scheme below! All you need is a straight skirt pattern (I drafted one myself but the Aime comme Mini from Aime comme Marie looks like a good one!) and the following modifications:

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  1. Cut out two rectangles, sew each rectangle together on the long side and turn inside out.
  2. Gather one side.
  3. Sew these rectangles on your front skirt panel with the gathered side in the middle.
  4. Cut the excess fabric and finish the edges of your front skirt2539295118955591441
  5. Prepare the waistband: sew a rectangle onto the waistband covering the two gathered rectangles on the front panel. This gives a little ‘bow’ effect. I think the effect would be more striking with a bigger waistband but I was a bit limited in my fabric.5609990754029484818
  6. Assemble the skirt and done!

 

 

 

To finish the skirt, I recuperated the lining and zipper, and I used plaine brown cotton to solidify the waistband. Being a bit limited in fabric I didn’t kept the original hem, but you can still see the imprint of the original hem. Hopefully after a few washes and ironing it will fade!

 

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Pattern: self drafted

Fabric: old favorite skirt

Haberdashery: invisible zipper recuperated from skirt, thread bought at local store (not everything can be recuperated 🙂 )

Give me a kiss

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This refashion was very basic: turning an old men’s T-shirt into one for me using the Odette pattern from La Maison Victor. I traced size 36 and used it without adding seam allowances (normally you should add seam allowances with La Maison Victor patterns). The shortened pattern fitted onto the old T-shirt bodice and there was fabric left to finish the sleeves and the neckline. The bottom hem is the original one.

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To embroider the pearls I first made a string of pearls which I then sewed onto the drawing I drafted on the T-shirt.

To uplift this basic light grey T-shirt I embroidered black pearls. Since I don’t know how to do embroidery I wanted some easy lines and that’s where I ended up with this simplified kiss!

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Street-art in Portugal a few years ago, which gave me the inspiration to start with!

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Pattern: Odette T-shirt from La Maison Victor in size 36 without seam allowances

Modifications: Shortened compared to the original pattern (due to fabric limitation 🙂 )

Fabric: Old T-shirt

Braids, braids, braids

33397586155437097304475649093597159710I made this shirt in summer already but never showed you the details. Having made high-waisted trousers I wanted to combine them with something short, and that’s where I decided to turn this shirt into a cropped top. To start, I took of the sleeves, collar, front pocket and buttons which left me a large bodice to work with. Using my mannequin I modeled the shirt to get the overall fit. It was the first use of this wonderful gift from Grégoire! To get a good shape for the armholes I used the Malia Top pattern from La Maison Victor. To finish, I  experimented with this braided effect I had in my mind for a while. To this end, I made straps that are 4 cm wide and very long (forgot to measure, basically I used up all the remaining fabric) which I sewed together right sides together. After turning, I obtained 1 cm straps which I braided and sewed onto the top by hand. It’s not a quick project so you have to be motivated if you ever decide to do this. Especially turning inside out these long straps is quite challenging for your patience 😉 Also, I was a bit afraid that the braids would lose their aspect after washing. Luckily, they have already withstand several washes so I’m happy with how this turned out!

 

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Details about the white trousers can be found here.
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If you look carefully, you can notice that after removal of the front pocket, its placement is still a bit visible, but nothing too disturbing…  Let’s say it’s the charm of refashioned clothes 😉

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Lumberjack meets La Parisienne

It could be the title of a questionable love story but it is my latest refashion that I’m presenting!

3847176552917329686?account_id=1Let’s start with this wool/cashmere shirt and its lovely gold sparkle touches, found at a second-hand store in Antwerp. First, I just wanted to do a classic refashion by taking in the shirt and wear it with my grey jeans, as the colours go great together. Realizing that these beloved jeans are about to crack made me change plans… That’s were the La Parisienne pattern from Louis Antoinette comes in play! It has been a while this dress is eying on me with its chic design, and I will definitely make an elegant version some day, but this time it’s more laid-back.

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The bottom part of the dress is free-style trying to get a high-waisted skirt out of my jeans, which thankfully have a great deal of stretch! I proceeded by undoing the leg seams with a seam ripper instead of cutting as I felt that I could use every inch of fabric. Next, I tried different lay-outs on my mannequin (a great gift from Grégoire for my 30th birthday) and finally ended-up with this:

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1) Back upper leg    2) Front bottom leg    3) Front upper leg    4) Back bottom leg

For the upper part it was easy: I cut the front pattern piece out of the back of the shirt and the two back pattern pieces out of the front. I tried to match the squares, which I more or less managed but somehow it got lost after sewing the invisible zipper. The sleeves pattern are cut from the original sleeves. For the lining of the dress I used a black microfiber from Tissus Bennytex that I had in stock. 

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Next, I just assembled the dress as indicated by Louis Antoinette with no particular difficulties, it’s a pretty straightforward pattern!

Overall, I’m pleased how it turned out, in particular regarding the skirt as I was not sure if I could make it happen with the little fabric I had from my jeans. I’m not convinced though about the upper part of this dress, it feels a bit boxy,  not sure if it’s the pattern or my choice of fabric that gives this effect… Will think about it for a next La Parisienne!

 

 

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Pattern: La Parisienne from Louis Antoinette in size 36 for the top part

Modifications: Elongation of the top part with 4 cm and I used French seams so in the end the dress is in between a size 34 and 36 (1 cm seam allowance is included in the pattern).

Fabric: Thrifted shirt, old jeans and microfiber from Tissus Bennytex

Curtain love

Finding myself in the country of “Brocante” I discovered a world of old-school curtains out there. A few weeks ago I found an amazing embroidered and a less amazing, but having-potential, curtain in Vachères, a very cute little village in the Provence.

 

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Let’s begin with the amazing one. Loving the scalloped embroidery at the bottom, I decided to emphasize that structure by creating a simple white shirt with a surprising back. I used the Jackie pattern from République du Chiffon as starting point.

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Modifications

  • Elongation of the front pattern piece
  • Same elongation of the back pattern pieces and removal of the overlap between these pieces. I laid out these pattern pieces onto the scalloped border in a way that the touching scallops hide my underwear. I followed the scalloped border throughout the back instead of the V-shape of the original pattern.
  • I added sleeves using the same scalloped border. For the pattern it was a bit trial and error, but in the end I managed to obtain the effect I wanted!

For the front I used the non-embroidered part of the curtain, which is very transparent so I underlined this with white cotton voile found at a fabric sale of Agnès B. Overall, it was a great exercise to sew a more difficult fabric. It was particularly challenging with all the fragile embroideries. But I’m pleased with the end result! Especially since I took my time to have nice finishes: French seams, rolled edges at the bottom, bias at the neckline and seams of the armholes/sleeves.

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CURTAIN LOVE 2

Then there was this 1-euro piece of granny-cloth, which was not that nice, it even had holes in it. Nevertheless I wanted to use it to try out a pattern I drafted myself for a high-waisted simple skirt. For the pattern I based myself on the guidelines from a French website (Coupe Couture) which is full of sewing tips, I believe the lady must be a genius sewer! If you understand French I would check it out!

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This project allowed me to practice matching different pattern pieces. However, due to the holes it was a bit of a puzzle and as you can see the sides don’t match completely, but nothing too disturbing. Overall, I’m also pretty pleased how this skirt turned out!

So far for the curtain love, but there is probably more to come since I have at least 3 meters of the first one left!

One becomes two

A very efficient refashion project: two pieces for the price of one! Starting point was a 100% silk skirt found in Think Twice (second-hand store in Antwerp). The skirt itself was quite horrendous when I tried it on, really not my idea of style. I loved the fabric though!

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So I have turned this skirt into one that I do like to wear. This part was easy: I just had to shorten it and take in the seams at the front and the back to make it fit.

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Since I had some fabric left, I decided to make a short. Another skirt would have been a mini-mini skirt: not very wearable. I have used a pattern from Aime comme Marie: Aime comme Manège, a high-waisted short.

I started by taking the skirt panels apart to have clean pieces of fabric without seams. These pieces were however not big enough to fit all pattern pieces so I cut the front pattern piece and the waistband in two to make it fit. It’s an « easy » solution for when you want to fit a pattern in small pieces of fabric, you just have to add seam allowance for the seams created by cutting the pattern piece. Of course, you have to make sure that the newly created seam doesn’t look odd when wearing the garment.

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After that, I just assembled the pieces as instructed. Concerning the fit, I only had to take in the waistband at the back with 1,5 cm.

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I like using second-hand clothes for sewing new ones as it allows you to try new things without feeling guilty when it doesn’t work out. To my happiness, this one worked out quite well though! I’m only a bit disappointed about my invisible zipper, which is not that invisible.

 

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