Pants: upcycled

I bought my favourite pants at an H&M sale years ago and wore them until the time came when they needed to retire. My past year has consisted mostly of dresses and skirts, as I feel better wearing “traditional female attire”, and I decided my beloved pants deserved a second lifetime as a dress bodice. When I was in Riga last summer I bought several metres of unbleached Lithuanian linen (such a lovely fabric!), and to enhance the narrow purple stripes in the otherwise grey pants fabric, I coloured some of it in a warm purple. The bodice is a modified version of the Elizabeth Gathered Waist Dress (one of my go-to patterns), and I added a slightly bigger than quarter-circle skirt to this. The hem is trimmed with pale purple bias tape. As a final touch I added single welt pockets (tutorial) to the skirt – one of the amazing things one can do when sewing garments is to add practical things like pockets to women’s clothes.

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As I made the bodice slightly too big during stitching, there were some fitting problems. I took a large chunk out of the back and added tucks to the front neckline, and I think it turned out pretty well. As I managed to rip my precious fabric during fitting, I appliqued a purple butterfly on the back to cover my sewn-up holes.

In the end I got the summer dress I wanted, and my pants have been reborn as a new garment.

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2 responses to “Pants: upcycled

  1. Leanne

    Beautiful! I love the trim on the hem. Such a great idea, giving fabric from a favorite garment a second life.

    • Thank you! I really loved that my precious pants are now the bodice on my dress as well :) As for the trimming, using bias tape has become one of my favourites of late, especially combining a bias tape foot with my sewing machine.

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