Sunday, January 09, 2011

Another denim reconstruction

So here is the tunic I made from two pairs of old jeans plus some scrap denim. I used a Simplicity 'Project Runway' sewing pattern, but don't ask me what the number of it is because my sister-out-law like the tunic so much she's borrowed the pattern and taken it away... Did you notice that I've only worn it one day and there are already wrinkles at the midsection? Well, it just so happens that those wrinkles used to be the backs of the boy's knees.

The front piece is from the boy's old jeans; the back is from one of my own old pairs; and the dark side panels and pockets are from some stretch denim scraps left over from my last attempt at trousers. Sorry if you noticed the glimpse of crepe-y armpit in this picture...

The feature of this design is really the rounded neck band, the button used to fasten it (it's actually sewn down - there's no buttonhole), and the resulting keyhole at the upper chest which I presume is supposed to be sexy without being revealing. The button is a spare that I had from when I was making my spring coat. I didn't do a great job of making the ends of the band perfectly rounded, but it'll have to do. I spent so much time top-stitching, taking in the torso (then re-topstitching) and putting in the zip only to rip it out again, that after a while I just wanted to finish it and move on with my life.

I used this lovely printed voile to line the pockets and the neck band. The hem also has a facing, but for that I used a lime green bit of quilting cotton (which I forgot to take a photo of).
Apart from the slightly Jetsons-look due to the overly-thick shoulder parts of the neck band, I'm really happy with the garment. I've already bought two more pieces of fabric (in bright violet and bright turquoise - Arthur Toye's was having a sale) to make long-sleeved versions of this - that is, when I get my pattern back. One thing to note, if you are a rectangular shape, is that by the time you've accommodated for the wider waist you won't need a zip to get in and out of it!

7 comments:

Antoinette said...

I'm digging this! Was just thinking I should get back into the recycled denim thing before winter leaves us, and here you go providing inspiration! Thank you.

Nigel Patel said...

That is a spiffy button.

Violet said...

antoinette: I just love working with denim. It's easy to sew and very forgiving of multiple un-pickings!
nigel: yeah it's great. Should be though - it cost $6.50 for just one.

donnasoowho said...

I lurve it - it looks most excellent! Clever you!

Violet said...

donnasoowho: Aw thanks!

jessica said...

That is so inspired! I really love this. I want to borrow it myself.

Violet said...

jessica: I've seen some great versions of this patterns at PatternReview, but for me I just love working with denim.