I hadn't heard of #therefashioners2016 challenge until I saw lots of great items that other sewers were posting on Instagram. This years challenge was to use a pair (or more) of old jeans to turn it into an item you would use or wear. It is being organised by Portia Lawrie.
The picture below shows my original idea. I thought it could either be a practical workshop apron or a smock/dungaree dress.
I got to work unpicking a pair of mens large jeans that were no longer being worn. By unpicking everything I learnt a lot about how mass production sewing works. I wanted to try to make something just out of one pair of jeans.
I quickly realised I wouldn't have enough fabric to make what I first had in mind. In the end it has become more of a minimalist smock dress. But I am really happy with it and surprised I just squeezed out enough fabric (there was a bit of patching up at the back).
Here is the final dress.
The back has cross over straps and the front has pockets made from the reverse of the fabric for a bit of contrast.
I tried to keep as many of the details of the original jeans - including the orange overlocker stitching.
It has been a great challenge. And all that was left of the jeans was this: