Made it Monday – Upcycled Bloomers

*Uh oh, due to non-sleeping children, Made it Monday didn’t happen as scheduled. I’m planning on double posting today, just to get back on track 🙂 This afternoon, I’ll share how far I’ve gotten in the bedroom…*

I love upcycling clothes for a few reasons. Firstly, it’s low stakes (usually). I don’t mind if something I paid $2 for at the Op Shop doesn’t survive my creative adventure. I get a kick out of breathing new life into something someone else had written off. I also love how you can create something that’s not only unique, but specific to my needs (I’ll explain that better next Monday).

Anyway, this is my current victim…

Underneath the shoulder pads and puffy sleeves lies a heart of gold...
Underneath the shoulder pads and puffy sleeves lies a heart of gold…

Just below knee length shirt dress with puffy sleeves, shoulder pads and a belted waist. On first impressions, it’s not exactly high fashion, but the print is cute, and it’s 100% cotton. I have plans to create two new pieces out of it – a sleeveless dress for me, and a pair of bloomers for Clara.

I cut the sleeves off at the seam, and pulled out the shoulder pads.

Using the sleeves as the legs, I then traced and cut a pattern piece for the gusset. These will be almost harem pants, so I wasn’t too fussed about shaping them at this point.

I used a pair of paint without elastic to compare width, and the created a pattern piece that filled the gap
I used a pair of pants without elastic to compare width, and then created a pattern piece that filled the gap

Once the gusset piece was in, I had to bind the seams, as Pollylocker is still with the technician 😦

Very fussy seam for a pair of upcycled shorts, but it wasn't the right place for French seams, and with no overlocker, it was the neatest way to finish.
Very fussy seam for a pair of upcycled shorts, but it wasn’t the right place for French seams, and with no overlocker, it was the neatest way to finish.

Once the seams were bound, I gave the bloomers a good press, and decided they needed some pleats across the waist front and back. They’ll have an elastic waist, but because I only use narrow elastic for this size, it would really struggle to adequately gather this volume of fabric. The hem of the legs, which were originally the gathered cuff of the sleeves, didn’t need touching – score!

With waistband, just waiting for elastic
With waistband, just waiting for elastic

I popped on a waist band, and now I’m just waiting for Sleeping Beauty to wake up so I can see how they fit and decide how big to make the waistband.

Anyone else a fan of upcycling?

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