Friday, March 29, 2013

7 things you can do with your old denim


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Each of us has that pile of jeans in our wardrobe that we don't wear anymore. A pair was our favorite of a period and trying it on again now we cannot explain ourselves why. Another one never really fitted us, but we promised to lose weight so we bought it anyway. Nonetheless, it never happened and those jeans are still on the back of the closet. The third pair is not fashionable anymore. The other day I was reading about the Upcycling denim challenge on Outsapop and I was reflecting that denim fabric is almost indestrutible and can be used again and again before being trashed.  So take that pile of jeans, a pair of scissors and give a new life to that old denim. Recycle your jeans, they may become your new favorite spring must have. Get inspired by the ideas below and check out my diy trousers section with a lot of jeans re-styles.




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bag made of recycled denim strips pic via ecouterre - a quicker version  this shopper  by avec 10 doits

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jeans bag -the 5 pockets istantly become useful bag pockets - tutorial by Make Mine Silk
Three different bags made of recycled denim of increasing difficulty. The istant bag is the one above, you cut your jeans and sew them at the bottom, the tutorial is by Make Mine Silk.

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man shirt into skirt by madebylex

Man shirts are often "the chosen victims" of re-fashions. Made by Lex, transformed a man shirt into an easy skirt. Love it.
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Lanvin for Acne pic via StylebyKling
Now if we pick the skirt with elastic at the waist as a starting point we can create a lot more styles making little variations. This Lanvin for Acne collection from 2010  it's a great source of inspiration.  The skirt with the frill on one side is feminine and wearable while the dress is the middle has a draped top over the simple skirt.
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jeans boots  via inspirefusion
A creative way to reuse jeans? Boots with pockets!
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Chanel spring 2013
Girly short dress by Chanel clearly inspired to a pair of jeans; and that pair  could be used to make it!

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dip dye your jeans pic via fashionfifth
So you don't like your jeans anymore, why not dye them? The ones above are dip dyed jeans soaken up in a bleach solution.

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jeans leg into lunch tote bag via outsapop
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Denim shirt refashion by Inspiration&Realisation
The different fabrics sewn together create a new up-to-date look.

12 comments:

Donatella M. said...

Siccome ho una pila di vecchi jeans e ne dovro' pur fare qualcosa, stavo leggendo il tuo post quando ... bam! ci sono anch'io!! grazie per avermi messo nel tuo roundup! il vestitino di Chanel.... mmmmmm... mi garba!!! :)

Floortje van Cooten said...

Cool!

Paula Shoe-fiend said...

I love all of these ideas - but I think for the novice sewer a handbag is a great place to start!
Are you going to show us how its done? Just if you have the time :-D

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.uk/

Matter Of Style said...

@donatella eh eh quella camicia รจ proprio bella!

Matter Of Style said...

@Paula if you click on the link I put below the images you'll find the tutorials of the bag with pockets and the vowen one

Sylvia Salas - Dare to DIY said...

This is so inspiring!! I love Lavin's dresses and the one from Chanel. Love the idea of the dyed denim. I was going to make a denim dress and I'll probably use some of this inspirations :)

xxx

Shana Chu said...

I love the draped dresses and skirt! Thanks for this inspiration

Carmen said...

These are some great ideas, thanks for sharing :)
xx
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Auna Kay said...

This is the BEST round up I've seen! So often reusing denim can look tacky and dated, but these are wonderful. I'm fairly certain a pair of denim boots + lunch bag are in my future! <3

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V and S (zuckerfrei). said...

Mi piace tantissimo questa idea:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Bp0i0hBaWXs/UUroa7WpoTI/AAAAAAAAJzg/dFzwSIscmiQ/s640/ae739ace4beabe903eb95486a8460e05.jpg

davvero geniale <3

Shauna S said...

This is great. I love the woven bags. I will not throw away my old jeans now. Upcycling is one of my favorite things to do.

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