The Refashioners 2016 Competition – Denim Kimono Jacket from Jeans

My Denim Kimono Jacket…

Denim Kimono Jacket Pink Cuffs refashioned from old jeans

My refashioned Denim Kimono Jacket from old jeans

I recently stumbled across The Refashioners 2016, a competition to refashion a pair of jeans into something new. My immediate reaction was ‘Wow, this is right up my street.’ It sounded a fun and straightforward thing to do, particularly as they explicitly state ‘It’s about getting you to try refashioning if you’ve never tried it before’.

The Refashioners 2016 is hosted by Portia on makery.uk

The Refashioners 2016

The Refashioners 2016

I’ve gathered a selection of jeans together from family and friends and now have a child’s pair of faded pink jeans, a man’s pair of worn out, faded and patched up jeans and two pairs of larger ladies jeans in quite a dark denim.

The Refashioners 2016 Pile of Jeans to Refashion

The Refashioners 2016 Pile of Jeans to Refashion

As seen in this month’s Hello Fashion Magazine, Kimono Jackets are very fashionable right now, so I opted to refashion one out of my selection of jeans.

Hello Fashion Magazine August 2016 - Kimono Jackets are in!

Hello Fashion Magazine August 2016 – Kimono Jackets are in!

I’d already bookmarked a Kimono pattern in the Liberty Book of Home Sewing from 2011, so I decided to use it as a baseline to start designing my denim Kimono jacket.

The Liberty Book of Home Sewing includes a Kimono Pattern

The Liberty Book of Home Sewing includes a Kimono Pattern

I started by getting out a roll of Dressmaker’s pattern paper. This is the first time I’ve ever used this squared paper to draw out a pattern, but I enjoy drawing so it wasn’t too intimidating a task.

Pattern Drafting Grid Paper Kimono Sewing

Pattern Drafting the Kimono onto Grid Paper

Pattern Drafting Grid Paper Kimono Sewing (2)

Pattern Drafting Grid Paper Kimono Sewing

Convert 2.5cm squares to 2cm squares on the paper

The pattern in the book is gridded so it can be copied onto dressmaker’s grid paper. The trouble was, in the book the squares were each equal to 2.5cm and my paper was 2cm squared.
So I did as follows:
counted the squares in the row I was copying.
eg: 26 squares in the row = 26*2.5 = 65cm
then 65/2 = 32.5 squares to draw in this row.

I hope that makes some sense. I got myself very confused. However, it worked!

Cut Out Pattern Draft using Grid Square Paper

Cut Out Pattern Draft using Grid Square Paper

After sketching some ideas, I’ve decided to split each front kimono panel into 3 pieces and the back into 6 pieces. I’m going to use the dark denim for the main strips and the light denim for the sleeves. I’m using Dylon flamingo pink dye to dye the remainder of the faded men’s jeans and the child’s pink jeans.

Flamingo Pink Dylon Dye

Flamingo Pink Dylon Dye

I’m then going to use the dyed pink pieces of denim for the cuffs, belt, belt loops, edging and pockets.

Faded Denim Jeans Cut Out

Faded Denim Jeans Cut Out

Faded Denim Jeans Cut Out, Pinned & Stitched together to create Facing

Faded Denim Jeans Cut Out, Pinned & Stitched together to create Facing

Denim Belt and Facing from faded Jeans. Cut into pieces and sewn together.

Denim Belt and Facing from faded Jeans. Cut into pieces and sewn together.

To create the length of the edging I needed to piece together lots of small sections of denim and I’m not convinced I’m going to love the patchy look. I’ll give it a go, but if it’s not wowing me then I’ll possibly cover it with a fabric from my stash.

Preparing to Sew

I’ve also got blue jean dye so I’m considering dying the main sections with that, but having laid out the fabric pieces on the floor, as they are, I think they look quite good, so for now I’ll leave them alone.

Denim Kimono Pattern Pieces Layed Out with Blue, Pink and Purple Denims

Denim Kimono Pattern Pieces Layed Out with Blue, Pink and Purple Denims

I really love the shade of pink that the originally pink jeans turned, but the light denim turned purple, which I’m not so keen on for the edging.

 

Denim Kimono Pattern Pieces Layed Out with Belt Loops in Front

Denim Kimono Pattern Pieces Layed Out with Belt Loops in Front

I love the little pockets from the pink jeans, with the rectangular shaped top that overshoots the edges of the pocket. As you can see in the images I tested placing these in the front of the jacket, but after dithering over it for quite some time, I decided it was a bit of ‘pink overload’ and I’d be more likely to wear the jacket without so much pink on the front. The same goes for the belt loops, I finally opted to place them in the centre back of the kimono, rather than add more pink to the front.

 

Denim Kimono Pattern Pieces Layed Out Front and Back with Belt Loops & Pockets in Front

Denim Kimono Pattern Pieces Layed Out Front and Back with Belt Loops & Pockets in Front

 

Denim Kimono Pattern Pieces Layed Out Pinned Together Front and Back

Denim Kimono Pattern Pieces Layed Out Pinned Together Front and Back

Pinning & Stitching

I pinned and sewed together the seams on each of the three pieces to make each front pattern piece and then I did the same with the six back panels. I then laid them out on the floor, right-sides together and pinned at the shoulders and side seams.

Pinning Kimono Pieces together at the side seams

Pinning Kimono Pieces together

Pinning Cuffs on Kimono

Pinning Cuffs on Kimono

After machine stitching all the sections together I pinned on the cuffs.

Denim Kimono Pattern Pieces Sewn Together

Denim Kimono Pattern Pieces Sewn Together & Layed Out

Denim coloured Linen Fabric

Dark Denim coloured Fabric from my stash

I found this dark denim coloured fabric in my stash, which I thought would be perfect for a subtle edging and belt. It feels quite soft but strong, is it linen? I’m still discovering how to identify fabric types, so I’m really not sure, but I like it.

I do like Kimono jackets but I can’t help thinking of dressing gowns when I see one so whether I’ll wear it or not remains to be seen.

Pinning facing onto Kimono

Pinning facing onto Kimono

Pinning facing onto Kimono

Pinning facing onto Kimono

Pinning facing onto Kimono

Pinning facing onto Kimono

Pinning facing onto Kimono

Pinning facing onto Kimono

Hemming was straightforward, I pinned up 1cm along the bottom edge, then folded again 3cm up. I then machine stitched it in place.

3cm hem on Denim Kimono

Hem on Denim Kimono

3cm hem on Denim Kimono

3cm hem on Denim Kimono

Denim Kimono with Pink Belt Loops

Denim Kimono with Pink Belt Loops in the centre back.

 

Belt Loops on Back Denim Kimono

Belt Loops on the Back of the Denim Kimono

Inspirations

I’m a Pinterest addict and some of my favourite images to pin and lust over are the latest creations from Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabanna and Roberto Cavall, I’ve been particularly crazy about the colourful pom-pom offerings this Spring/Summer AW16.

Pom-Pom Fashion 2016

Pom-Pom Fashion 2016

So one of my sketches included a pom-pom trim, but again, the sensible side of me, said ‘Tone it down!’ but it just goes to show you can really go to town when refashioning!

Sketch of Denim Kimono with Pom Poms

Sketch of Denim Kimono with Pom Pom trim

Pom Pink Pom-Pom Trim

Pink Pom-Pom Trim

 

The Refashioners 2016 – My Denim Kimono

PomPom denim kimono

 

The Refashioners 2016 Ways to Enter Jeans

The Refashioners 2016 Ways to Enter Your Refashioned Jeans

Back view of Denim Kimono Jacket

Back view of Denim Kimono Jacket

Denim Kimono Jacket for Autumn 2016

Denim Kimono Jacket

Pink Pockets and Pink Pom-Pom Trim

Pink Pockets and Pink Pom-Pom Trim

I was reeeeeeeally tempted to add the pink pockets to the front and the pom-pom trim but I was worried it would be less ‘Dolce & Gabanna’ and much more ‘Homemade’ so I took the easy way and chickened out. As it is, it’s lightweight and I think wearable, with just a touch of pink.

This is my very first refashion project and the first time I’ve sewn denim. I really enjoyed doing both. The denim was very easy to work with and I loved creating a wearable fashion piece out of old jeans as my entry into The Refashioners 2016.

Thanks to Portia for running The Refashioners 2016 competition. I really enjoyed seeing all the countdown blog entries and I can’t wait to see all the other entries

#jeanius #therefashioners2016.

 

Denim Kimono Jacket Pink Cuffs refashioned from old jeans

My Denim Kimono Jacket with Pink Cuffs refashioned from old jeans

4 Comments

    • Thank you very much. I found the denim much easier to work with than I expected. I loved the diagonals in your dress too.

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