Refashion Runway Week 2: Denim

It’s week two of Refashion Runway, and I (somehow) was lucky enough to make it to challenge two – denim! I’ve been reading a lot lately about how overalls are making a comeback so when I saw denim was the week 2 challenge I figured it was time. I found these original bugle boy denim overalls at Goodwill for just $3! Can you believe someone gave these up? 🙂 DenimBA I’ve never sewn on denim before (this became apparent when I immediately snapped the denim needle on my sewing machine – helpful hint – lengthen your stitch length!). And so, over the course of 48 hours, three and a half cups of coffee, and two denim needles, what started out as a men’s extra-large was transformed into a pair of (hopefully) cute “short-er-alls” that I don’t feel embarrassed wearing around my hometown. photo (8)

  • What I did:
  • Cut the sides out (to bring them in)
  • Shortened them (literally by 2 1/2 feet!)
  • Raised the crotch (about 3″),
  • Shortened the overall straps
  • Made the bib thinner

Sewing on this really thick denim definitely made me nervous (I didn’t realize how strong my sewing machine was!), keeping seams and buttons lined up was difficult, but I’m really happy with how they turned out.. _1060868.RW2 _1060652 _1060728 The woods we were in were covered in wildflowers, as soon as I saw them I couldn’t help but be inspired.. _1060773_1060825_1060916

As we wandered around trying to find places to take pictures, we ran into a woman who ended up being the mother of someone I went to high school with (yay for small towns!), she was gracious enough to allow us to take some photos on her property and with her animals. I even was able to pick up some cool clothes from her little shop that I just can’t wait to refashion! _1060846Check out the competition and cast your vote today!


28 thoughts on “Refashion Runway Week 2: Denim

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  3. Ooh I love this! The images on the overalls are really original and your adjustments make them look really wearable. I hadn’t thought about the problems with sewing denim, I’ll have to remember that if I ever try it!

    • Thank you! I agree – the images are so unique, when I saw these I just couldn’t pass them up! Definitely remember these tips when sewing on denim, especially thick denim with multiple layers (my machine REALLY impressed me on this project!)

  4. You’ve got my vote this week! I love what you did to the overalls. The fit is perfect and you look adorable in them. Your photos are awesome and the perfect setting for your new shorty overalls. Thanks for sharing how you did this. Good luck this week.

  5. the overall–shortalls are really cute and they look good on you, but, HEY, everything looks good on you!!! Of course I like the horse–I always have, so the pix were great too. Luv ya, MM


  6. So cute! And love them as shorts. I know you will get a lot of wear from this refashion. By the way, there is a “Thingamajig” ( It is actually called that) that you can buy which helps you sew over thick seams such as in denim. It is a flat plastic plate with the center out so the needle can sew and it helps you ride over the seams. You place it down when you get to a huge bump. I also used it last week to hem napkins when I got to the corners because the material I was using was very thick when doubled. It will save a lot of needles if you sew on thick fabrics again.

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