I had a very good plan for the next month, but when the refashioners came out, and I was seeing all the wonderful makes – they were happily swept to one side so I could finally attack the stash of denim.
I did a denim dress last year, and it was meant to do a patch work version of a McCalls pattern, but found out not all denims are equal, and matching them was a bit overwhelming, so I made something simpler. At the same time, I also thought I could make a tonal denim quilt, so I had asked my sister to give any used denims from her family (which would have been for a textile recycle) to me, so I got a fair bit over the past 2 years. I also had just made a cute pattern for a cap sleeve top, and upcycled some linen shorts (which are not still waiting to be ‘faced’ as I started sewing this denim in the middle of it all!) – and I also started making a denim dress which I am now just finishing – I really did get distracted by the refashioners, and it was also a great chance to make something from the denim stash.
The denim I used is from a pair of jeans I intended to use last year, so they were already taken apart. They seem to have a purple rinse and did not really ‘go’ with much else, the shade has great depth.
The sew for both was straightforward, and neither need closures as its a boat neck. The neckline and arm holes are finished with some bias tape. I have quite a few sleeveless tops but liked the idea of a small cap sleeve so my arms would not feel bare, and I could wear a tee shirt underneath!
The darts give it some shaping at waist – and worn here as double denim….. I have not tried it on with much other stuff yet, I think it should work well with culottes or gauchos?