We’re really excited to be part of the refashioners this year, after squabbling over who got to take on this challenge with Rachel (rock, paper, scissors sorts out everything!) I won. I’ve been wanting to make a cropped denim jacket for ages to wear with dresses and I felt like this was the perfect project to make this happen. I started off with one pair of my old jeans and one pair from my other half.
I didn’t have a pattern that I wanted to use so I decided to use the bodice part of a Vogue jumpsuit pattern (V9075) that I love and have already spent a long time making sure fit. I used the back panels and then modified the front so that it was one piece. I then started hunting through the tissue paper looking for the sleeve pattern piece only to discover that I had lost it! After a few choice words not to be repeated I had to draft my own.
Once I had all the pattern pieces it was time to cut out. What I really enjoyed about this part is that I took the sewing rule book and promptly threw it out of the window. Because of the limitations on the size of fabric and the look I wanted to get I had to ignore the grainline (I know gasp!) I wanted to make a feature of the flat felled double stitch line on the inside leg of both pairs, I unpicked the outside hem and started to lay out my pattern pieces.
I used my jeans for the arms because they had some stretch and I thought it they’d be best suited for that and the rest of the came out of other pair. Here are all my pieces ready to be overlocked.
Sewing together this jacket was an absolute breeze, the denim was lovely to work with and I started by sewing together the bodice section of the jacket.
Once this was done and pressed I need to to attach the facing, I had made one continuous piece that went up the front of the jacket and around the neckline. I pinned it onto the bodice, lining everything up at the seams. Once I had sewn this I turned it out and gave it a really good press. I then sewed the facing to the jacket bodice at the shoulder seams to hold it all in place.
I then added the sleeves and tried it on. I was really pleased with the fit and decided on a turn up cuff. I started to pin the pocket pieces onto the jacket (I’d taken them off one of the pairs of jeans) I had wanted to have them on the outside of the jacket, but because its so cropped they looked really weird and decided on a sneaky inside pocket instead.
I topstitched the whole of the outside of the jacket in a navy blue, I had planned on using some orange but in the end I thought it made more of a feature of the jeans original stitching.
Not bad for an afternoon’s work I have to say!
I have to say, this cute and simple little jacket is right up my alley. You’ll probably have noticed a common theme developing in how our bloggers are overcoming the limitations of jeans. And that is, if you’re using a pattern, reducing the size of your pattern pieces so you can piece them from your jeans like a jigsaw AND incorporating original seams (or hems) as part of your design to open up your pattern placement options a bit! And like Kate says, you may have to throw out the sewing rule book (Grainline! What grainline?!) from time to time with refashioning. That’s just part of the fun though!!
You can find Kate & Rachel 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.
….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!!