Monday, April 4, 2016

Miss Polly blog tour, dress from upcycled jeans

Two weeks ago, during the release, I showed you two Miss Polly's. Today, on the blog tour, I am showing a third, a dress I made with Sewpony's pattern. With the first two dresses, I really followed the instructions. For this third, my hacker brain was allowed to play. When I saw the first version of the Polly, I assumed that the flaps were functional but they aren't in the official pattern. The version I am showing you today does have functional flaps though.


When I was sitting in front of my fabric closet, it was not coming to me. None of my woven fabrics where speaking to me. My woven selection is much smaller than my knit collection, but I still must have had over 20 coupons that did not seem suitable for my eight year old's Polly. I went through my upcycle pile and a pair of jeans caught my eye. I have read on several occasions that blue denim is trending again, so I settled on an upcycle project. Upycled jeans are very retro and perfect for a retro pattern like this.


The legs of the trousers were (of course) not wide enough for the entire front, so I decided to use the original seam as a decoration in the middle. I told you in this post, that I love upcycles that use elements from the original garment. When I tried to cut the front piece from one of the jeans' legs  I realized that the dress needed the entire leg's length, and the crotch curve was ruining my straight middle seam. After some debating with myself, I just unpicked the seam and sewed it back (a bit to the side) such that a flat surface was created, but the seam is curving slightly to the side.



I took the belt holder from the jeans and used it as decoration on the front to draw attention away from the curve. I also added one of the back pockets to the back of the dress. The back has the same asymmetrical curve, so some attention drawer was also advisable there. My daughter told me, to my surprise, she liked the white background side of the Wolf cape best. I had a small piece left, and this dress was as a perfect opportunity to use a bit more from it. The flowers give a very retro feel in combination with jeans.



When I finished the shoot and edited the pictures, I realized, I had made a mistake in the placement of the snaps. The flaps were curved incorrectly, now not the entire front neckline was showing. I adjusted and took two new pics. The shoot was not as successful as the day before, so I kept some pictures with the incorrect neckline as well. My husband does not see the difference, but I do, do you, do you see which two have the correct neckline?


The original design has one decorative button on the flap. I knew that one button would not be enough to keep the flaps in place in the right angle. I therefore added another "invisible" one, it is not through the entire flap, only through the lining. On this picture you can see the inside before I re-adjusted the snaps. I glued a fabric covered button on the outer snap, I am curious to see if it will remain in position after washing, but I assume it will.



I promised you long sleeves, and I was really planning to make them, but I feared they would not work with functional snaps. I do believe it is possible though, so let me think about that one a bit more.  Want to see more Polly's now? Today is just the first day of the tour and check out the line up!  Due to the blog tour there will be a 15% discount on the pattern from Monday 4th april - Friday 15 April with code: MISSPOLLY15 in the Sewpony shop. The code works for the other patterns too.


I love to hear what you think of my creations. Feel free to leave a comment in the language you prefer (although Google translate might have to assist me if you choose something different than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian).

24 comments:

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    1. Hij ging vandaag in ieder geval al aan naar school :)

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  2. Weer een topinpinrationcreatie!

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  3. Wauw superknap! Ferm staaltje recyKleren!

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    1. Probleem is wel dat door dat recykleren echt niks meer qua kleding weg kan doen, alles heeft potentie, ik heb zakken vol oude kleren staan...

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    1. Ik kan het niet laten he, altijd weer fijn als er ook iets aardigs uitkomt ;)

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  5. Wauw, Miranda! Dit is de allertofste upcycle van een jeans die ik al gezien heb! Alsof het ervoor gemaakt is. Topwerk!

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    1. Voor mijn doen erg lang getwijfeld of ik het wel ging doen, zeker toen ik tijdens het knippen van het voorpand dus die boog in de stof had (ik ben normaal nogal van de snel beslissen en deze jurk bezorgde me toch twee dagen lang veel twijfel), maar blij dat ik er voor gegaan ben.

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  6. Waw, heel erg leuk! Daar zal ze veel plezier aan beleven.
    (Ik ben maar meteen het patroon gaan kopen)

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    1. Benieuwd naar jouw toekomstige versies!

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  7. I love your recycled dress Miranda and how you made your flaps. It looks really comfortable too. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, it is really comfortable indeed, my mother wanted one as well :)

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  8. That is so cool! Love your upcycled Polly. A lot :)

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    1. Thanks Bettina, the seams are my sprinkles ;)

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  9. ik zie het niet...

    zeer leuke versie! overtuigt me dat dit ook een patroon is voor wat oudere kinderen!

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  10. Gewoon geweldig! Petje af voor jouw recykleertalent!!

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  11. I LOVE what you did with the pattern! The functional flaps are so awesome -- and hurray for a recycling project!!! This is awesome!

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  12. This dress is simply amazing! What a clever refashion :)

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  13. Super tof! Ik heb recent ook een jeans van mij net gered van de kledingcontainer met de bedoeling er de schaar in te zetten. Ben eens benieuwd :-).

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  14. Wow! I think this is my favorite version so far! The use of denim was genious!! Love it and may have to copy your idea... :) The usable flaps are also a great detail.

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