LyllosMig

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Jeans to Shortalls Tutorial

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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.
Click here to see the tutorial! 
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Author: LyllosMig

I love to be creative, especially to sew, finding new patterns and fabrics is always rewarding and fun. I've grown up with the craft, my mother is a quilt-shop owner and her love for sewing has rubbed off on me.

5 thoughts on “Jeans to Shortalls Tutorial

  1. Such a smart redesign!
    Excellent use of the original garment and an elegant execution! It looked like you didn’t waste any fabric at all on your old jeans.
    Was it a difficult process? As a beginner in the world of sewing I feel it might be a too tough of a challenge for me…

    • Thank you! There was very little fabric left behind. It depends on what you’re comfortable with, for me, redesign can both be easier and more difficult to do than sewing from scratch. This is a pretty time consuming redesign but the steps aren’t too challenging in themselves. You should give it a try with a pair of jeans you don’t love. Good luck!

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  3. These are really cute! Can you make me some? It would solve the problem I have of my pants falling down all the time! I also think you look gret as a blonde! Hugs

    • Thanks! It would be fun to sew a pair for you together 🙂 I probably won’t be this blonde too much longer, but it was fun while it lasted! Hugs

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