Sunday, November 1, 2015

2 OF MY LATEST DENIM RE-FASHION PROJECTS! [DIY sewing]

[DIY denim blazer]
What up, what up, what uuuppppp? That sleeveless DIY blazer that everyone one saw in my sewing room reveal, that's what! I got so many inquiries and e-mails about that DIY blazer on the stand. I finished the armholes and I am going to share it with you here today. I will style this DIY blazer and take pictures another time but I wanted to answer a few questions that were presented to me about this project.
First let me say that I love refashioning or re-purposing denim and not to toot my own horn, I think I'm pretty good at it. I hold on to all the denim in my house, I had some acid wash denim that I used on this blazer back from who knows when. They were my son's jeans from when he was a little one so I only had a small amount to that to use. This is another Simplicity 1421 blazer, sleeveless this time.

How do I piece the denim together? 
 If I have a piece big enough for the pattern piece then I just cut it out using seams, pockets and hems if I can. Otherwise I sew pieces together to make larger pieces.

How do I decide what denim to use?
 I just mix and match whatever I have or what moves me at that moment. I try  to make sure you can see the difference in all the pieces.

How do I manage to sew over the thick pieces?
I try to trim as much of the thickness as I can away from the seams or the sections I am sewing together. Also make sure to use a denim needle and lastly take my time sewing over the thickness.

How do I choose what garments  I want to make with the recycled denim?
I don't know, I just do it! I always have denim in my sewing space, so it's always in my face. I do try to remember that if I am using the recycled denim to be mindful of patterns with difficult seams or intersections. That could end up being an issue if I want to use the seams and pockets of the recycled denim. 

This skirt below was made for someone  for a post but I never received the photographs that were promised. I thought I would share anyway. The Afro lady is the recycled denim used for this project.

Below a few other Re-fashioned/Re-purposed denim projects
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30 comments

  1. Perfect placement of the denim pieces!!! Great hi low denim wash choices!!!! Overall A+++ LOVE....LOVE...LOVE!

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    1. I'm glad I aced that test! lol! Thanks ReDpants!

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  2. I love the skirt with the afro lady and the dress Mori is wearing. I actually have a couple denim dresses still from 90s (eek). I am not brave enough to try to redesign. Talent

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    1. Thanks Victoria! Ax for the denim redesign........I say JUST DO IT!!!!! I'm wanting to piece together a jumpsuit sometime in the near future.

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  3. These are just amazing! You are so talented. Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. Rory, Rory, Rory, I am just so thankful that i have this platform to share my work. Encouragement from people like you make all the difference! Thanks so much.

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  4. Love that sleeveless blazer. Your other refashioned denim projects are great. That reupholstered chair is talking to me. Never would have thought of doing anything like that.

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    1. I am super impressed that my work is talking to you, cause that's what I am here to do! I brain works best when I'm coloring outside the lines! Stick around for more.

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  5. Can I buy your afro chick template? Just kidding, unless you are willing to sell it lol :) I Really love all your work... Unique and beautiful

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    1. Gurrrllll, let me start by saying, when I first made that Afro lady for the sewing contest that I won I had no ideal how people would love that lady! I have found several people on social media who have recreated my exact outfit that I made and taking credit for the design. Unfortunately my template is not for sale but you can create your own for sure even if you don't draw.

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  6. Loving that repurposed jacket/vest! You did that!
    Hugs
    Shari
    MDT, LLC

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    1. Shari, I gots denim for days and always trying to do something different with it.

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  7. I look forward to your e-mails. You are super talented. I like that you draw outside the box.
    I am going to check out all that denim I have been saving.

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    1. Thanks Barbara! I am glad to hear that you subscribed by e-mail and YESSSSSS get that denim out and make something!

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  8. You are a very talented lady and I love all that you do I am going to steal that chair covered in denim idea I just love denim

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    1. Cheryl, you go right ahead and male yourself a denim covered chair, just make sure you let me see the finished product! Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the internet and as always stay tuned for more.........

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  9. Gurl, I absolutely love what you did with this blazer!!!!! as always, you come with it, all I can do is just SMH, You keep me inspired!!!!

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    1. oooooooooohhhhh yeah, that's what I'm talkin bout! I am happy to inspire and share my gift with my peeps!

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  10. I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog! your talents are endless and your projects are fabulous. Keep doing what you're doing because it's great.

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    1. Thank you, thank you so much! I am having a blst sharing my work on this blog and I am glad everyone is receptive to what I am doing.

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  11. Love the ingenuity and imagination that you use in these projects!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn, I was born outside of the box so this comes naturally to me.

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    1. Thank you! I am having a blast sharing what I love to do!!!

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  13. This is fly! And I really really like the pockets for some reason lol

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    1. I love using my re-fashioned denim for this project and the pockets are just pure FUN!! Thanks for stopping by Hun.

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