LyllosMig

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Jeans to Shortalls Tutorial

Jeans to ShortallsI am so happy to finally publish this post. The idea came to me last spring: “wouldn’t it be cool to turn a pair of jeans into shortalls?” Shortalls were all over the place back then and I was reminiscing about my youth in the 90s and how comfortable it was with overalls. Then the summer came and went, without any shortalls for me.Jeans to Shortalls After some pinning and pondering I convinced myself to try again this year. I started out with a pair of black jeans, got to test out my visions and then ended up giving up for a while. One weekend I started again with another pair of jeans and finally got them done. When I finish a project I always do a big reveal for my boyfriend where I go into the room he’s in and say “ta-daa!”. This was one of the best reveals since I had finally gotten this vision out in the real world, and it didn’t hurt that he had been hinting that he would love to see me in overalls for a long time.Jeans to Shortalls Since it’s been such a long process to post this it means that I’m doing so at the end of summer instead of the beginning. Maybe shortalls are terribly out of style now, I wouldn’t know. Hopefully someone will be inspired anyways and I’m already thinking about trying this out with two pairs of pants to make overalls.Jeans to ShortallsThis is a pretty time consuming project, it might even take as long as making shortalls from scratch but I love the fact that the fades and details are kept intact. Not to mention that redesign is always fun and great for the environment.Jeans to ShortallsThe top I’m wearing is the Nettie Bodysuit from Closet Case Files. This is the second one I’ve made and I love them both. The third version is a hack out of the pattern that I hope to be showing you soon. I like the look of a tight top under overalls/shortalls but the negative part is that going to the bathroom is a real hassle (so many buttons!).Jeans to ShortallsI would love to know if anyone tries out this tutorial so leave me a comment, E-mail or message on Instagram (@Sewlyllosmig). The same goes if you have any questions or suggestions for improvement.
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Dancing Kitty Jacket

To be honest, I didn’t really pay attention when Jenny Hellström was a popular designer, I probably should have though. Her philosophy on sewing, redesign and ecology is close to my own, not to mention that her designs and sewing patterns are pretty awesome. I loved her first book Sy! Från hood till skjortklänning but unfortunately only got around to making a few things from that, like this and this. When I saw that she had released a new book (Sy! Urban Collection) I quickly ordered it and waited patiently. After my first look through the book, my feeling was “I want to make everything!” and I was really inspired. Unfortunately I don’t think the books have been translated to english yet which is a real shame. If anyone knows differently I would love to know! Kitty Jacket Jenny HellströmThis is called the Kitty Jacket and one of the versions in the book was made in denim and I just thought it was such a cool version of a jean jacket. I was delighted when I realised I had just enough of some vintage denim that I scored on major sale in Denmark. The jacket is fully lined which I forgot to photograph but you can see it here in my sneak peak from a while back. This pattern has a lot of pieces to cut out, I think I counted 19 pieces so it took a while before I could start sewing.  This was pretty fun to sew, and I like to sew in denim.Kitty Jacket Jenny HellströmExcuse the wrinkles and my bad posture.  Kitty Jacket Jenny Hellström Inspired by the version in the book, I decided on doing a different approach to the topstitching as you can see from the picture below. I did two rows of top stitching close together. Before you think that the lines are wonky, this was a style choice. I know that a lot of sewers (especially me) say that after they’ve made a mistake but in this case it’s actually true, haha.  Kitty Jacket Jenny Hellström

I made the bottom of the jacket different from the pattern. My version is squared with an elastized hem band while the version in the book is curved and quite short. You can see the book version at the bottom of this page (and read the interview with Jenny Hellström to get to know her a bit), unfortunately you can’t really see the bottom there though but you can see it starts to curve. When you see the book version you might notice that the collar on mine is different. This is the other kind of style choice I mentioned above :). Somehow my collar was too short to connect to the lapels or maybe I didn’t follow the instructions closely enough. This only bothers me a little though… *trying to look away*

Kitty Jacket Jenny Hellström I made a rather more annoying mistake that bothers me alot. The lining is not altered enough in relation to the change I did with the elastic hem so the lining pulls and is a bit too tight when I button it. So I’ve kept it open for now, maybe I’ll get to fixing it someday. Kitty Jacket Jenny HellströmI made this top too, it’s a Hemlock long sleeve tee, another great tee pattern. I ran out of the striped fabric so I added a pink yoke. After the first wash I realized that the pink fabric had been put in my stash without pre-washing. Pink spots all over, grrr… Kitty Jacket Jenny HellströmThe lake was like a mirror the day we took these pictures.  Have you ever made an alternative kind of jean jacket? Have you ever been alone on a beach at 10 am and just wanted to dance? Kitty Jacket Jenny Hellström  

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