2018 Upcycling Challenge

Marci Debetaz

My name is Marci Debetaz and I blog at www.MarciGirlDesigns.com and can be found on Instagram @Marci_Girl.  I have written a blog post about this challenge and my project and it can be found here – http://www.marcigirldesigns.com/blog/breaking-the-rules-upcycling-challenge

I started with a pair of unwanted ladies dress pants from my Sister-In-Law and a new 1/3 yard cut of grey knit fabric.  Inspired by all the cute overalls/bibs that have been in style lately I decided to make a miniaturized version of the Burnside Bibs by Sew Seven House, using a vintage Simplicity pattern (that was too large) I drafted a new pattern following the design features of the Burnside Bibs.  The grey knit top was made from my recent pdf purchase of the Melanie Maxi Dress & More pattern by Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop.  I used the leftover scraps from both the pants and knit top to make a matching big bow headband and a tote bag that is lined with Micheal Miller fabric (Peacock Lane by Violet Craft.)  I specifically used Tip #5 and Tip #6 from the kick off post.  I spent an afternoon with my seam ripper and took apart 3/4 of the seams in the pants, which thank goodness I did as that seam allowance really did come into use.  In the end I used almost all the pre-existing tailoring from the pants in my new garment.  I used all four pockets, all of the belt loops and the waistband, using those pockets saved me so much time and created such a tailored look with basically no work at all on my end.  I couldn’t be happier, I recycled pants that were on the way to the donation pile and my daughter ended up with an adorable outfit!



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