Embroidered Jeans

After finishing up my last knitting project, I needed another portable project for when I watch TV or travel. Because the season is heading toward Summer, I took a break from knitting and decided to transform my boyfriend denim. It was already refashioned once from thrifted mom jeans to tapered boyfriend fit but I wanted to incorporate the embroidery trend (You can see my mood board on Pinterest). I had a lot of embroidery threads left over from my previous projects (here and here) so I had everything I needed to tackle this project right away. I used this Japanese book, titled “可愛いハンガリー刺しゅう:はじめてでも楽しめる伝統ある手仕事” and followed the patterns. I used an erasable pen to draw patterns on the jeans. Most things are done using satin stitches and lines are done by stem stitches (useful article on 10 hand embroidery stitches). The trick is to first do the running stitches around the border and then fill the canvas with satin stitches. This way the embroider has more 3D effect. Here are some progress photos – from left, 3/23/2017, 3/9/2017 and 4/19/2017. It took a couple of months to finish. I’m glad that they are done before the embroidery trend is over. After I finish all the embroidery, I had to take in 12cm total of waist. I followed this youtube tutorial. 12cm was a lot to take in, so you can see the side seams are not in true side anymore. Sorry for the many butt photos! But I needed to show off the months of handy work:)  



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MADE | High Waisted Tweed Pants

Near my house, there is a craft shop called mano creare. It is owned by Okadaya, but tailored more for moms. They curate their stuff so as to attract moms who make kids’ bags and lunch box covers for preschool. Most of what they have is cotton with cars, buses or ballerina prints but, occasionally I can find more exciting treasures. I found this beige tweed on the end of the winter sale rack for just 900 yen for 1.5 meters. The fabric has a wide width, approximately about 145cm so I immediately thought of making a pair or wide legged trousers. The fabric has nice weight and have slight sheen to it. I have drafted a high waisted pants pattern and have been modifying over the past few months. It started when I made these shorts and I loved the fit. It sits on natural waist, covers the belly part with the front tucks and the back accentuate the waist and butt. So I used the variation of it to make these jumpsuit for a customer, wool top and pants set for myself(which are yet to be blogged), and these pants. I added back pockets which are never going to be used but it is a nice detail. The buttons are a gift from my friend, who found many vintage buttons at a flea market in England.  I also made the front pockets, but it was not until I finished that I realized the design flaw. Since the pants are high waisted, they should have been placed on the side, from about five centimeters from the waistline so you can stick your hands in. Turned out I have four pockets that I won’t be really be using.
The hem is wrapped with beige silk satin bias strips (left over from this dress). These hidden details are nice! Nobody will look at it or notice it but it’s ok. It satisfied the maker’s ego.
Worn with crossover back chambray shirt (blogged here) and Superga sneakers. I’ve also worn them with stripe shirt. Wide leggs are nice so I can wear leggings and long socks inside to keep warm.I am satisfied with the end result and already started thinking of making another pair for warmer season. Maybe in bright red linen with cropped hem? These earrings are also my recent make. I took a jewelry making workshop. The group get together once a month to make different jewelry and the fee is usually 1,000 yen.


生地は近くのmano creareで。セールで1.5mカットを900円でゲット!

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Dot Sweatpants | 1 Hour Sewing

One Hour Sewing Dot Sweatpants (via vivatveritas

I wrote in the past how much I love making handmade gifts. I think it feels special and you can tailor the things you make depending on the person you are giving the gift to. I made these sweatpants for my friend who is leaving to go overseas for the next two years. She asked if I can make sweatpants that don’t scream out “sweatpants”. She sent me a few pictures of images and they were floral print but I had no luck finding pretty floral stretch material that cwould work for adults in my recent shopping trip to Nippori. Because the time was running out, I picked out this dot print.

Again, I used the patterns from a Japanese pattern book, called Otona no pants to skirt (Pants and Skirts for Adults (大人のパンツとスカート). You can see my previous version here. I made the E-2 long version last time. This time I made the E-1 version which is cropped. It might go to right above ankle for my friend since she is a bit shorter.

It was really a quick sew and the whole cutting and sewing took about an hour. No new modification this time. You can see what I changed from the original patterns in my previous post.

I made this off-the-shoulder top as well, using the remaining rib fabric I used for the sweatpant’s ankle cuffs and waist band. I cut out the bra cup from my old cami that got stretched out and added inside the top, so I can wear this without worrying about the bra line.

Speaking of bra’s, I finally purchased the Watson bra pattern from Cloth Habit! I know I’m so late on this sew-along, but I’m excited nonetheless! This will be my first bra sewing attempt. It’s fabulous how sewing communities evolved and influence each other. Without it, I wouldn’t have taken the plunge to sew my first jeans, let alone a bra.



Dot Joggers Using Japanese Sewing Patterns (via vivatveritas Dots Sweatpants Gift Easy sweatpants! Click through to see what patterns to usechie sig2

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