FO x 2 – Kimono Tee with Pin Tucked Panel & Refashioned Jeans (again!)

Dropping a dress size and a half, (thankyou peops for all your lovely comments and yes Marie. New hair too!) means that pretty much everything I had in my wardrobe no longer fits me. So I’ve started rebuilding my wardrobe pretty much from scratch. This week I finished up a couple of versatile wardrobe basics….

Refashioned Jeans:  I picked these up at a local charity shop for £1.89! They are brand new M&S jeans in a supersoft khaki denim with a bit of stretch. Guess what…..they’re a size 10! I can’t remember the last time I fit into a size 10. In my teens I think! Granted the stretch element of the denim probably helps, but who cares! Anyhow, M&S jeans always fit me nicely in the waist, bum and hips. But the leg styles can often be a little frumpy so I just narrowed them in my usual way.

Black kimono tee: made from fabric that J’s Nanny Flo gave to me. The length means I can wear it out like this, (without fear of builders bum 😉 or tucked into a waistband without causing too much bulk underneath.  It’s self drafted using this method, and then sliced up to insert a triangular panel with pintuck detailing. (The “slicing up” part to be detailed in a post to follow shortly) The neckline, sleeves and hem are all faced with bias. Using bias as a neckline facing is a new revelation to me. I can’t believe I haven’t done it sooner! It’s sooooo easy and negates the need to draft a neckline facing.

 I first used it on my pleat front tunic as detailed in the original pattern instructions.  I can see this being a particularly useful and time saving technique for future makes. Especially for refashioning; where if I wanted to recut a neckline, I would otherwise have to draft a facing by tracing the curve from the fabric. Something that has always stumped me in the past. Daft really when I think about it. I’ve used bias to bind a neckline before. So I don’t know why it never occurred to me to go one step further to steam it into shape and turn it in as a facing instead! a bit of “doh” forehead slapping moment! I’m probably late to the party for that one. You clever lot all knew about it already I’ll bet!

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10 Comments

  1. Marie September 13, 2012

    Another winning outfit Miss P ;o)

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    • Miss P September 14, 2012

      Thanks Marie! I still need to work on my jumping and pouting poses. I’ve been taking notes Marie, taking notes….;)
      Px

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  2. didyoumakethat September 14, 2012

    You do look absolutely gorgeous, Miss P!

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    • Miss P September 14, 2012

      Not as gorgeus as you do in your new apron Miss Karen!
      Px

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  3. Sew little time September 14, 2012

    well done on the weight loss – you look great! and i love your new sharp hair- it really suits you! i would love to know how you did the pleated panel.

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    • Miss P September 14, 2012

      Thankyou so much 🙂 A “how to” has just gone up 🙂
      Px

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  4. Symon September 14, 2012

    you are definitely the master of the re-fashion! love those jeans! 🙂

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    • Miss P September 14, 2012

      They’re my new faves! Nothing to do with the size 10 on the label of course, ahem. That would just be shallow 😉
      Px

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  5. johanna September 14, 2012

    I’m really inspired by your self-drafted top and the panels. As soon as I’ve finished my on-going projects I will totally make the top! Thanks!
    And your hair is gorgeous btw!

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    • Miss P September 14, 2012

      Aw thanks Johanna. You totally have to email me once you’ve made it. I’d love to see it!
      Px

      Reply

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