Upcycled jeans become denim dress

Whoosh! Summer raced by, with renovations on our house, and helping out on renovations at our daughter and son-in-law’s house and weaving, weaving, weaving, weaving, weaving!

I’ve been working HARD on new books and am hunkering in and am  ~FINALLY~ getting them closer to completion and  releasing- oh my!

I took a little break from my looms the other evening to indulge in a little bit of upcycling.

My daughter in law gave me some of her torn blue jeans a few months ago.

Suddenly, the other evening, I felt the urge to take the scissors to them:

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I have a couple of dress patterns that I am besotted with these days, and find myself making them over and over in various configurations.

In my previous blog post, (link to post) I showed how I used my fave dress pattern with fabric that I had woven on various narrow looms.

Snipping up the bluejeans to fit the pattern pieces was a touch tricky, and forced me to bend a few ‘good seamstressing’ rules, but what the heck, why not?

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I am fanatical about pinning the living daylights out of the sections of garments when I am stitching them together, but I don’t pin my pattern pieces to the fabric when cutting out.

I like my rock collection that I have gathered up over the years. 🙂 They hold things in place without damaging the pattern tissues.

And, of course, I HAD to save and re-use the bum pockets!

I also saved a little pocket from the inside of one pair for a cellphone or glasses mini-pocket, too.

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Unfortunately, when I picked the pockets off the backside of the jeans, there were 2 dark blue pocket shapes. Drat!

I thought about attempting to bleach them out, but then thought: Ah, why not consider them to be ‘design elements’? 😀

I am tickled pink with my upcycled denim dress, and am so happy that a couple of pairs of torn jeans have come back to life as a fun and comfy tunic that I am going to enjoy enormously! Whee!

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I really should show you the dress that I made from a garage sale tablecloth… it’s great! I wove the neckband…. okay… must take pictures and get back into the habit of blogging again!

And, by the way…. Happy September!





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8 responses to “Upcycled jeans become denim dress

  1. You are totally amazing, Noreen, and the tunic is fabulous. I must have a second look through that huge bag of jeans that I’ve been saving.


  2. Jan

    Noreen, your ingenuity and creativity never cease to amaze me! I have many old jean legs cut from recycling my husband’s jeans into shorts after the knees have worn through. Now to find the perfect pattern. Thank you for this inspiration.


  3. Thanks so much, Chris! I am sure that you will come up with some really fun ways to upcycle your worn out jeans, too! Looking forward to seeing what you do!


  4. Hi Jan,
    Thanks so much!!!
    Don’t forget that you can piece together those old jeans legs to create larger chunks of fabric that will allow you to make whatever you want with them. 🙂
    Have fun with them!


  5. Charlotte

    Love, love, love this tunic! You are such an inspiration! I can hardly wait to see your new books!


  6. Thanks so much, Charlotte! I can hardly wait to get the books done and out there! 🙂


  7. Aleksa

    So clever! This is at once both retro and very new. Good ony a!


  8. Thanks so much, Aleksa! Denim is such a wonderful fabric- it has lots and lots of life to it! 😀


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