SRBliss – jean upcycle


It has been really cold in Hobart the last week or so. Autumn has well and truly arrived. I am loving the colours and  changes in the leaves and the light. Today when we walked home from the Farmgate markets we kicked up Autumn leaves on the footpath like kids.

But I am having to dig very deep into my wardrobe. I am extending my Far North Queensland clothes with layering and stockings, boots and jackets.

But I am very light on in the jeans department – to be honest I have rarely worn jeans for the last 20 years. But I did find a pair of Katies Uplift jeans in pale denim. It was one of those purchases, you know, 50% off the reduced price – I think they cost $7. But they are waaaay too long and even though they claim to “slim the lower leg” there was a lot of material happening down there and I never wore them.

Nothing to lose – I decided it was time for a jean upcycle.

The sewing machine has not seen the light of day for a long long time, but it all came back like riding a bike. (Come to think of it the bike hasn’t seen the light of day for a while either!)

I tried on a pair of Cue jeans that I love the cut and length of  – then carefully aligning the crotch – pinned, stitched, cut and edged. The whole process took about 10 minutes.

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I was really pleased with the result as they are really comfortable to wear and now I don’t have to roll them 12 times and feel like I am wearing my big sisters clothes (Actually my big sister is a petite and I would never fit into her jeans!).

I was so excited the I decided to distress them and got out the stitch-ripper and scissors. I think it probably needs a little more distressing but it was curiously satisfying to do.


What do you think? Good job? Have you done any altering or upcycling – tell us about it in the comments below.

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