Thursday, 19 January 2012

Upcycled Denim Pinafore

Have you ever had that feeling while you are making something that you are either making something AMAZING or a complete dud?

That was how I felt while sewing this dress for Rascal (yes another one, I'm officially addicted!)


You may remember that a while ago I showed you this denim skirt that I had bought from an op-shop (thrift shop) and said that I was going use to make a pinafore for Rascal.

Among the nods of approval there was a word of warning, that if handled incorrectly denim can become a shapeless stiff tent. I will admit that I was a bit scared by this, so I put the skirt aside and didn't dare to touch it.

When I finally decided to tackle it, I took the warning to heart and altered the pattern that I used for this pinafore to make it a bit more fitted. I also used an old denim pinafore of Rascal's as reference for the skirt.
Once it was finished, I couldn't wait to try it on Rascal and see how I'd done.

I had to make a couple of extra alterations, including adding a dart to the back of the bodice (if only it lined up with the seam in the skirt).

I think I'll place a tartankiwi label at the top of the dart to hide the ugly crease.


The dress is not quite finished as I ran out of the thread that I was using for the top stitching and need to buy some more (Grrrrr!).



Rascal's verdict-

She loves her "butterfly dress" and insisted on wearing it to preschool yesterday morning.

My verdict-

Amazing is maybe putting it a bit strongly, but I'm really thrilled with the results of my first sewing upcycling project and I'm extremely grateful to Laura for the warning about denim as without it this could've been a disaster!

On a personal note, I'm really impressed that I successfully managed to make my own alterations to the pattern.

The dress is pretty flattering too and it makes my girl look really tall and slim when she wears it!

This is officially my favourite thing that I have sewn... so far... until next week... or the week after...

24 comments :

  1. It looks fantastic Juliet and she looks so cute in it x

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  2. Clever Mumma, it is adorable. Love the pics she looks very chuffed with her new pini.

    xox

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  3. It looks sooo good! You should be so proud! I refuse to touch denim!

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  4. The skirt is the perfect shape and fit for denim and the placement of the flowers suits the pinafore style of dress. A great upcycle!!! You'll be addicted now. Thanks for sharing...

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  5. Love it! and Congrats! you have pulled this off extremely well, its perfect for the pattern of the original skirt :) Addicting huh? :)

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  6. very nice, i love this dress. i know what you mean about not knowing if something will turn out yay or nay. this is definitely a yay!

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  7. What a pro! Rascal is getting quite into the modelling also. Haha. Seriously - good use of the floral boarder.

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  8. Juliet!! You have every right to be super proud of this!! WELL DONE!! Looks amazing!

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  9. Love the dress. I'm a huge fan of recycling/upcycling fabrics and I think you did a fantastic job!

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  10. Amazing is definitely not putting it too strongly, it's exactly the word that came to mind while I read your post.

    It looks fabulous, and sounds like you made some excellent modification decisions :)

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  11. It really does look amazing! And luckily kids don't stay still long enough for anyone to notice miss matched seams! Love especially that it is upcyled!

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  12. That is a super fabulous dress/pinny for a little girl! I am sure if the person whose skirt it was saw it, they would fall over in surprise at the adaption.

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  13. Absolutely brilliant! I love what you did with this skirt - fabulous upcycle!

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  14. That is really stunning! I love it! The dress is such a perfect fit on your daughter. Found your blog via Pam (my mum) at Threading My Way ;)Tash (Little Ladybird)

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  15. so cute. I'd wear it if it fit me!

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  16. Hi, just saw this dress on Pams blog and I love it!!!!! What a transformation.

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  17. well done, love what you did, very clever!

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  18. Great job and super cute refashion.

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  19. Love it! Beautiful work - well done!

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  20. I've featured your dress today...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/01/threading-your-way-features_29.html

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  21. This is awesome,you have great talent!
    www.blissfulsewing.blogspot.com

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