The Refashioners 2016: Gabby

The Refashioners 2016: Gabby

Hello everyone!  I can’t even begin to explain how happy I am to be involved in this year’s Refashioners #jeanius team. It is an huge honour to jump in at the last minute and let my jeans flag fly! Thankyou Portia for the opportunity and for all the awesome makers for inspiring me everyday with their jeans recreations.

 

I’m going to start with the moral of this story… don’t unpick until you know how much material you will need. For instance spending hours, nay days, unpicking 8 pairs of jeans when you only need 3 may turn out to be a tremendous waste of time and let’s be honest, who has time to waste?! That of course is exactly what I did!!

It started with 11 pairs of jeans… the day after I got the exciting email asking me to get involved I was rushing around Battersea Car Boot Sale with one thing on mind ‘get as many pairs of jeans for as little money as possible’ and I did extremely well getting 11 pairs for £11 in a range of sizes (luckily some HUGE) and colours.

The Refashioners 2016: Gabby

 

I knew from the start I wanted to make a gown – a big theatrical dress that would really let the material sing and I made some (awful) sketches that looked very steampunky with big full skirts and belts made from the back pockets and zips going down the front but I didn’t have a clue how I was going to make it a reality. My husband was beside me whilst I was sketching away and he said ‘can I have a go, as I have an idea’ now this is something that happens a lot as Stephen and I love to get involved with each other projects and get excited about creating things together (cheesy but true) so this dress is very much a team effort. I did all the sewing but the ideas were from both of us – as Stephen has one of those brilliantly creative minds I would be a fool not to get him involved! So this is where things picked up – we got excited about having a sort of outer skirt, layering and a corset type bodice.

The Refashioners 2016: Gabby

 

So I started unpicking… for AGES. I thought I would need as much fabric as I could get my hands on so basically spent a week taking apart these jeans- first the waistband, then take off the back pockets (I still thought these would be a feature at this point), unpick the crotch seam and then the inner seam of both legs. Stephen even helped me take out some rivets (with pliers and a flathead screwdriver) so I had 8 pairs of flat jeans ready to turn into a dress that was taking shape in my head.

The Refashioners 2016: Gabby

The Refashioners 2016: Gabby

 

I did consider using patterns – especially for the bodice and using the jeans as just normal fabric but the moment Stephen started placing jean legs over me and it just seemed to fit… the crotch seam became a perfect armhole and just by using the two legs from one of the biggest pairs of jeans is was already starting to look like a pretty cool dress especially with the waistbands as a sort of dungaree straps (which is the only remaining element from my original sketch!)

The Refashioners 2016: Gabby

 

So I discarded the patterns idea, got the mannequin out and just started draping instead! First I tried to recreate what we came up with on me and pinned everything to Betty (my mannequin). I fell in love with the look of where the pockets used to be on these jeans – like the fabric time forgot – the general wear and tear, sun bleaching and fading hadn’t touched this bit and I think it leaves a lovely effect so I was very happy to make that a feature of the bodice.

The Refashioners 2016: Gabby

 

I started by sewing down the hems as that was the easy bit – they were already creased to shape so didn’t even need pressing down. I did this to the neckline and all the way around the back. Oh I was so very thankful for my amazing Gutermann jeans thread set, jeans needle and my lovely Pfaff Passport 2 for making it seamless, if I tried this on my old machine there would have been tears and a few choice words spoken!

The Refashioners 2016: Gabby

 

Then the interesting part started – how the hell was I going to sew this thing?! I had the shape that I wanted pinned to the mannequin, but there were complicated tucks and pleats to make it fit that I just don’t know how to transfer to a marking to sew up from the wrong side.

I am not a hand sewer, I’m very bad at it and have to be forced into kicking and screaming into it but I had a strong word with myself and got out the needle and thread to tack my way through this.

The Refashioners 2016: Gabby

 

Actually, my hand sewing wasn’t too bad (yay!) and now I had the shape of the bodice I wanted and a interesting dress starting to emerge. I sewed together the raw edges of the waistbands for the straps and folded over the belt loops so they were the same width as the waistband as that was another detail that I was determined to use.

The Refashioners 2016: Gabby

The turning point came with the discovery of the perfect zip in my stash – a giant open ended chunky zip that was the perfect length to go all the way down the back of the dress. From that moment on it something special at the back too and I loved the idea of having a dress that you could completely unzip for ease of getting into (as a performer one of my pet hates is spending ages doing a huge hair style and intricate makeup only to have to pull a dress over your head – nooo!) Also I was worried about all the shaping and hand sewing I was doing would need some wiggling about to get into the dress and this zip meant I didn’t have to worry about that – eureka!!

The Refashioners 2016: Gabby

 

I put the dress on and it looked great, lovely bodice and perfect fit until I looked down and realised I hadn’t covered my…ahem… modesty… at all!! I needed a bottom to this dress and so I went back to the sketches and got excited about our idea of making the overskirt -so I made a big old triangle out of a massive jeans leg.

The Refashioners 2016: GabbyThe Refashioners 2016: Gabby

 

And laid it under the dress.

It became clear that more draping was needed to create the waterfall effect we wanted so back to Betty, lots of pins and hand sewing, which I’m happy to report didn’t feel like a chore for the first time ever. In fact I would go as far to say as The Refashioners ignited my joy in sewing by hand!!

The Refashioners 2016: Gabby

 

The last thing I did was add a gathered hem in a darker denim to make it a proper full length gown. I used two legs, cut off at the crotch, sewn together and gathered up along the edge using twine to pull up the gathers. I attached it to the bottom of the dress and matched the hemmed sides either side of the zip. DONE!!

The Refashioners 2016: Gabby

Everything in this dress is made from the recycled jeans except for the zip and I added buttons to the bodice top as we tried pulling off the old jeans buttons and gave up/ran out of time. Luckily I have this awesome Prym punching tool that made it a doddle.

The Refashioners 2016: Gabby

 

I freaking love it! It is by far the most complicated and original thing I have ever made. Stephen and I are pretty darn proud of our denim baby that I’ve been called The Dream Jeanie Dress, as a nod to the late great David Bowie. This piece deserves a stage and I can’t wait to wear it on tour!!!

The Refashioners 2016: Gabby

 

The rest of this post is pictures – Stephen (I told you he was brilliant) is behind the camera and his newly finished summerhouse is the PERFECT back drop. The paint is only just dry and it basically looks like we painted it to match the dress! The sunglasses suited the look far too much not to use them and it was a sunny day afterall so I decided to rock chick it up for this shoot! You may notice my bra is showing – I had to take it off for the back shots but I think I might bring up the straps a bit to reveal a little less chest or just wear it with a stripey top underneath?!

 

The Refashioners 2016: GabbyThe Refashioners 2016: GabbyThe Refashioners 2016: GabbyThe Refashioners 2016: GabbyThe Refashioners 2016: GabbyThe Refashioners 2016: Gabby

 

So that’s all from me folks!

I know I’m the penultimate blogger of this series which means tomorrow it’s time for Portia herself to show us what she’s been up to, I may or may not have had a sneak preview and can’t contain my excitement for you to all see her icing to this epic #jeanius cake!

I hope you are all joining in – I would totally recommend giving it a shot – you learn so much just by taking apart jeans and it’s a fantastic fabric to work with. Oh and have you seen the prizes?! DO IT NOW!! 🙂

 

Sew much love,

The Refashioners 2016: Gabby

 

There is so much I love about this. Admittedly not everyone could pull off this look. It’s flamboyant, unique….verging on the avant-garde. Just the kind of look that Gabby  rocks on stage all the time. Which is exactly why I was so excited to see her take on this challenge. And boy oh boy did she rise to this challenge. But there are so many elements to take inspiration from and use in your own makes.  Detail after detail of the original jeans reworked and referenced in unexpected ways. This dress was essentially sculpted and allowed to evolve. I for one cannot WAIT to see this worn on stage!

You can find Gabby here or here. And if you’re inspired to get your refashion on and enter the Community Challenge and be in with a chance of winning some epic prizes…DO IT! Deadline for entries is 30th Sept. Midnight GMT.

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

….I think you’ve got the idea now right? Essentially we want you to refashion some jeans! (You can find the full details/small print of the brief here). BUT, if you want to be in with a chance of winning one of these amazing prize packages you need to SHARE that refashion with us in one of the following ways:

  • On Instagram: Share a pic using the hashtags #therefashioners2016  and #jeanius
  • On Pinterest: There is a community board here where you can pin your makes. (You will need to request an invite to join)
  • On Facebook: There is a community board here where you can post your makes (You will need to request an invite to join)

Only entries shared via the above 3 methods will be entered into the competition. Closing date for entries is 30th September 2016 Midnight GMT. Good luck!!

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookPin on PinterestGoogle+

The Refashioners 2016: Elisalex

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ELISALEX DE CASTRO PEAKE - BY HAND LONDON

 

REFASHIONERS 2016 – A Fish Called Elisalex

Let me begin by stating for the record that denim is not my jam. In fact, thinking back over the last two Refashioners challenges I’ve been a part of (thank you Portia!), menswear is also not really my jam, and needless to say, denim menswear is the least my jam. For that, I’d like to extend my deeply heartfelt gratitude to Portia for pushing me well and truly as far away from my comfort zone as she possibly could!

All joking aside, that’s one of the things I look forward to most with The Refashioners. Although we, as a community, are united by our mutual love of fabric and sewing machines, we couldn’t be more diverse in terms of aesthetics – yet we manage to appreciate and celebrate each other as a whole, without siphoning ourselves off into bitchy sub-cliques (I’m looking at you, Fashion Industry) – and it’s that wonderous diversity that really shines through when a bunch of women – and man! – who essentially do the same thing, and are given the same materials to work with, come up with such an inspiration smorgasbord! Fabulous.

Anyway, where was I…? Right, me no likey denim. Having said that, the dress I made from the denim shirt two years ago, and the off the shoulder top I made from a man’s shirt last year have both been much loved and much worn, so I wasn’t worried in the slightest about the #jeanius brief. I headed straight for Pinterest and started thinking in terms of how to make denim work for me and my aesthetic ideal. While I love the unstructured off-duty look, and could definitely rock a floaty chambray trapeze dress, we’re talking jeans here – heavy duty fabric, built to last not drape – so I found myself drawn to an uber feminine silhouette, immediately excited by all the curves and figure sculpting potential of panelled jeans denim…THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ELISALEX DE CASTRO PEAKE - BY HAND LONDON

 As I was hatching my plan, a favourite 80s film suddenly sprang to mind, and one scene from A Fish Called Wanda in particular where Jamie Lee Curtis meets John Cleese for the first time and pretends to be a nerdy law student in order to strike up a conversation with him, and happens to be wearing a knockout denim dress that barely contains her bosom so what hope does the poor man have anyway?  And so it was decided – I set out to make the Wanda dress….

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ELISALEX DE CASTRO PEAKE - BY HAND LONDON

 

I came home from the charity shop with three pairs of men’s jeans – two mid blue and one a darker indigo, with a view to making a panelled wiggle dress contrasting the light and dark denim in order to further accentuate the curvaceous silhouette.

Luckily our Kim Dress pattern could not have been more perfect, and with a little hackaroo to the petal skirt I had me the perfect pattern, and better yet, all the panels fit perfectly on my limited supply of fabric harvested from the jeans.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ELISALEX DE CASTRO PEAKE - BY HAND LONDON THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ELISALEX DE CASTRO PEAKE - BY HAND LONDON THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ELISALEX DE CASTRO PEAKE - BY HAND LONDON THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ELISALEX DE CASTRO PEAKE - BY HAND LONDON

 

The construction was pretty straightforward, although when I say it took me all day to turn the bodice out to the right side, having joined the shell to the lining (a pretty printed cotton I snaffled from Amy aka Almond Rock’s recent destash), I literally mean exactly that. The summer holidays had just begun so I had sewn up the lining and joined it to the bodice one morning while my son was watching post-breakfast cartoons. I started trying to turn it out to the right side through the shoulder straps before heading out to the skatepark, but quickly realised it would be one of those that gives you a bit of hell before it magically pops out and you have yourself a bodice, so I took it out with us.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ELISALEX DE CASTRO PEAKE - BY HAND LONDON

 

I wrestled with that bodice, I fought, I gnawed and clawed while my son skateboarded, throughout lunch, back at home, back out at the park… I had a break over dinner then hit it hard again at bathtime (not mine of course), and by God it was 10.50pm by the time I got the whole thing out, minus two nails and having significantly compromised the integrity of my front teeth. That lonesome beer I found lurking at the back of my fridge must have been heaven sent.

After the bodice debacle, the rest of the dress came together super quick and was a dream to sew.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ELISALEX DE CASTRO PEAKE - BY HAND LONDON THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ELISALEX DE CASTRO PEAKE - BY HAND LONDON THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ELISALEX DE CASTRO PEAKE - BY HAND LONDON THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ELISALEX DE CASTRO PEAKE - BY HAND LONDON THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ELISALEX DE CASTRO PEAKE - BY HAND LONDON

 

The finished dress fits like a glove, and feels like a pair of super-Spanx with bonus in built lower back support, but in a really sexy way. I have never received more wolf-whistles, propositions and “Corrrr, blimey!”’s in my life, and so my conclusion is this – me likey denim now!

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ELISALEX DE CASTRO PEAKE - BY HAND LONDON (1)THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ELISALEX DE CASTRO PEAKE - BY HAND LONDON

 

Finally, and in homage to the image that inspired me to make this dream dress come true, I felt it would be rude not to try and recreate that scene. I’d like to thank the two random blokes we dragged away from the pub for being such great sports, and my sister for her flawless direction and photography skillz.THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ELISALEX DE CASTRO PEAKE - BY HAND LONDON THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ELISALEX DE CASTRO PEAKE - BY HAND LONDON

 

Thank you Portia for having me on the Refashioners again! It has been a meaty challenge, as ever, and one that has left me with a newfound love and respect for denim as well as a killer dress – score and score!

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ELISALEX DE CASTRO PEAKE - BY HAND LONDON

 

Sheesh Elisalex!! I’m not even sure what to say to this one except maybe….AROOOOGA! (Another 80’s reference Jessica Rabbit is the only clue you’re gettin’!) I am literally speechless. Such a well conceived and brilliantly executed idea. I can only apologise for the strain caused to your nails and teeth trying to turn that bodice and in terms of pushing you out of your comfort zone…you are most welcome!

You can find Elisalex here or here. And if you’re inspired to get your refashion on and enter the Community Challenge and be in with a chance of winning some epic prizes…DO IT! Deadline for entries is 30th Sept. Midnight GMT.

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

….I think you’ve got the idea now right? Essentially we want you to refashion some jeans! (You can find the full details/small print of the brief here). BUT, if you want to be in with a chance of winning one of these amazing prize packages you need to SHARE that refashion with us in one of the following ways:

  • On Instagram: Share a pic using the hashtags #therefashioners2016  and #jeanius
  • On Pinterest: There is a community board here where you can pin your makes. (You will need to request an invite to join)
  • On Facebook: There is a community board here where you can post your makes (You will need to request an invite to join)

Only entries shared via the above 3 methods will be entered into the competition. Closing date for entries is 30th September 2016 Midnight GMT. Good luck!!

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookPin on PinterestGoogle+

The Refashioners 2016: Erin

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN - CALIVINTAGE
When it came to working on the latest Refashioners challenge, I knew I wanted to do something simple. Mostly because it had to be simple. My sewing skills are beginner at best, and I know nothing about how to draft a pattern, so these projects are always a bit tricky for me. Fortunately, I tend to love to wear very simple designs. I own a lot of huipil style dresses and tops, and I adore them even if they are essentially two pieces of fabric sewn together. So I got to thinking about other styles of clothing in a similar vein and it dawned on me: a poncho! Which is, by design, “a single large sheet of fabric with an opening in the center for the head,” according to the Wikipedia definition.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN - CALIVINTAGE

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN - CALIVINTAGE

I used the legs of two pairs of jeans to create the fabric for the vest, which is essentially an open-front poncho.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN - CALIVINTAGETHE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN - CALIVINTAGETHE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN CALIVINTAGE

The fabric panels for the vest portion of the jacket were simply the legs of the jeans. Bonus: you now have some jorts to wear in the summer, if that’s your thing.

Simply trim the pieces of fabric until they are identical in size, and you’re ready to start sewing.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN CALIVINTAGETHE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN CALIVINTAGE
I lined-up the bottom hems of the trousers to create the bottom hem of the vest. Face the fabric inwards and sew both the two pairs of panels together horizontally across the top edge. These are the two shoulder seams.THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN CALIVINTAGE
THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN CALIVINTAGETHE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN CALIVINTAGE

Now that the shoulder seams have been sewn, we’ll sew up the back of the jacket. Place the two long panels RS together and sew along the back, stopping short of the shoulder seams.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN CALIVINTAGE

Now you have created an open-front poncho. You can stop here and ponder different variations. The remaining edges can be finished and worn as a vest.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN - CALIVINTAGE

You can leave an opening for the collar and continue sewing down the front for a top, or you can add  sleeves to create a jacket…

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN CALIVINTAGE

Which is what I did! I decided to get a bit adventurous and used two more trouser legs to create the arms for a jacket. I cut the fabric in such a way that I was utilizing the finished hems of the trousers as much as possible while constructing my jacket. (they ended up being my cuffs)

Simply line-up your trouser leg with the shoulder seam, pin it in place, and sew it on. Once those have been attached, you can sew the side seams and finish the front edges.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN - CALIVINTAGETHE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN - CALIVINTAGETHE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN - CALIVINTAGE

 

 As a very optional last step, I decided to use a natural indigo dye to create a single deep blue shade for the entire garment, but this isn’t really necessary if you start with a pair of dark wash jeans.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN - CALIVINTAGETHE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN - CALIVINTAGE
And there you have it!  A simple denim poncho jacket ready to wear!

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN - CALIVINTAGETHE REFASHIONERS 2016 - ERIN - CALIVINTAGE

The fun part is that you can do the same with a closed front if you prefer a shirt, or you can skip adding the arms for a shorter length vest or top. Hope you enjoy!

Gloriously simple right?!! The earliest clothes were made from simple rectangles of fabric and while clothes have gotten alot more complicated construction wise since ancient times; the appeal of simple styles and shapes has endured through it all. If anything it’s seen a significant resurgence in recent years. Refashions (sewing in general in fact) needn’t be complex. It’s all just shapes sewn together. So start with simple rectangles, (conveniently you have some sat right there in the legs of those unloved jeans!) sew them together in different configurations, try stuff….see what happens 😉

You can find Erin here or here. And if you’re inspired to get your refashion on and enter the Community Challenge and be in with a chance of winning some epic prizes…DO IT! Deadline for entries is 30th Sept. Midnight GMT.

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

….I think you’ve got the idea now right? Essentially we want you to refashion some jeans! (You can find the full details/small print of the brief here). BUT, if you want to be in with a chance of winning one of these amazing prize packages you need to SHARE that refashion with us in one of the following ways:

  • On Instagram: Share a pic using the hashtags #therefashioners2016  and #jeanius
  • On Pinterest: There is a community board here where you can pin your makes. (You will need to request an invite to join)
  • On Facebook: There is a community board here where you can post your makes (You will need to request an invite to join)

Only entries shared via the above 3 methods will be entered into the competition. Closing date for entries is 30th September 2016 Midnight GMT. Good luck!!

 

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookPin on PinterestGoogle+

The Refashioners 2016: Sally

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC

This year’s challenge for “The Refashioners” refashion series is to remake a pair of jeans into something, with the majority of the finished project coming from the source garment, that is, it should be a mainly denim item.

Personally, I rarely work with denim as I do worry that I’d get carried away and end up with something like this, that is, something very obviously having been made from a pair of old jeans. It looks a bit strange because there are very few garment types that are typically made from the same heavy denim as jeans are – even denim jackets use lighter weight denim.

So, my target garment for this fabric had to be another pair of jeans. Cut up jeans to make more jeans, you ask? What is the point?

Well, the look I’m hoping to emulate is a designer pair of jeans which is made from… old jeans. These Vetements Fall 2015 jeans originally retailed at $1450 (here they are on Net a Porter) and they came in several different styles. The label basically bought up loads of vintage Levi 501s (!!) and cut them up using their own pattern to make an interesting new style.

Key to the look is the ‘pocket within a pocket’ shapes on the back (no actual back pockets), seams down the front and back legs, and uneven, unfinished hems.

These were absolutely everywhere at one time… like you could barely read a fashion blog without seeing them at some fashion week or other.

I actually read quite a few articles praising these jeans before coming across one that mentioned they use TWO pairs of vintage Levis for each finished pair. Two! Pairs! Of vintage, wearable jeans!

Of course, I’m going to emulate these using something ugly and turning it into something… interesting, if not 100% beautiful.

I started with a pair of ordinary jeans.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC

 

These particular jeans are bog standard Marks and Spencer dad-jeans of absolutely no fashion merit of any kind (no vintage Levis were harmed in the making of this project). The only criteria for selection were that they were a little big on me (but not massively outsized) and they are a fairly light wash (so the pocket shapes will show up once the pockets are removed).

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC

I picked these up in my local Cancer Research shop for £2. Bargain!

First step obviously was to remove the back pockets and remove the lint (urgh). Note the lovely colour difference between the washed areas and the original denim (this is key to getting the look).

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC

I unpicked the waistband everywhere except the centre front section (that would be hard to sew back on).

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC

I also unpicked the back seam.

I merrily cut up the back legs and at ninety degrees into the centre back seam.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC

Sewing the back sections in gave me the look I wanted for the pocket sections, but my overenthusiastic seam allowance left me with a bit of a gap at centre back, as it turns out.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC

Trying them on, I made a new centre back seam.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC

Because of the aforementioned gap, I ended up with a dark blue stripe in the middle. No big deal.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC

I cut up the front legs, making sure to cut far enough away from any rivets that I could sew it back together without having to sew over any.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC

I included the pocket bags in the seams, so the front pockets still work.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC

The slight colour variations in the wash help emphasise the new style lines, I think.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC

I made some fitting adjustments on the back seams to make them a bit tighter, but overall the fit was OK.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC

The only issue was to shorten the waistband accordingly.

I cut it and reattached it in two places (to avoid bulk from seam allowances at the join between the centre back seam and the waistband). I actually ended up sewing the belt loop back on by hand as it was more than my machine could take!

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC

And here are the finished jeans!

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC

There is room for my phone in the front pockets, just about.

I left the hems uneven and unfinished. To get them to unravel a bit, I just ran them through the washing machine.

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC

The back pocket pattern I think looks great!

THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC THE REFASHIONERS 2016 - SALLY - CHARITY SHOP CHIC

Thank you Portia for asking me to be part of this series again!

 

Yep, been seeing these everywhere too! Such a subtle change that completely transforms a pair of jeans from shapeless and styless to fitted and edgy. Not only does this process provide really interesting style details but it also fixes the issue of a too big pair of jeans. Win win I’d say! Thank you so much Sally!!

You can find Sally here or here. And if you’re inspired to get your refashion on and enter the Community Challenge and be in with a chance of winning some epic prizes…DO IT! Deadline for entries is 30th Sept. Midnight GMT.

The Refashioners 2016 - Huge Prize Package

….I think you’ve got the idea now right? Essentially we want you to refashion some jeans! (You can find the full details/small print of the brief here). BUT, if you want to be in with a chance of winning one of these amazing prize packages you need to SHARE that refashion with us in one of the following ways:

  • On Instagram: Share a pic using the hashtags #therefashioners2016  and #jeanius
  • On Pinterest: There is a community board here where you can pin your makes. (You will need to request an invite to join)
  • On Facebook: There is a community board here where you can post your makes (You will need to request an invite to join)

Only entries shared via the above 3 methods will be entered into the competition. Closing date for entries is 30th September 2016 Midnight GMT. Good luck!!

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookPin on PinterestGoogle+
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 96 |