5.24.2017

Madewell Inspired Distressed Denim Jacket Refashion




This refashion was inspired by this  Madewell Distressed Denim Jacket. (It's on sale right now!) My mom bought it about a month ago, and I ended up really liking it. I had a denim jacket that I wanted to update and make trendier. I've had this jacket since my senior year of high school and it was my favorite denim jacket. It just needed a little sprinkling of refashion magic to be a closet favorite again. :)

 I am currently loving any distressed denim, and that was actually my favorite part of this refashion. When I attended FIDM, I attended some denim workshops and I got to learn all sorts of ways to distress denim. For this refashion, I just simply cut the denim and tugged and pulled at it to distress it. 



STEPS


1. I cut off the collar first.


2. Then, I tugged at it and pulled the threads to distress it. There was some interfacing (the white stuff inside the collar) in the collar, that I simply cut out. 


3. To make the front yoke pieces, I traced the shape over some paper.


4. I cut out the front yoke pieces and left about 1/4"-1/2" left to be able to sew the new yoke pieces.


Here's a close up. I also tugged at and pulled the threads so it would have that distressed look.


5. I pinned the new yoke pieces as shown, and sewed them on.


6. Next, I cut out the back yoke piece, once again leaving anywhere from 1/4"-1/2" trim in order to sew the new yoke. 


7. I sewed three pieces of denim together (sewn at the pink dots) to make the new back yoke piece. Then, I pinned and sewed on the new yoke.


8. Since this jacket was fitted and I was going for a less fitted look, I cut open two back seams as shown.


9. I cut out two denim panels to insert into the jacket.


10. First, I hemmed the two panel pieces (as shown by the pink arrow). Then, I pinned and sewed the panels on.


11. Lastly, I just chopped off a little piece of the hem, tugged at it to distress it, and done!


TA DA!

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5.15.2017

"Picnic Blouse" Gingham and Ruffles Refashion

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Have you ever imagined something in your head (like a drawing, painting, or any other project), and had it come out exactly how you imagined it? Well as we creatives know, it doesn't happen all the time. But when it does, it's so exhilarating! This happened to me when making this blouse. When I first got this cute little blouse (5 years ago!), I wore it ALL the time. As time and trends passed by, it got pushed into the back of my closet. 

Lately, I've started to see all sorts of cute ruffle sleeve tops, a trend which I love. Go google "ruffle sleeve tops," you won't be disappointed! And maybe you'll find some inspiration for your own refashion. :) So, I had recently been given this red gingham fabric which reminded me of a summer picnic, hence the name "Picnic Blouse" for this cute and trendy refashion.

ruffle top blouse refashion upcycle gingham before photo

STEPS:


1. I chopped off a part of the bottom.



2. I cut a long strip as shown to make a ruffle for the hem.


3. I stitched a gathering stitch on top of the strip.


4. Then, I attached it to the bottom of the shirt.


5. I did the same thing again to add a second ruffle.


6. Next, I cut off the elastic on the sleeves.


7. I cut two strips, and stitched a gathering stitch on top.


8. Then, I sewed it onto the sleeve, (right sides of fabric touching).


9. After, I hemmed the ends.


10. I wanted a little bow detail on the back, so I cut two strips as shown. About 1 1/2" wide. I sewed them together and then flipped them inside out. I followed this tutorial to flip my straps inside out.


11.  I made a slit on the back and sewed it like a hem as shown below. I added a little pleat at the bottom of the slit.


12. Finally, I sewed on the straps to tie off the bow.



TA DA!

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