Applique Denim Shorts

I found these shorts in my local Traid charity shop, I love them but they were too big. This simple trick shows that if a pair of denim shorts or jeans are too big OR too small it doesn't mean that you can't change this. 


Simply cut the shorts through the centre back of each leg through to the waist band.

At the point you can either take out the unwanted fabric or add an insert in.

I measured the waist band against my own waist measurement and deducted the excess fabric to make it my size BUT wait... I did add 2 inches seam allowance  - I like to have half an inch seam allowance on piece of fabric to allow for change and over locking.

Then I simply sewed back up the centre of the legs returning the shorts back to normal (apart from a center back seam).  At this point if you have access to an over-locker you can over lock the raw edges or simply use a zig zag stitch on the raw edges to stop fraying. 

Voila x

Crinoline Lady Denim Gillet


Recently I was at the Friday Street car boot sale in Suffolk. It is one of my pleasures in life, I love being in Suffolk, I love being able to mooch and explore around the car boot in fresh air (as much as I love London - car boots here come with a tad more pollution). On my last visit I came across a bundle of embroideries. 

Our home is full of interesting and amazing objects and images that love and truth be known there isn't that much space for adding to it - sometimes I change a few things around  or swap them. So, I needed some ideas on how to use the embroideries outside of just having them on the wall - and I did come up with some ideas - this one being the most simple and straight forward to do. 

This gillet or jacket project can be sewn by sewing machine (your own or take to a dry cleaner / tailor) or with a little bit more effort sewn by hand. 


I simply took a denim jacket. The one I decided to use had no sleeves and is perfect for the coming Spring weather. I took the embroidery from its frame (frame to be up-cycled in a later project) and simply placed it on the back of the jacket (the edges of the fabric having already been folded under). I then pinned it in to place and with my sewing machine sewed around the embroidery close to the edge. I chose a blue thread as I wanted the thread to be seen and echo the colour of the denim jacket. 

And that apart from removing pins - is it! 


Jeans Pocket Update


I only just came across this photograph reference ctreasury from Instagram. I believe it is photograph taken from New York fashion week 2018. 

What I do know is that it is genius. I love it! I'm not advocating you chop up all your widely expansive handbags but what about the ones we see in charity shops thats are fake? Or what about a scarf that you no longer wish to use? 

Before we discard items of clothing, it is worth thinking about re-purposing, chopping them up, changing the use...

I know next on my 'sewing list' is making a pair of these jeans - I just need to find 'the thing' that needs re-purposing and its a job done!

How To - Bleach A Jacket


Evidently denim jackets are set to be big - in style, shape and fashion this coming spring. I have already been working on a few ideas over the last few months, mainly involving sewing and reworking old denim jackets that people have discarded for various reasons - holes, missing buttons, rips. 

But I had a quick idea last week with involves no sewing and is a quick and easy way to get the current trend of re-working denim - simply fake it - with bleach. 

💙All that is needed is a denim jacket, house hold bleach (I always use cheap and cheerful) and some masking tape. 💙

 Simply place the masking tape down the back of the jacket so that the edge of the tape is the in the centre.

Place over a sink as below and add bleach. Leave for up to an hour.

Take the tape off and then put into the washing machine with detergent on a 40 degree wash. 


Bleach & Over-Dye Jeans


Coloured denim is set to be a huge trend this summer. Inspired by the sunny yellow of the daffodils, plus the fact I found some yellow Dylon dye in the back of the washing cupboard - waste not want not, and all that ...


I simply choice a pair of jeans for myself and a pair for Lyric. Both pairs are going to be 'made to measure' or 'bespoke' i.e I am going to tailor them to fit us, so it didn't really matter on the size. What mattered most, was the level of  blue dye in the jeans. The jeans needed to be a medium blue so that we could strip the colour with bleach without destroying the fabric. 

Quick note - I like to leave clothes or fabric in bleach for up to an 1 hour maximum. 

I left the tops of the jeans out of the sink and away from the bleach. This enabled me to see how much dye was stripped away - and plus I liked the effect of leaving the waistband untouched. 

I put the jeans in our utility sink (you can use a bucket too) and poured cheap non branded bleach on to the denim. Leaving it on the denim for 45 minutes. 

Then I washed the jeans on a 40 degree wash with washing powder.

They were then left to dry.


All that was left to do was to put the jeans back into the washing machine when dry. Add the Dylon washing machine powder (I use the pods which contain everything needed to dye and fix the dye). I put them back onto a 40 degree wash and then hung them over a radiator to dry.


As you can see my jeans came out brighter and Lyrics came out darker and slightly patchy - which when we did a family  - we all preferred! 

The beauty of bleaching and over dying is the outcome can be slightly unpredictable but this can also be fun.


Quick Children's Denim Jacket Update

Denim Jacket - East London Style (Home-made), Onsie - H&M.

Denim Jacket - East London Style (Home-made), Onsie - H&M.

When Lyric was really little he was drawn to badges, also I might add people liked giving him badges. For a while I wasn't really sure what to do with them, I would attach to his t-shirt and then forget about them. Some would survive the washing machine, others wouldn't...

But then one day when Lyric and I were in Paris, foraging around the flea market. I had an idea. 

Why not attach them to something, 'a something' which would put them all together in one place. At the same time, patches were massively popular. It occurred to me that both patches and badges would be best placed on denim. Lyric and I found a child old denim jacket. Simply we washed it and from then on any badges we were given or found we put onto the denim jacket. 


Such a simple thing and when he finally grows out of it, I have every intention of framing it. The jacket brings me immense pleasure and fond memories - all in one place. 

Please note, it doesn't have to be a denim jacket. Any item of clothing would work but a jacket works well as the pins aren't in direct contact with the skin.