Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Hiya! I'm currently 1mth & 13 days into my "self imposed op-shopping ban" and I'm having terrible withdrawls! So today I decided I'd better delve into my refashioning pile & get busy making something to keep my mind off shopping!
So I took these old jeans of mine (thrifted about 3yrs ago). I liked them but thought they could do with a few tweeks for spring/summer:
 Awhile back I thrifted a long doiley for 50c with plans to use it in a refashion and today it found it's use!
(Now this is by no means a new idea I used to refashion my jeans like this as a 15yr old! I soo loved the ones I did back then with purple suade!)
I cut it into two long triangle pieces along with two cotton pieces cut from an old unused sheet. I then sewed & overlocked the pieces together:
 I was feeling lazy so instead of unpicking the side seam of my jeans I cut them open to the length I wanted:
And pinned in the triangle inserts:
I then stitched them on & overlocked the edges :)
One thing that always bothered me about these jeans were the front pockets that you could see through the jeans so I took care of them too:
I trimmed them off & overlocked:
And stitched them shut! I have used this idea on quite a few pants over the years where the pockets added extra unwanted bulk or didn't sit flat!
And here are my finished refashioned bellbottoms (please excuse the crazy hair!):

Aren't they funky! I love 'em =)


Coastalharp said...

I'm a child of the 'bell bottomed 70's'....so I know my bells! These are adorable!

Juli Photo Diary said...



Elizabeth Ribons said...

The added texture and flare make them very cool.
I relate to cutting off pockets. I have been doing it for a while now too.

Unknown said...

Brilliant!! And well done on your ban so far

Jenni said...

Love 'em Huli!

You always inspire!

Adele said...

Those are amazing. I used to have a pair that I loved when i was little, I didn't know they were so easy to make! I'm definitely trying it out!

Unknown said...

Ohmygoodness!!! I LOVE this idea! I can't believe it never occurred to me!