Monday, August 22, 2016

Jeanius Refashioned Coat Using Simplicity 1254

It is 90 degrees in Texas and I have made my Winter coat! I am so ahead of the game this year! Yay me! Okay, that is not completely accurate. I have finished my Winter coat from last year! 



I began this refashioned, pieced denim coat last Winter using Simplicity 1254 by Leanne Marshall. After spending many hours piecing the coat exterior, I lost my sewjo. All the improvising and auditioning placement of pieces, took it out of me. That coupled with the rapid change in weather, relegated the shell of this coat to my W.I.P. pile.  


I picked this project up again when Lisa over at Pattern and Branch alerted me to the #Refashioners2016 #Jeanius challenge. The Refashioners is a challenge created by Portia Lawrie of Makery that showcases ways to refashion a selected garment. This years challenge is denim from jeans.



To make my coat I pieced 9 pair of men's and women's jeans. After "making" my fabric base, I cut the pieces and sewed per instructions.


The cowl is large and can be used as a hood if you prefer. My choice of denim makes it too heavy for that to be practical. 
  

The only change I made to the instructions was to add two snaps to the underside of the front facing. This part is made using the waistband from one of the jeans. It it does not lay flat because of its' thickness. The snaps keep it together. 


The inside of the coat is lined with Dutch Wax fabric. As is normal with me and linings, I had some troubles with sewing it. Nothing about the pattern just me and the way my brain works. It required a little more concentration, but I go the job done.

Lining Front

Lining back
It is funny, when I pulled this from the W.I.P pile, I couldn't remember why I lost my sewjo. I expected to see glaring problems to resolve. There were none. It serves as a reminder to walk away from stressful situations and projects if you can. Time away gives new perspectives and can reignite excitement after the love is gone.

How about you think about making a project? The challenge goes until September 30th so you have time. 

Happy Sewing,
Bianca

20 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous and I love how you used the pieces of the jeans. I sure hope you're entering this into the contest! So glad you picked it back up to finish.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so Much Carolyn. Yes, I have entered it! :)

      Delete
  2. Wow this is excellent. Good luck I really contest

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is so cool! I'm so glad you're entering. Best wishes for success! :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. And thanks for the shoutout.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks and thanks for encouraging me!

      Delete
  5. Really cool to see this pattern made up using such creative fabric! And so cool too that you started this even before you heard of the challenge -- you're a real refashioner. :) Love the lining, and yes -- perspective is everything, in sewing and in life. :-p

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! Without the challenge I am not sure I would have finished it! So happy with the result.

      Delete
  6. Love this and the special lining. Sometimes you just have to walk away from a project. Worth the wait!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you and I definitely agree about walking away.

      Delete
  7. This coat is insane in the most awesome way. I Love it... and I'm so jealous... I can't even fathom how much work all that piecing took!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! It was like putting together a puzzle, but worth it. Once I found an element I liked (the waistband as facing) it was easy to keep piecing.

      Delete
  8. Lovin' every gorgeous stitch, inside & out!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Replies
    1. Thanks Tomasa! I hope your house move is going well.

      Delete
  10. Another spectacular garment! Your creativity is amazing and your sewing talent kind of leaves me speechless. This is really an over-the-top coat because of all of the piecing, design sense, and the general difficulty in sewing denim. You will be an automatic first in the contest!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Tina you are so kind. It means so much to me that you appreciate the work that went into this. I am very proud of this!

      Delete
  11. cool, the garment is not worse than fashion outerwear 2016.Especially like the pattern on the inside of the coat.Stunning!

    ReplyDelete